The Science and Soul of Living Well

Listening to your body’s wisdom: Embodied resilience in daily life

January 14, 2022

In this episode, I have a rich conversation with Becca Clegg (@beccaclegglpc), an inspiring author, psychotherapist, embodiment teacher, consultant, & speaker, about listening to & learning from your body's wisdom.

Becca & I talk about what it means to live in an "embodied" way & why embodiment is so important. We also offer specific examples of how to recognize when you are veering toward disembodiment. Throughout our conversation, we share simple & accessible ways you can deepen your own practice of embodiment. We also highlight how embodiment and connecting and/or reconnecting with your body is a non-judgmental, compassionate framework for feeling what you feel. Such an approach can counteract your conditioning from cultural messages and life experiences that has taught you to view the body as shameful, or to understandably associate the body with a lack of safety. We close by discussing ways of cultivating more resilience in the face of stress through simple vagal toning practices. The journey towards increased embodiment is personal, not linear, and possible for everyone.

Becca Clegg is an author, psychotherapist, embodiment teacher, consultant, and speaker. She has worked for over 15 years as a therapist and currently has a private practice specializing in the treatment of women’s issues in Atlanta, GA. She has passion for working with women and strives to provide a supportive place for her clients and community to explore and heal their relationship with food, self-image, embodiment, spirituality (connection to that which goes deeper than the physical) & personal development. To connect with Becca, visit her website (https://rebeccaclegg.com), follow her on Instagram (@beccaclegglpc), & check our her book (https://rebeccaclegg.com/the-book/).

Additional Resources & Information

  1. If you're interested in personalized support that integrates tools from evidence-based psychology and ancient wisdom traditions, check out my 1:1 Coaching Program and if the fit is right, apply today to join the waitlist for 2022: https://melissafoynes.com/1-1-program

  2. If you are interested in a free consultation to chat about whether the 1:1 program may be right for you, feel free to email me at hello@melissafoynes.com to set-up a time to connect. I'd love to hear from you!

  3. For more strategies that can support you in your practice of embodiment and cultivating resilience and balance in times of transition, stress, and hardship, check out my free 4-part video series on building resilience: https://melissafoynes.com/free-series

  4. If you notice perfectionism in your relationship to your body, check out the free 49-page workbook "A Guided Self-Assessment: Understanding Perfectionistic Tendencies" (https://melissafoynes.com/perfectionistic-tendencies) and the accompanying 3-part perfectionism series on the podcast (Episodes 28, 29, and 30).

  5. Follow @drfoynes on Instagram for more tips on learning from your body's wisdom and living in a more embodied way.

Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, & is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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