Soul Action: Psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer takes us on a Guided Meditation Vacation

September 1 2022

Episode 2: Today on the Soul Action show, psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer takes on a guided meditation, “Connection & Belonging”

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Episode 2: Today on the Soul Action show, psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer takes on a guided meditation, "Connection & Belonging"
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September 2022 — A note from Psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer:  Welcome! Today I want to continue exploring and getting to know our autonomous nervous system, so we can cultivate the ability to listen to our inner voice and our autonomic wisdom. In these times of information overload every day, it can be challenging to keep in touch with ourselves and what is our truth and not be overwhelmed by what is going on hour by hour in our world.

How can befriending your nervous system help you with staying connected to yourself and finding an anchor in the midst of chaos? It takes practice. Giving yourself some time to connect with your body, mind, your nervous system will create space for you! Breath, movement, inward attention, compassionate self-touch, and putting your hands on your heart or your belly, are direct communication paths to your nervous system.

Our nervous system is the neurobiological foundation of all our lived experiences. Our thoughts, emotions, and actions are physically-based and originate in our nervous system. Our behavior is dictated by the state that our nervous system is in at a given moment.

For example, if your nervous system is in a state of ease and safety, your breath and heartbeat are at a normal rate, you are curious and open to others and connected to yourself; if your NS detects any danger, it immediately goes into fight/flight which entails physiological changes within a 10th of a second: your breath and heart rate increase, your body tenses, your gaze changes, you can start sweating or feeling cold or hot; now you are not so connected with yourself anymore because your nervous system is ready to gear up for fight or flight. Most likely, You are not able to detect friendly faces and people outside, your NS has moved into a state of protection, out of the connection.

If the NS decides that fight/flight will not keep you safe, (physical and emotional safety are the same as the NS), it will automatically go into the freeze or collapse. in this NS state, the physiological processes are such that the body starts to shut down; breath and heart rate slow down, (sometimes dangerously slow), your digestive systems shut down, and you can feel numb, dissociated, and helpless. In this state, you are not able to connect with anyone but want to hide and disappear. What we want is a flexible resilient NS, meaning that after a challenge that activated our sympathetic state, our NS easily comes back to some ease, also, if we experienced a shock and freeze for a moment, when the treat, the event is over, breath flows and get us back into sympathetic first and then to the state of ease rather quickly and smoothly.

Truly, we all, all of our ANS go through the same predictable neural pattern all day; feeling safe, content, happy anxious, agitated, angry, scared, defeated, bereft, helpless, or ashamed (to mention only a few experiences in each state). If we become more conscious of this ongoing underlying process within us, we can influence and shape our NS towards safety and connection and have more choices of how to respond instead of having to react or being hijacked by our survival reactivity.

Turning inward, however, can be sometimes challenging and even scary; so many thoughts and emotions, and sensations happening all at once. So, I would like to offer you that we are tuning inward together.

Once again, I would like us today, together to turn inward, to connect with our bodies, our minds, and ourselves.


About Psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer

Silvia believes: Coming to therapy is an act of love. My own suffering and longing for full expression and aliveness have led me on an ever-evolving journey inward. I could not have embarked on this perilous adventure alone: for good parts of the way, I have found support and encouragement from insightful therapists, the wisdom of Yoga, a most poetic Qi-Gong practice, and countless serendipitous offerings from friends and strangers. Out of a deep desire for connection and intimacy grew my passion to work with people therapeutically and creatively.

I use an eclectic approach: My emphasis is on experiential therapies such as action methods, psychodrama, embodied mindfulness practice, interpersonal neurobiology, and principles of C.G. Jung’s psychology. Drawing, painting, and embodying our experiences offer insight into our unconscious ways of how we live life. The body serves us so beautifully as a source of story, memory, and inspiration. Sensory self-awareness forms the basis for us to know what we feel and how we are. This self-knowledge ultimately can help relieve our suffering and guide us towards personal fulfillment and satisfying meaningful relationships.

In my work: I trust the deep wisdom of the body, our innate self-healing abilities, and the magic of interpersonal connection. Movement, action, psychodrama, improvisation, art expression, dreams, play, and meditation are our allies on the journey to Self; a recovered/reconnected Self, that then is able to engage compassionately with the “other,” living and thriving in the interconnectedness of all.

My clients: I welcome individuals, couples, and groups with emotional issues including anxiety, depression, loss, grief, body-and-health-related challenges, life transitions, relationship problems, and personal growth.

Learn more about Sivia and her work at silviastenitzer.com.

Silvia says: Coming to therapy is an act of love. My own suffering and longing for full expression and aliveness have led me on an ever-evolving journey inward. I could not have embarked on this perilous adventure alone: for good parts of the way, I have found support and encouragement from insightful therapists, the wisdom of Yoga, a most poetic Qi-Gong practice, and countless serendipitous offerings from friends and strangers. Out of a deep desire for connection and intimacy grew my passion to work with people therapeutically and creatively.

I use an eclectic approach: My emphasis is on experiential therapies such as action methods, psychodrama, embodied mindfulness practice, interpersonal neurobiology, and principles of C.G. Jung’s psychology. Drawing, painting, and embodying our experiences offer insight into our unconscious ways of how we live life. The body serves us so beautifully as a source of story, memory, and inspiration. Sensory self-awareness forms the basis for us to know what we feel and how we are. This self-knowledge ultimately can help relieve our suffering and guide us towards personal fulfillment and satisfying meaningful relationships.

In my work: I trust the deep wisdom of the body, our innate self-healing abilities, and the magic of interpersonal connection. Movement, action, psychodrama, improvisation, art expression, dreams, play, and meditation are our allies on the journey to Self; a recovered/reconnected Self, that then is able to engage compassionately with the “other,” living and thriving in the interconnectedness of all.

My clients: I welcome individuals, couples, and groups with emotional issues including anxiety, depression, loss, grief, body-and-health-related challenges, life transitions, relationship problems, and personal growth.

Learn more about Sivia and her work at silviastenitzer.com.

Click here to listen to read her column on BeInkandescent Health & Wellness magazine!

Previous Episodes
Thursday, September 1st, 2022

Episode 2: Today on the Soul Action show, psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer takes on a guided meditation, “Connection & Belonging”

September 2022 — A note from Psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer:  Welcome! Today I want to continue exploring and getting to know our autonomous nervous system, so we can cultivate the ability to listen to our inner voice and our autonomic wisdom. In these times of information overload every day, it can be challenging to keep in touch with ourselves and what is our truth and not be overwhelmed by what is going on hour by hour in our world. How can befriending yourClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Episode 1: This month on the Soul Action show, Silvia Stenitzer takes on our first guided meditation, “The Pleasure of Breath”

August 2022 — A note from Psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer: Hi, I am Silvia, and I am talking with you from my home in Santa Fe in New Mexico. I welcome you to my Soul Action podcast series: Connection & Belonging. It has been my experience that it is of utmost importance if not our duty to dedicate time and space to ourselves and our nervous systems in these so challenging times of upheaval, turmoil, and rapid changes. It has been hard on ourClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, July 4th, 2022

July 2022: This month on the Truly Amazing Women Show take a guided meditation with Psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer, host, the Soul Action Podcast

Today on the Inkandescent Radio Network: Truly Amazing Women Show Our guest: Silvia Stenitzer Our topic: Take a guided meditation vacation with Silvia on her new Inkandescent Radio show, www.SoulActionRadio.com  A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and producer, Inkandescent Radio: Welcome to the Truly Amazing Women radio show! I’m Hope Katz Gibbs, your host and founder of Inkandescent Inc®, the PR firm and publishing company dedicated to helping women-owned businesses glow and grow!  I know you are going toClick here to listen to the podcast!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Silvia Stenitzer is back on the Living from Happiness podcast show — Today’s topic: Self-awareness and Self-Compassion

Living from Happiness, May 4, 2022 — Self-awareness and self-compassion are the touchstones of this fascinating episode. Today on the Living from Happiness podcast show, you’ll hear from Silvia Stenitzer, a licensed psychotherapist in Santa Fe, NM. She’s gathered an eclectic array of well-researched techniques she uses to help her clients and train the trainers. Living from Happiness host Dr. Melanie Harth explains: “Silvia trusts the deep wisdom of the body, our innate self-healing abilities, and the magic of interpersonal connection.Click here to listen to the podcast!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Silvia Stenitzer stars on the Living From Happiness podcast show — Today’s topic: Interpersonal Neurobiology and Psychodrama

Living from Happiness, Jan 13, 2016 — “Yikes! This topic is a mouthful,” admits Living From Happiness podcast host Dr. Melanie Harth. “Nonetheless, it’s a very important one.” In this episode, psychotherapist Silvia Stenitzer explains how it works, and why it matters, along with simple how-to tips for using the latest neuroscience research to live happier. Click here to learn more! And don’t miss Silvia’s podcast show, Soul Action, on the Inkandescent Radio network: www.SoulActionRadio.com. Learn more about Silvia at SilviaStenitzer.com. AboutClick here to listen to the podcast!