I believe … in celebration. In finding the courage to be who we are meant to be.
Our bodies are wise.
There is room for you, all of you.
In you go
The cocooning phase of unfurling is more uncomfortable for some of us than others. Those who are closer to the introvert end of the spectrum find it a relief to crawl inside and gather ourselves up; its how we amass energy, which we can then take out into the world. Those who are more extroverted find the isolation of the cocoon disorienting and claustrophobic.
And beyond labels there are times in all our lives when cocooning is a welcome option. While other times it’s just not.
Jamie Ridler has recently emerged from a cocoon she’s really glad to leave behind. In our interview she calls it “gooey and dark”, and talks about how alone she felt in there. Now that she’s out in the light again, she has tapped gratefully back into a network of support, relieved to be connected once again.
This is not surprising, coming from a woman for whom a social media sabbatical was wrenching. (She tells all in the video below…) Jamie is a fan of the gold star, and loves the practice of celebrating life. Which she does out loud, with other people (her near-daily question on Facebook is “What’s been the best part of your day so far?’)
It’s also not surprising, given Jamie’s natural way of self-expression. She’s what I would call a dancer in the truest sense. Yes, she’s trained – but more than that she freely allows her body to deliver thoughts and feelings into the room. She doesn’t limit herself to spoken words – she communicates with movement. In order to get her point across, she dances it.
And a cramped cocoon doesn’t allow a dancer much room.
Dancing an unfurling alive
Watch this week’s video and you’ll see how Jamie dances her words, even when she’s sitting in a chair.
Her current unfurling is around creating and delivering more content to her clients. Jamie is an amazing coach who works with creatives, and she’s cooking up new courses and online goodies to add to the yummy podcasts, virtual gatherings, group and individual coaching already on offer.
What’s your experience with cocooning? Do you find it lonely in there, or more of a respite? What do you know about going in and coming out of the cocoon phase? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Jamie is a professional creative living coach with a background in theater and dance. She curates a lovely website full of podcasts, classes and opportunities for wish-casting at www.jamieridlerstudios.com. Learn more about the magic she creates here.
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