Moth Breath

Let a breath come into you. Let it arrive in the place of your felt sense, the place of your ache, your uncertainty, your longing: whatever is coming up in this moment for you in your body and your heart. Let a soft sound arrive in this place, and let a sound be carried on the […]

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In Her Voice

How do we as women show up in the world? How do we claim our presence as unique individuals, as well as part of a very important movement into greater feminine consciousness? Our voices are not only about creative expression, they are also a very real vocalization process that engages the core of our sensory […]

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Hearing the Ghost Notes

In a quiet private room of a therapists office, sometimes shouts are heard. In a moment of distress, a howl can be a long overdue reclamation of personal power and freedom. There is a time and place for this level of noise.  Yet in a caring conversation between two people in heartfelt alliance, there can […]

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Gravity and Flight

Yesterday I presented a workshop entitled “Recovering Vocal Presence after Sexual Trauma” at the Colorado Counseling Association annual conference in Denver. I had a wonderful experience with some very engaged participants who were quite animated about this work I do with Essential Voice Expression, and ready to learn more in my upcoming workshop, “7 Notes […]

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The Risk to Blossom

.. and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  – attributed to Anais Nin This beautiful quote is so sensorily evocative. One can viscerally experience the sensations of the tightness of the bud and how painful it can be in […]

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Boundary Calls

A key aspect to vocal recovery is establishing a safe, secure place from which to express oneself. The second ‘note’ of 7 Notes to Freedom  – a step by step path to vocal reclamation – is called Boundary Calls. Many among us have experienced the trauma or hurt of having our unique voices (core expressions […]

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52 Card Pickup

I have been moving through a transition these past few weeks, and perhaps I am not alone. So much seems to be in flux these days in the world, and I hear uncertainty and fear voiced by many in daily conversations with friends and clients. My own transition has been a very positive one: I […]

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What Rory Told Me.

Many many years ago I had a dream. The details of the dream have faded, but one scene remains clear. I encountered a wise woman, in the form of blues guitarist/singer Rory Block. (The unconscious mind is a creative genius!) I asked Rory what I should do with my life. “Why am I here?” She laughed, and […]

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Silenced Maidens and Vocal Presence

I have become more and more aware lately of the interface between presence and voice. How one goes with the other. How vocal expression has the potential to be the embodiment of a self that is fully present. How silence (when not present organically in a relaxed state of well being) can represent living evidence of […]

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Plan A and Plan B

I made a promise to my client yesterday. I rarely do that, because it is very tricky to promise someone, especially a client, an absolute in a world that in a world that is stubbornly and perennially relative. I promised her that I would not abandon myself. And then I amended it. “I promise you […]

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