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Could you make yourself 10% more comfortable right now?

You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. – Mary Oliver

What would the soft animal of your body love right in this moment? A sip of water? A stretch? A deep breath? To stand up and walk out into the beautiful world and unplug for awhile?

Meet Erin             unnamed

 

Hi! I’m so happy you’re here!

I love reading personal details on other people’s sites.  In case you do too, I decided to share some of my own.

I love movement, meditation, and brave self-friendship. I’m a mama, writer, inspirer, mentor, encourager, listener, lifeong-learner, and an asker of really good questions.

I love reading poetry every day.

I choose turquoise over diamonds and a farmers’ market over a mall. Every. single. time.

I love to be barefoot as often as possible.

While some people have power animals, my husband jokingly calls homemade organic popcorn with lots of butter my “power vegetable.” I make damn good popcorn.

I love love love books. Reading them, buying them, smelling them, touching them, reflecting on them, stacking them, admiring them. Books make me happy. I have piles of books in every room in my house.

Twice, I was fortunate to go on silent solo meditation retreats in a remote cabin in the mountains of Crestone, Colorado, for 2 months each time. People asked, “Wasn’t it hard?” No. It was the most safe and relaxing experience of my life.  I wish it weren’t so, but I find living in modern culture is much harder. I look forward to my son being old enough that I can do long solo retreats again. I’ve been blessed to do countless group meditation retreats. I love retreat.

lanternsIn 1995, I was blessed to spend 3 months living between a Buddhist nunnery and a monastery in Nepal. I got to meet and spend quality time with Dzogchen master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in the months before he died, as well as with his son, my teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche. I’m forever grateful. It changed my life.

I love to move my body for the joy of it. I have never loved exercise.

I’ve been called an old soul since I was a young child. I’m thrilled when I find a silver hair on my head. I have about four.

When I have a full head of silver hair, I hope to have the combined superpowers of Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, Georgia O’Keefe, Pina Bausch, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Russell Delman, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Ruthy Alon, Mr. Rogers, and Pema Chodron. All rolled into one. And, of course, myself.

I love real connection. Small talk drains me. This quote makes deep sense. “Let’s clear one thing up: Introverts do not hate small talk because we dislike people. We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.” – Laurie Helgoe

Easy is good.” I try to embody that in as many areas of my life as I can. I also love when my callings grow me beyond my comfort zone.

I believe in kindness. And wisdom. And that wisdom without kindness is not very wise at all.

I’m an INFJ Scorpio Ox, and my top 3 strengths are Connectedness, Empathy, and Positivity.

I really like being alive. A lot.

Erin Geesaman-Rabke, BodyHappy.com

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Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions. – Hafiz

MEET CARL

Meet Carl RabkeI believe our bodies are a source of intelligence, satisfaction, guidance, insight and many other nameable and unnamable qualities.

I believe that we can easily become disconnected from our embodiment much of the time. When we are disconnected from our embodiment, we seriously limit our experience of life.

If you compare the amount of time you spend in front of your computer today to 10 years ago or 20 years ago — It’s scary.

How many times a day is your attention magnetized to your phone?

Again, this is very different from 10 or 20 years ago, let alone how humans were 1000 years ago.

The speed of life, the technology, and the amount of sensory information we ingest on a daily basis draw us up and out of our bodies. One computer programmer client described his experience of his body as being “an elaborate platform” to carry his brain, thoughts and ideas around in the world.

Embodiment is not a gift that only some of us have — It is a birthright.

Most of us have embodiment “trained” out of us from a very early age when we go to school. Well meaning teachers force us to squeeze our energy, movement and vitality behind small desks, where we are expected to sit still and narrowly focus on subjects outside of ourselves.

Meet Carl RabkeThen, through the years, we master the art of ignoring what is happening in our bodies in favor of our ideas, preferences, thoughts, jobs, schedules, our families, and our iPhones.

When we are not in our bodies, we limit ourselves on a number of levels. On an outer level, we do not move well.

When we use more effort than is needed in standing, walking, sitting, etc., these activities become a source of strain and tension.

We believe the grunts and aches that come with activities are just “how it is.” We don’t notice the minor imbalances or tensions that can lead to greater injures and chronic tension. Or, perhaps, we think we constantly need to offer a correction to ourselves, — e.g., pull the shoulders back, or suck in the belly, which can be an exhausting and futile way to be with ourselves.

On an inner level, we miss out on huge amounts of information and intelligence. Life always affects us on a bodily level: Conversations we have, news stories we read, and our successes or failures all create a bodily manifestation. It’s what happens in our breath, our chests, and bellies. We often pay little attention to the changes, and focus, rather, on our ideas or thoughts about a situation.

Find Ease in Your Neck and ShouldersThe good news is, no matter how long or how out of touch we are with our bodies, they are always waiting for us when we return.

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Would you like to work with me?
Email me at Carl@bodyhappy.com
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Wondering where the name Body Happy came from?

In 1995 I, Erin, spent 3 months in Nepal studying with 2 amazing Buddhist teachers, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

Erin on BodyHappy.comWhile I was staying at Naygi Gompa, the mountain hermitage of Tulku Urgyen and also the home of a nunnery he headed, I made many dear friends, including a young Tibetan nun named Yeshe Wongmo.

Every morning she’d come out in front of the little building where I was staying and she’d follow along as I did my yoga or tai chi practice. We had a lot of laughs, though shared very little language in common as my Tibetan was minimal (or mostly related to words about meditation and prayers) and her English was minimal too.

One morning after a few weeks of her showing up to join me in my morning routine, I did my best to ask, “Yeshe Wongmo, why do you come do this with me in the mornings?”

And she thought silently for a moment about how to say what she felt.

May you be Body HappyThen her eyes lit up and she said simply, “Body Happy!”

It was so pure, so enthusiastic and so heartfelt, it brought tears to my eyes.

When my tech-savvy mom encouraged me to start a website way back in the 90s, it was the name we chose. And it stuck.

May you be BodyHappy. :)

Whether you are young, old or somewhere in between, you can become body happy and keep deepening it through your whole life.

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