Happy summer everyone!

June 23rd, 2016

Just to confirm that I am holding the last group activity of the season before my summer holidays.

What: Moving, Writing and Healing
Where: Harmony Health Centre
When: Tuesday June 28th from 6.30p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Activity: Together we will participate in body movement and writing exercises designed to tap into the body’s wisdom for more health, ease and vitality as we enter into the summer season
Cost: $20

Please rsvp to vivianne.bentley@sympatico.ca.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Much love,

Vivianne

We’re Celebrating 10 years

May 27th, 2016

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Spring Workshop

April 28th, 2016

” Dare to be even more of who you really are.”  

– Robert Holden

Ahh…..spring is upon us once more and traditionally a time of rebirth and renewal.  A time to spring clean our homes and declutter our closets and garages.   It is also a perfect time for some internal spring cleaning.  While the energy of winter is about stillness, hibernation and conserving energy, the energy of spring is about flow, creation and renewal.

To facilitate this process, I am delighted to announce that this spring I am offering a 3 week group evening session which will take place Wednesday evenings during the months of May and June.

First session – Self honesty:   We will explore the stories and beliefs within which we live.  How have we been defining ourselves and do these definitions still describe us today in 2016?   Are we following our heads or our hearts?

Second session – Coming home to ourselves : This session will be all about coming home to ourselves so we feel more and more comfortable in our bodies..  How would we move, feel, be in the world if we brought more of ourselves to the table.

Third session:  Creative Living :  Living in a way that honours ourselves and our true values. Do we need to surrender some dreams and allow others to be created?   What nourishes us and what depletes us?   In this session you will be able to create a road map of next steps and explore the difference between taking action from a place of trust vs. fear.

 In all the sessions, body movement, writing and creative exercises will facilitate our process.

Where: 480 Grosvenor, Westmount, H3Y 2SY
Dates:  May 11, 25 and June 8
Time:  6.15 p.m. – 8. p.m.
Cost:  $50 per session

Each week will build on the themes of the previous week, however, each session has also been designed to stand on its own.  Feel free to attend one session or more depending on your availability. For registration please email me at vivianne.bentley@sympatico.ca or call at 514 718 4442 before May 8th. Also let me know the dates you are planning to attend.

I look forward to being with you,

Vivianne

February: The month of love

February 17th, 2016

Welcome to my February musing….the month of love!!

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”.  Rumi

I used to think that love was something we had to get, acquire, hold on to, search for.  I used to think that love was something we needed to deserve. I used to think that love was something to be learnt and taught.  However, what I have come to believe is that love is something we are.  It is part of our natural essence.  Like the flowers bloom, the trees provide shade, the rain nourishes our lands and the sun shines, I believe we are also meant to experience  love.  When we tap into this truth of ourselves there comes a natural desire, to want to communicate better, create loving experiences, foster loving and connected relationships.

So what prevents us from living fully into and expressing this part of ourselves/? What stops us from  showing up, from forgiving, from staying present, resisting the urge to reject, attack or retreat or withdraw our love.

Well if you are at least a little bit interested in the answer to these questions, I invite you this month to meditate or self-enquire on the topic of love.

Find a quiet space and breathe into your heart centre with some in and out breaths.   Gently ask some questions,for example: .What is love to you?  How do you love?  What might have you learnt about love along the way that may not feel true for you now?  When does your heart open and when does it shut down?  If there are moments that you wish to run or hide from love what does that feel like in the body.  Remember to be gentle with yourself.  This is a practice that can take a moment or much time to evolve.  Make it your own.  Can you feel into the wisdom of Rumi’ message and embrace even one little block to love?

What contributes to your sense of aliveness?

January 28th, 2016

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

– Howard Thurman

Did anyone ask you whether you made any new year’s resolutions this year? Did you start the new year with increased vigor and commitment to complete some projects be it personal or professional. All these are great and are a necessary part of a life well lived. However, when we only focus on “to do” lists we sometimes forget that it is important to consider how we are feeling or being as we engage in our everyday activities.For example, if having a sense of aliveness or joy in our lives is important then, activities that might contribute to that feeling might be important to engage in, not only the things we have to do or need to do to keep ourselves and our families afloat.I have noticed in my own life that the more I prioritise my health, happiness and sense of being fully alive, the easier all my projects get done. Even when I was in graduate school with a pile of papers to write and classes to attend, I found that when I prioritised a morning swim everything I had to achieve felt more fun, lighter and got accomplished much faster than if I had told myself “I don’t have time” and engaged in a more rigid and punishing road.

Exploring what contributes to our aliveness might seem like a selfish endeavour. However it is far from the truth. As Carlos Castaneda once stated, tt takes the same amount of work to consider what makes us miserable as it does to explore the path that makes us happier…. ultimately it is our choice as to which one we might want to tune into.

One word of caution. You might be tempted to put “aliveness” on your to do list and that can work in some cases I can feel very alive when I am working on a project that I love. However, it might equally show up as wanting to rest more, notice the sunsets, or appreciate the dimples that emerge as your loved ones smile that have more to do with allowing rather than doing. Feeling alive can be different for everyone and can change at different times of our lives.

For 2016, I invite you to “ask what makes you come alive and go for it”. As always your comments and questions are so very welcome.

The Practice of Allowing

September 19th, 2011

I love summer. As a child I spent my summers on the beach in Spain.  A time of absolute freedom and connection to what I believe matters the most i.e. people, great food, nature, dance, deep connection with my body and the joy of being alive.  Every summer it is as if my body remembers.  As if my body goes to that place where it wants to be lying on a beach, having a simple life, drawing circles in the sand.  Even though I don`t now spend months on a beach (and would not necessarily want to) I do find myself recreating that feeling within whatever experiences I am having.  It is a time to taste food better, to connect with friends, to be outside, to feel my feet on the floor, on the sand, on the rocks or on the grass. A time to swim in oceans, lakes and pools.  A time of sensuality and pleasure where I feel exquisitely alive.  As summer draws to a close I find my mind wanting to make fall bad. My mind wants me to complain and whine. At times I find myself resisting the beauty of fall, what fall has to offer.  Yet, I know my heart loves fall. At this point in my life, fall is filled with all kinds of succulent experiences.  The problem is my mind can get stuck in the past where maybe this was not true. When I breathe into the reality of my life now a different truth emerges.  My heart actually loves all the seasons as my heart knows that life is precious and cannot afford to be in discord with whatever is showing up in my life.  My heart loves life and wants me to enjoy every precious moment whether it be playing in the sand, gathering fall leaves, shoveling snow or seeking eagerly those early signs of spring.  So this fall I am practicing allowing and being in a place of non resistance.  I am asking my mind to let go of the notion that things have to be a certain way so that I can just be with what is.  When resistance shows up I just notice it, breathe into it and let it go.  Today and each day I choose to enjoy life.

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