Inspiration and Resources

INDEX

Poetry

Recommended Web Resources

Books

  • “In an Unspoken Voice” Peter Levine
  • “The Language of Emotions” Karla McLaren
  • “Acknowledging What Is” Bert Hellinger
  • “The Body Remembers” Babette Rothchild
  • “A General Theory of Love” Thomas Lewis M.D., Fari Amini M.D., Richard Lannon M.D.
  • “The Developing Mind” Daniel Siegel
  • “Parenting from the Inside Out” Daniel Siegel
  • “Trauma Proofing your Kids” Peter Levine and Maggie Kline
  • “Trauma through a child’s eyes” Peter Levine and Maggie Kline
  • “The Body Keeps the Score” Bessel Van Der Kolk

    Poetry

    “Language against which we have no defenses” ~ David Whyte

    David Whyte

    David Whyte’s poetry reflects a living spirituality, a deep connection to the natural world and a personal inspiration. Below is an excerpt from David Whyte followed by a couple of inspirational pieces.

    “The poet lives and writes at the frontier between deep internal experience and the revelations of the outer world. There is no going back for the poet once this frontier has been reached; a new territory is visible and what has been said cannot be unsaid. The discipline of poetry is in overhearing yourself say difficult truths from which it is impossible to retreat. Poetry is a break for freedom. In a sense all poems are good; all poems are an emblem of courage and the attempt to say the unsayable; but only a few are able to speak to something universal yet personal and distinct at the same time; to create a door through which others can walk into what previously seemed unobtainable realms, in the passage of a few short lines.”

    The House of Belonging

    I awoke

    this morning

    in the gold light

    turning this way

    and that thinking for

    a moment

    it was one

    day

    like any other. But

    the veil had gone

    from my

    darkened heart

    and

    I thought it must have been the quiet

    candlelight

    that filled my room, it must have been

    the first

    easy rhythm

    with which I breathed

    myself to sleep, it must have been

    the prayer I said

    speaking to the otherness

    of the night. And

    I thought

    this is the good day

    you could

    meet your love, this is the black day

    someone close

    to you could die. This is the day

    you realize

    how easily the thread

    is broken

    between this world

    and the next and I found myself

    sitting up

    in the quiet pathway

    of light, the tawny

    close grained cedar

    burning round

    me like fire

    and all the angels of this housely

    heaven ascending

    through the first

    roof of light

    the sun has made. This is the bright home

    in which I live,

    this is where

    I ask

    my friends

    to come,

    this is where I want

    to love all the things

    it has taken me so long

    to learn to love. This is the temple

    of my adult aloneness

    and I belong

    to that aloneness

    as I belong to my life. There is no house

    like the house of belonging.

    Mary Oliver

    “Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?”

    Mary Oliver is best known for her clear and poignant observances of the natural world. Her creativity is stirred by nature, and Oliver, an avid walker, often pursues inspiration on foot. Her poems are filled with imagery from her daily walks near her home: shore birds, water snakes or the phases of the moon. Her words evoke in me both what is simple and the complexity of the natural world.

    The Summer Day

    Who made the world?

    Who made the swan, and the black bear?

    Who made the grasshopper?

    This grasshopper I mean-

    the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

    the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

    who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-

    Now she lifts her pale forearms and throughly washes her face.

    Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

    I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

    I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

    into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

    how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

    which is what I’ve been doing all day.

    Tell me, what else should I have done?

    Doesn’t everything die at last and too soon?

    Tell me, what is it you plan to do

    with your one wild and precious life?

    Wendell Berry

    Wendell Berry is the author of more than forty books of essays, poetry and novels. He has worked a farm in Henry County, Kentucky since 1965. He is a former professor of English at the University of Kentucky and a past fellow of both the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his work, including an award from the National Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters in 1971, and most recently, the T.S. Eliot Award.  “My work has been motivated,” Wendell Berry has written, “by a desire to make myself responsibly at home in this world and in my native and chosen place.”

    The Real Work

    It may be that when we no longer know what to do

    we have come to our real work,

    and that when we no longer know which way to go

    we have come to our real journey.

    The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

    The impeded stream is the one that sings.

    Recommended Web Resources

    Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute-SETI

    www.traumahealing.com

    Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute-SETI is a non-profit, educational and research organization dedicated to the worldwide healing and prevention of trauma.

    Peter Levine’s Website

    www.somaticexperiencing.com

    A wealth of information from one of the more brilliant leaders in the trauma field.  Peter Levine has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the developer of “Somatic Experiencing.” He teaches trainings in this work throughout the world and is the author of the best selling book “Waking the Tiger – Healing Trauma,” (published in twenty languages) as well as four audio learning series for Sounds True including the book CD, “Healing Trauma, a Pioneering Program in Restoring the Wisdom of Our Bodies;” and Sexual Healing, Transforming the Sacred Wound.” He is the co-author of “Trauma through a Child’s Eyes, Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing.” And “Trauma-Proofing Your Kids, A Parents Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience.”

    The Committed Parent- Mark Brady

    www.committedparent.wordpress.com

    Mark Brady, Ph.D., is a dad, an award-winning author, a teacher and trainer. He has taught Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) courses for the last 12 years. Mark has also written numerous articles for journals and magazines. His blog is a wealth of information whether you’re a parent or simply interested in how the brain works. He writes for all to understand with humor, grace and first hand knowledge of the joys and struggles of parenting.

    Constellation Work

    www.hellinger.com

    Information from the founder of the Constellation approach. Here you will find some very interesting articles from this renegade in family systems.

    Constellation Works

    www.constellationworks.com

    All you need to know about our offerings in the world of systemic constellation work.

    Books

    In an Unspoken Voice Peter Levine

    The Language of Emotions Karla McLaren

    Acknowledging What Is Bert Hellinger

    The Body Remembers Babette Rothchild

    A General Theory of Love Thomas Lewis M.D., Fari Amini M.D., Richard Lannon M.D.

    The Developing Mind Daniel Siegel

    Parenting from the Inside Out Daniel Siegel

    Trauma Proofing your Kids Peter Levine and Maggie Kline

    Trauma through a child’s eyes Peter Levine and Maggie Kline

    Excerpts from Karla McKlaren: “Healthy anger acts as the honorable sentry or boundary holder of the psyche.” “Sadness offers life-giving fluidity and rejuvenation.” “Depression isn’t a single emotion, but a strangely ingenious constellation of factors that erect a vital stop sign in the psyche.” “Healthy and properly focused fear is our intuition.”