- Somatic Therapy Counselor Mary Campbell
With the major shift to full-time life at home these past few months, many of us are feeling burned out and constantly “on” as we navigate the disparate daily roles of parent, partner, worker, and more. According to Mary Campbell, somatic therapy counselor of Divining Beauty, feelings of burnout and anxiety are often rooted in a disconnect between our minds and bodies. “My work—somatically, spiritually, and therapeutically—centers on helping clients learn to relax their perpetual inner dialogue and instead open to the awakening capacities of deep connection with their bodies and the natural world through the senses,” she says.
Mary discovered her passion for somatic, or body-based, work by seeking greater connection in her own life and relationships, including with her three grown children. Over the past 20 years, this path led her to seminary, the study of spiritual and religious traditions from all over the world, including the ancient Indian tradition of Tantra, and 10 years of study in innovative embodied therapeutic practices.
Today, she works with clients around the world and from the Berkshires where she’s based. She helps people see themselves compassionately and relax whatever blocks or numbs their full, joyous experience of life. “As we learn to notice when the mind is habitually latching onto a story of injury we’ve been telling ourselves for years and begin to question its assumptions, we’re able to connect to a more grounded safety through the body,” she says.
To start on a journey of deeping the connection between your mind and body, Mary shares three basic elements of her somatic therapies that you can incorporate into your daily or weekly routine.
1. Reacquaint yourself with nature.
Much of Campbell’s work is rooted in nature, so she suggests starting by getting out of the house and into the world around you for even just 10 minutes a day. “Science is showing nature to be a powerful if neglected source for support in life, but we often live so disconnected from it,” she says. ”Spend some time intentionally noticing and taking in the pleasure of the tree, the flower, or the sky, and really receiving the joy they provide you,” she says.
2. Add mindful sensory meditation to help quiet your brain.
Though silent meditation has its place, Mary actually encourages her clients to embrace seemingly intrusive sensory experiences instead of pushing them away. This can include just noting the changes in your thoughts and feelings as you go on a walk in the woods or sit against a tree. “This embodied practice allows you to be present with everything around you and lets its wisdom guide you,” she says
3. Reflect on what brings you joy in your life right now.
“You have to be willing to be honest with yourself. To live a happier, more contented life, take simple steps to relax your ego by compassionately looking at your traumas and what still triggers you,” she says. “Ultimately it comes down to embracing more joy in your life.” Mary invites her clients to identify what truly brings them deep happiness and make a plan to cultivate more of it every day. According to Mary, when we learn to balance the inevitable day-to-day struggles, we are more open to the love and joy life can bring.To learn more about Mary Campbell’s somatic therapy programs for individuals, couples, and families, both virtual and in-person, visit diviningbeauty.com.
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13 years ago I named my business DiviningBeauty. Like a divining rod I believe it’s our life’s work, and it’s pleasure and responsibility, to search within and without for the beauty that is always there. Noticing with our often ignored senses is always the first step to waking up to all that’s here to support us when struggle overwhelms. What beauty do you notice right now? #diviningbeauty #wakingup #divining #naturesbeauty #berkshirebeauty