Entries by Catherine Dowling

The Power of Awareness: Body Awareness

Like lots of people, I’ve often discovered bruises on my arms or legs and have no recollection of how they got there.  Obviously I’ve bumped into something, bumped hard enough to cause bruising, but have no memory of my encounter with a chair or table or car door. This is a common experience for many of […]

Innocence, Awakening and Social Justice: How One Woman Transformed Her Piece of the World

 This year Mary Quinalty sold her home in an upmarket neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico, gave away almost everything she owned, and moved into Trinity House, a Catholic Worker “house of hospitality” for people who are homeless in Albuquerque’s impoverished South Valley. Her new job as the administrator of Trinity House is full-time and unpaid. […]

Creating a Peaceful Holiday Season

I find it difficult to recall a family Christmas without some sort of conflict.  I’ve spent Christmas with several different families from my own nuclear two parents, three kids family of origin to extended families of unrelated adults.  At some point, somebody gets upset, testy or outright angry.  It’s a common experience.  One of my […]

Body and Breath: Two Gateways to Healing

Two of the most powerful and effective tools of healing are the ones the client brings to the therapy session themselves:  their body and their breath…Two modalities that put the body or the breath as an equal partner with the emotions and the mind are Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Rebirthing Psychotherapy (breathwork).  Read about how body awareness and […]

The Power of Acceptance: Relishing the Good Times

Life seems exceptionally good to some people.  Their lives soar on a tide of apparently endless luck.  Those of us who belong to the ‘glass half-empty’ crowd can look on with everything from amazement to jealousy.  Yet, in my experience, those ‘lucky’ people have ways of creating their own luck through by being open to […]

The Power of Acceptance: Growing From Suffering

In our western society we grow up pushing pain away.  We distance ourselves from pain through legal and illegal drugs, shopping, eating or not eating, caretaking, blame and even obsessively positive thinking.  The list is endless.   But every spiritual and wisdom tradition tells us that the dark times can be the most fertile periods of […]