It’s a gorgeous morning here on the West Coast.  The sun is out and the air is cool and fresh.  This morning reminds me of camping on the north end of Vancouver Island; unzipping the tent flap to be welcomed by nature in her most natural and pristine setting.  The clear blue sky is a perfect back drop to what promises to be a hot and sunny day. 

I was out tying up my clematis to the trellis this morning.  A delicate and instinctual way to be in attunement with nature.  I notice the way the clematis wants to grow and I provide some support for that.  I noticed that a few sections were bunched up together so I “unbunched” them and steered them in a little bit of a different direction. 

I talk to my plants when I am out in the yard.  I talk, touch, smell and sometimes even taste.  I sense into what they need.  I am receptive to their beauty, vulnerability and resilience.  I notice when they need a little more support.  I understood recently how much our disconnect from nature is experienced as a loss for the traumatized physiology.  In our more integrated state we are in attunement with nature.  We care for nature and we know that we are cared for by nature.

To feel separate from nature is perceived as a trauma to the physiology.

I have noticed that as I heal the disconnect in my own traumatized physiology I am coming more into attunement with nature.  A beautiful and unexpected gift of healing the split caused by so much undigested and unintegrated trauma.

“Who in Heaven’s name dreamed up such almighty wonder?” ~ The Book of Nature by Barbara Mahany

 My relationship with my own physiology is very much like my relationship with nature.  I am still learning how to be in relationship with this sensitive system that is teaching me about what she needs; where she hurts; where she needs extra support; where she feels overwhelmed; when she feels safe; when she feels unsafe; what she loves; what causes her to contract and pull away; what kind of environments suit her gentle nature; when she is tired; hungry or needs to be quiet. 

I bring all of my own experience of healing trauma and 30 years of therapeutic and spiritual practice to my work with clients and groups.  If you are interested in learning more about my upcoming course; Reconnecting: Sensing Our Way Home please contact me or register here: Reconnecting: Sensing Our Way Home


Candace ♡

All of Candace’s services are Trauma, PTSD, Complex Grief, Chronic Illness and Benzo withdrawal symptom sensitive.

Candace Kirby, Counsellor

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