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Working with Personal and Collective Reactivity

Six Somatic Practices


Heather offered this practice to participants in our January 2023 EcoDharma Exploration. Visit the program page for the full recorded gathering, as well as additional resources: Steady through the Fire.

The steps of this practice are below:

  1. Move, and keep moving
  2. Connect with embodied fluidity and the water element
  3. Access aliveness
  4. Track your needs
  5. Open to the rawness with compassion
  6. Invite lingering pleasant experience

The transcript for this practice can be found here.

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Heather Sundberg

Heather Sundberg’s long-term dharma service work has been on behalf of youth, women’s equality, and working with those impacted by forest fires, as well as more recently supporting activists on the front lines of the Ukrainian refugee crisis. An Insight Meditation teacher since 1999, she completed the Spirit Rock/IMS Teacher Training program under Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council. Heather has studied long-term with senior teachers in the Theravada and Vajrayana traditions, completing three accumulated years of retreat. She teaches two year Awareness-Emptiness Trainings for experienced meditators. Her teaching emphasizes embodiment, nervous system and energy practices to promote healthy regulation and liberation in the midst of chronic collective trauma producing global circumstances. Learn more at
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