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Something Ain’t Right About This Camel Ride

A note from Carl:

This morning over a beautiful breakfast on the porch, (thanks Erin!) I was talking with Philip Shepherd about the topic of his talk tomorrow night, “Recovering Our Senses in the 21st Century.
As we spoke, I was was reminded of a favorite poem from Hafiz:

the fish
needs to say
“Something ain’t right
about this camel ride-
and I’m feeling so
damn thirsty.”

Carl at Goat Rock Beach

Do you ever feel like a thirsty fish on the back of a camel?
I know I do. To me, this poem points to how it feels when I get stuck in a virtual reality, and forget real reality.

Virtual being not just the vast and enchanting reality online, but the reality I live in when I am identified primarily with my thoughts, ideas, and self-talk, and miss the richness of life flowing through my direct, embodied sensory experience.
Finding my sitzbones, opening to sound, receiving a complete breath, can be like the thirsty fish hopping off the camel into the water.

May your body be blessed.
May you realize that your body is a faithful
and beautiful friend of your soul.
And may you be peaceful and joyful
and recognize that your senses
are sacred thresholds.
May you realize that holiness is
mindful, gazing, feeling, hearing, and touching.
May your senses gather you and bring you home.
May your senses always enable you to
celebrate the universe and the mystery
and possibilities in your presence here.
May the Eros of the Earth bless you.


– John O’Donohue in Anam Cara



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My work is about sharing potent practices to not only heal and befriend the body, but to enter into a radically new, non-dual, and liberating relationship with embodiment. My work is about listening to life through the ever more finely tuned instrument of the living body, and supporting my clients and students to do the same.

I believe embodied learning, decolonizing our bodies, and returning to our intelligent, organic wholeness is intimately connected with the healing of our world.

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