Healing is a process
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
5M ago
I have been keeping my opinions to myself as I have been feeling more emotionally unstable and I am not a fan of saying things I will regret. I have been experiencing physical security that I have not had for years. I am not wondering when my next pay day will be or how I will pay my rent next month.  I have built a routine for myself and my son, and this is leading me to have space to mull over the stored experiences of the past few years. It’s a very interesting experience to be suddenly washed with powerful emotions that do not fit within the experience that I am currently living.  ..read more
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I am a Base…
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
1y ago
I wanted to talk a bit about Acroyoga. I have been doing this practice since 2012. Everyone gets hooked into flying at first because it’s such a unique and incredible sensory experience that leaves you wanting more. Due to my size I shifted pretty rapidly into being a base.  As a base you become an extension of the ground, you lift another, and you hold them up in a very literal way. As a person I tend to be oriented towards experiences with other people, and less so experiences with things.  So Acroyoga is something that I value in my life as it allows me to create and move in relat ..read more
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Becoming
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
1y ago
Worldview check, how many times do we assume that people all see the world in the same way that we do? I want to share here my own unique worldview that has been shaped in relationship to my family, community, as well as colonial systems.  I want to first acknowledge that I am an Indigenous man from the Samahquam and Chippawa of the Thames Nations. Being raised within Indigenous culture, while simultaneously attending colonial school was a very interesting experience to say the least.  I want to bring myself back to the time when I was in kindergarten, so at 5 years old, I would lay ..read more
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Integration
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
1y ago
I have been feeling like my inner teenage suppressed emotions are surfacing, I have deep respect for who I was as a teenager. I would not hold back what I thought and had a sharp tongue. That being said I also had to suppress parts of myself that were not acceptable at the time.  This is a played out story, and at the same time I can still feel myself feeling like I need to hide myself from a cruel and unkind world. That when I open up people will betray me and blah blah blah.  As you can tell by the way I am writing I am feeling a bit over this process. Yet it is still affecting me ..read more
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Paying With Your Attention
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
1y ago
As we begin to become the creators of our own lives, our own teachers, our own cheerleaders, and at times advocates for ourselves to live in our own unique ways. Many of us are starting to bump up against the old and tired systems of domination and control.   Witnessing so many people creating systems that work best for who they are, is very exciting we are evolving fast. Many in my circles are cultivating a stronger sense of who they are within this ever-moving and ever-evolving puzzle called life.  We are looking to turn our backs on what was, we know in our hearts it is no lo ..read more
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Aliveness
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
2y ago
Something that I have always held inside myself is sovereignty. in contrast to what is happening online and in the media sovereignty is still untouched. Something that I learned in my life is that we all have a right to exist freely it is an inherent right.  Indigenous peoples in Canada and all over the world have been exercising these rights for generations. The government of Canada has committed unspeakable acts to try to kill the freedom in the hearts of indigenous peoples. I have been feeling like quite the pariah lately. Since my own lived experiences have lead me towards feeling a s ..read more
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Mutual Respect
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
3y ago
I don’t need to go far to witness people wanting change in the world! We all can see some glaring issues, inequalities, and outright abuse. Many of the issues appear to be systemic, so naturally, we call for systemic changes.  We gather and call for changes to happen on the outside! I have to say that this is important and needs to happen absolutely, although I feel that if we focus too much on the change happening on the outside we may lose ourselves in the battle.  We all more or less understand that we cannot control anything outside of ourselves, our own actions, our thoughts, ou ..read more
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Alignment
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
3y ago
Alignment Is this something that can be cued from the outside in?  When I think back to the days that I practiced Westernized Yoga 6- 8 times per week, I remember each class being heavily focused on cueing “proper” alignment. This was done while simultaneously telling us to listen to our bodies.  At the time I had very little understanding of what listening to my body actually meant and this was not expanded beyond just listening to your body.  I could for sure mimic what good alignment was from the outside and that was enough. I don’t mean to say that this is wrong or bad, I th ..read more
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The “T” Word
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
3y ago
I have been reading a book called “Waking the Tiger Healing Trauma” by Peter A. Levine and Ann Frederick. It has been a very validating experience for me.   I have been working through my physical pain. I have been having some strong reactions, as I sink into being fully present I would feel a sense of strong terror! A sensation so strong and overwhelming I felt like my life was in danger.  I was unaware of why this was happening. I felt embarrassed and ashamed about this feeling for an unknown reason, I didn’t feel like talking about it to anyone. I had a sense that no one arou ..read more
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In Hindsight
DEVON FRENCH
by devonfrench87gmailcom
3y ago
Well it’s been quite the year that is for sure!  I thought about doing a post just to share about how I have been doing over this last year as a way to connect and share where I am up to these days. To start I want to say that this year has been equally liberating as it has been challenging.  The first thing that I was craving was space, I have spent the last 4 years hosting events and traveling all over this beautiful planet. While simultanesly doing my best to slow down and stop in a fast moving life.    So when the government of Canada said to self isolate, I was definat ..read more
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