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Coming home to yourself: Hannah & Reid on embodiment and psychedelics

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In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Hannah Cross, LCSW and Dr. Reid Robison talk about embodiment and psychedelics, and what it means to come home to oneself.

(2:27) Kundalini as psychedelic yoga
(2:42) Gabor Mate & compassionate inquiry
(2:58) Sat Dharam Kaur, kundalini teacher in Canada
(6:25) Yoga, breathwork, and other body-based practices as gateways to our inner worlds.
(7:52) Hannah’s Holotropic breathwork story, and how breathwork can be such a somatically activating practice using deep rhythmic breathing to attain altered states.
(10:58) Using the body for healing and growth, and to live a full and meaningful life with deep connections.
(11:30) Reid’s journey home to the body.
(14:40) Food and body as a mirror to your relationship to God, and all life.
(15:03) How yoga facilitates coming home to your body.
(17:13) Hannah draws a comparison between yoga and psychedelic experiences — learning to sit with the discomfort.
(21:05) “Get out of your head and into your senses, where the magic is.” ~Hannah & Reid
(22:00) Getting out of your head and into the body helps you move from fear to love, from judgement to compassion.
(23:30) Hannah’s journey home to the body.
(26:45) Your body as your sacred partner through life.
(27:15)  Listen to your body as you would your sacred partner; Seek first to understand, before you jump to reacting or imposing judgement. Yelling at the body doesn’t work.
(27:35) Balancing discipline and compassion.
(28:30) Hannah’s experiences working with a Tantra coach.
(30:00)  Psychedelic integration work, the body, and releasing energy. Sometimes, after a profound experience of expansion, the body needs to catch up.
(30:42)  Eckhart Tolle and the pain body (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-new-earth-the-pain-body-chapter-5/id1264843400?i=1000429115655)
(31:05) The body is like a pressure cooker and if we don’t have ways of consciously releasing that energy, the energy will blow or spill out in other ways
(36:50) How do you use somatics in therapy?
(38:54 ) The Dubliners, by James Joyce: The story of Mr. Duffy who lived a short distance from his body.
(39:40) The body as your greatest resource for weathering the storm of day to day life.
(40:30) Ask the body what it needs.
(40:49) Hannah provides an example of somatic therapy with EMDR.
(41:45) Emotions and embodiment.
(43:20) Journeys of Embodiment by Niva Piran.
(44:50) Trance dance as a practice for embodied healing and growth

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