Episode 85: About resistance, with Elissa

podcast Nov 04, 2021

When you think of the word resistance, what comes up for you? My guess is that you (and most of us) think of resistance as something bad; as something to be avoided. But let’s ask a different question: What is resistance good for?

I would argue that resistance - which I’ll define as the experience of feeling pressure between ourselves and something outside of us - is good for helping us understand and define who we are.

In this solo episode that sets the month’s theme, join me to do a somatic experiment around the feeling of resistance, and explore why it can indeed be a very useful experience.

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Show Notes:   


  • 0:00 - Welcome back to the podcast, and this month our theme is Resistance
  • 1:45 - Starting off with our Voice Body Connection Process. Elissa feels a quality of holding and suspending in her body. 
  • 5:00 - Some definitions of resistance. What does it mean to you? What is it good for?
  • 6:40 - A little somatic experiment, pushing against a surface to feel resistance. 
  • 9:00- Resistance helps us energize and define our own experiences. Think about when you were a baby… 
  • 12:50 - Why are we focusing on resistance this month? What's going on in our world right now?
  • 17:50 - Resistance is not bad; it is a good thing.
  • 18:30 - A reflection from Elissa’s days as an acting teacher. 
  • 20:45 - Internal vs external resistance. Is the resistance active? Or is it frozen? 
  • 24:00 - Revisiting Conversation Culture, and how it can help us walk through the resistance.  
  • 33:00 - Asking you for a favor…
  • 34:35 - Being kind vs being nice. 
  • 37:25 - Elissa shares a goal for this month. 
  • 39:25 - One last push.



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Production Credits:

Our Editor is Sean Brennan

Our Photographer and Graphic Designer is Laura Sills

Our Videographer is Miguel Garzón Martínez

And our theme song is “Waters of Body” by Strange Weather


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