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Nurture your inner flame with body and movement

orange flame on black background, a metaphor for the inner flame that facilitators and coaches can nurture through body awareness and movement

You can lose connection with your "ikigai"

As a facilitator of change, leader, or coach, you work with your clients and teams on the uncomfortable, the unknown.

It can be overwhelming too. You can lose connection with your energetic aliveness, resilience and motivation.

The Japanese idea of "ikigai" gives us a useful framework to see what's strong, and what may be missing.

Your ikigai is what you love, are good at, and what the world needs - words written on a card on orange background

"Ikigai" points to a sweet spot, where what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs intersect and overlap.

When you freely do what you are passionate about, you are confident in our abilities, and what you do is something the world needs, then you can be in your flow.

When there is stress, challenge, or stuckness, however, you can be knocked off balance, and move out of the window of your leadership or coaching presence.

According to Stephen Porges' polyvagal theory, our autonomic nervous system can bring us into fight, or flight. Our blood pressure increases, our heart rate too, and we feel fear, stressed, or anxious. Our sympathetic nervous system is kicking in, and we're feeling the heat!

We can go into a freeze state too, if it all feels too much. We feel un-resourced, hopeless, and retreat. The dorsal vagal system comes into operation, and we feel the cold.

You can nurture your inner flame to modulate your state through body and movement

Polyvagal theory helps us to understand that managing your energy is not just about switching off your over-activation, or turning a switch to shift low energy to high energy.

Polyvagal Institute Autonomic Nervous system Polyvagal theory diagram Graphic 2023, from
Polyvagal Institute Autonomic Nervous System Polyvagal Theory Diagram Graphic 2023

There's an in-between state too. It's by engaging your social engagement system, the ventral vagal state, that you can modulate the heat.

If you're in a low energy state, you can turn the heat up, through physical activity, a walk, or a run. You can co-regulate, bringing yourself into social relation with others, over a chat, or a coffee.

If I'm in a freeze state, sleepy or tired, and need activating, I dance, and jump up and down!

If we're over-activated, we can turn the heat down. We can take a pause. Breathe, deeply. Bring mindful awareness.

As we shift our physical state, so our whole body, mind and energy, begin to shift too.

Daria Halprin puts it simply:

"As our body posture changes, so does our posture in life."

We can give ourselves time and space to nurture our inner flame, with body and movement.

We can learn and practice how we modulate the heat, dialling our energy up, or dialling it down.

How do you nurture your inner flame?

Tune into your whole body awareness with Facilitator Edge

Facilitator Edge is a practice space of tuning into your whole body awareness, where as a facilitator of change you can connect back to yourself, and return re-energised to your work and life.

You start with sensation - bringing awareness to your physical state, and slowly allowing that to shift. It's like a dance with yourself, as your curiosity tunes into and follows the gestures that your body wants to make. As you shift your physical state, so your whole being begins to shift too.

In bringing your curiosity to what challenges you, you open yourself to sensing new perspectives, possibilities, and creativity.

You stretch your own inner window of presence, and this is the core for catalysing change with others.

You cultivate and nurture your inner flame with body and movement.



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