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BY ZUZA ENGLER

Personal Transformation for Professional Growth

It has become clear to me (via my experience and students' reports over the last twenty some years) that awareness of inner process can catalyze profound shifts toward alignment with the deeper desires and dreams for our lives. And that a long term learning circle offers uniquely powerful tools and conditions to support lasting transformation.

If you are a parent, friend, teacher, family member, and generally a human interested in relating to others, you know that sometimes love is not all we need. Most of us could also use a few extra resources, capacities, and relational skills to actually be able to show up for ourselves and each other.

Past BALP participants without fail reported significant life changes: reclaiming a sense of worthiness, belonging, and hope. A new career direction, a move across the country, a difficult decision regarding health care for an aging parent, sustained weight loss, sibling reconciliation, forgiveness, self-care, a new trust in life, deeper commitment to love.

If you are a coach, therapist, movement teacher, or body worker, you know that you can only take your clients/students as far as you have gone. You want to continue your own journey to embodiment and grow your capacity for attunement and compassion. Here's how we can help.

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Together in a Field of Grace

Embarrassing but true, I love taking my own workshops lately, secretly realizing that what I teach addresses my own ancient yearnings that could not be met way back when: My intense curiosity about what is going on here, how to be with the overwhelming presence of all this life inside and out, how to open to the endless mysterious flow of energy, sensation, breath, thought. My longing to meet myself and you in a field of grace where we are allowed our full humanity. My wish for each of us to be held in loving presence until every last tear is cried, the last shred of terror and numbness generously witnessed, every sensation and feeling allowed and danced with and honored, until an empty heart full of radiant space is the only thing left.

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​Happy Ishtar

Never mind the bunny with a candy basket. Easter is a celebration of the passage from bondage to freedom, from darkness to light, from crucifixion to resurrection. What a potent wake up call for every day of our lives. Around this time, a long long time ago and every year, Ishtar, the ancient Sumerian goddess descends into the underworld to reclaim a forgotten treasure.

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Full Catasrophe Living, Total Body Breathing

Did you know that lungs are not where breath happens? where else do you ask, and why care? Only because maybe like me, you want to be here before we all go, likely way too soon...
So, open your mouth and take a deep breath ... then another ... wiggle your pelvis a little ... now open your arms and reach up ... no, really, do it - rightherenow. Again. Again. Feeling better? Maybe not. Feeling more? Oh yeah.
For complete instructions on total body breathing by Alexander Lowen, keep reading. Better yet: join us in one of the workshops so we can continue reclaiming our outrageous, creative, expressive life.

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This Ashram Is Not Meant to Run Smoothly

As I face computer death and unpaid estimated taxes (that's last year's taxes we're talking) I'm also savoring the sweet aftertaste of the first installment of the Initiation series and preparing for my European trip. Trying to breathe through the panic I'm staring into the Abyss of Admin and am reminded of the response of Osho, the wild mystic still alive in many hearts, when students would complain about the chaos in his community in Pune, India.

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