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Tami Simon Tami Simon publisher. meditator. connecter.

Tami Simon is founder and publisher of Sounds True, an independent multimedia publishing company whose mission is to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening. [www.soundstrue.com]

I find meaning in heartful connection with people and in growing as a person – having insights that open me and allow me to be more connected with people. Over time, I’ve become more available, less defended, less armored, dropping old ropes tied around my heart and releasing them. This freeing of my heart has allowed me to become more intimate, relating to people in a feeling way.

The ability to fully connect with another person was something I’d always longed for and which I only recently feel like I’ve been starting to live. At some point, I began to be aware of various defenses and so I started meditating from a more embodied perspective. And I saw how that resulted in greater intimacy in my life.

I’ve been working with the phrase embodied immediacy as a way to return to a sense of aliveness, fullness, and meaning. Immediacy is about being fully with what’s happening versus distracted by thoughts about what else could be or might be. If I’m not in a state of embodied immediacy, my gut tends to clench and my feet tend to curl up, like little animals.

I’ve noticed that when I’m irritated or in meetings where we’re solving problems and I’m getting feedback, it’s easy to enter a defensive state. When I see that state arising, if I soften my belly, drop my shoulders, plant my feet flat on the floor, and breathe calmly through the bottoms of my feet. It really helps. When I relax my feet intentionally, I become more spacious and can hold that space so that I’m helpful and the meeting continues to unfold in a way that’s grounded.

I have a very, very packed calendar. I go in to the SoundsTrue office at 9 a.m. and have back-to-back meetings until 5 or 5:30. Even 30 minutes for lunch is typed into my calendar. So we’ve ritualized starting each meeting with a minute of silence. I find this tremendously helpful because I always know I’ll at least have that chance to reset myself, to soften and uncurl.

When I realize I’m feeling stressed out or unfulfilled, embodied immediacy is my way back. Those two words put me back in touch with a feeling of being animated from the inside, of inhabiting myself … and finding a heartful connection.

– Tami Simon

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