My home is a place of sanctuary. A place where I can come ground from the flurry of activity
outside, a place of order and calm from the waves of emotion and experience my clients bring
in my Psychotherapy practice. In my home everything has its right place, and feels familiar.
Even if the space inside my home from time to time appears chaotic to the unfamiliar eye, it is
at least, my chaos. I remember when I was a child and my mother used to bug me to clean
my room which I always resented, because I knew where on the floor everything was even if
These days, my home is for the most part kept quite clean and tidy. So when things alter that
easy, familiar, know what to expect experience my nervous system feels disrupted. For
example… this past weekend I participated in the somewhat too frequent experience of
moving. Furniture and boxes and Stuff, seeping from the corners of my living room, but feeling
like it was all seeping into the corners of my mind.
Once things had been put away (aka stuffed into closets) in my new apartment, I sat on my
living room floor, staring at the dismantled construction project that would hopefully become
my couch. I looked around my space imagining what else needed to be there for me to feel
complete. Bookshelves, a high top bar table, bar stools and some art.
Having spent a sizeable amount of financial resources on the move and the new apartment, I
decided it wasn’t a fiscally responsible choice to purchase it all right away. This caused some
turmoil inside, because it meant my home, my sanctuary was still in transition.
In the past, this might have taken over my whole being. I know it sounds a little nutty, but
really my home is the place I ground from all the transition in other people’s lives that I help support as a therapist. Its the one place I desire to be solid, reliable, and “just so.”
I realized, this time, however, I was actually kind of okay. I haven’t experienced that hijacking
thing that has happened in the past. That thing where I can’t think of anything else until this
one thing gets resolved. In the moments that thoughts or feelings of discontent and anxiety
come up, I ground them out. I literally imagine them releasing out of my body into the ground,
and then I shift my focus (rewire) toward something else which for me is usually just the sensation of breath and present moment.
I have done this so often through my practice of Meditation, Neurosculpting®, and Yoga that it
has become the dominant neural pathway, even in moments of stress. This is neural
plasticity. This is Neurosculpting®.
I told a good friend, I am learning to be okay with my apartment being a work in progress .
She responded to me, I feel the same about my whole life, Michelle. I think she’s totally right.
In what areas of your life can Neurosculpting® help you find home in the midst of transition?
Michelle is over the moon about being a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator. Neurosculpting® has helped Michelle to re-wire unproductive habits and ways of thinking and to discover a clearer and more integrated path in both her professional and personal life. Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Experienced-Registered Yoga Instructor and Vibrant Medicine Coach. She provides one on one Vibrant Medicine Coaching sessions which may include one or all of the following techniques: Neurosculpting® meditation sessions; Yoga Psychotherapy; EMDR techniques; guided meditation; nutrition coaching and Collaborative Medicine referrals. Michelle is the enrollment coordinator for Samadhi Center for Yoga’s 200hr Teacher Training Program and provides Yoga Based Resiliency Training workshops to medical and mental health professionals and others working in the direct care field. To see when Michelle is offering Neurosculpting® workshops near you, please visit VibrantMedicine.org