Types of Practices
Reflective Practices, Behavioral Practices, Somatic Practices, and Mindfulness Practices
Simply stated, a practice is something you “do repeatedly in order to acquire a skill, capacity, or way of being.”
The types of practices that can facilitate transformative change include:
- Reflective Practices
Reflective practices are vehicles for observing ones thoughts and behaviors, inviting more powerful thought patterns and insights into the space between reflection and action, and developing new patterned responses and behaviors.
- Behavioral Practices
Behavioral practices are effective when shifting habits of action that are not necessarily reinforced by disempowering thought patterns or belief systems. Behavioral practices involve awareness of current behavioral patterns, intentionality concerning desired behavioral patterns, practicing intended behaviors on a daily basis, and monitoring results.
- Somatic Practices
Somatic practices are designed to tap the wisdom encoded in our physical being. Somatic practices recognize that we are not our minds, rather we are the sum total of all of our experiences. Our beings, even more than our conscious minds, often hold memories and develop conditioned response to situations we encounter in life. Somatic practice involves paying attention to our felt-sense experience of things, and allowing that felt-sense experience along with body memory and intelligence to inform our thoughts and behaviors. Somatic practices may include experimenting different physical postures, stances, or movements in order to open ourselves to new perceptions or realities.
- Mindfulness or Meditative Practices
Mindfulness or meditative practices are design to help us enter into a place of presence and expansive awareness, to notice our deeper selves in which all possibilities reside. Mindfulness practices may include a more conscious approach to everyday activities, designing a structured daily activity to which mindfulness is applied, forms of meditation such as sitting meditation, or listening to audio recordings including meditations or guided imagery.
Our current library of Reflective Practices will be expanded in 2013 to include Behavioral, Somatic and Meditative practices.