"Courageous Steps" by Jerry Brodey
“The first duty of love is to listen. Furthermore, if you sense that the world is animated by a loving presence and your own life somehow witnessed, you listen back in the spirit of conversation.” –Paul Tillich
Sometimes your head says one thing, your heart another and your gut yet another. In the safe container of council there is time and space for all the voices inside you to be heard, witnessed and mirrored.
Through the tracking of thoughts, sensations and emotions you stand to realign and gain perspective, to understand what the old story is and what new one must emerge. In an atmosphere of acceptance, bringing your attention and voice to each concern, you discover an innate knowing that can guide you.
In its simplest form, mentoring is an invaluable resource in our journey to get to the heart of it all and find the right questions. Whether you are in need of counsel on a particular roadblock, a creative project, a dream you want to manifest, or wanting to get unstuck from an identity that no longer serves you, consider Mentoring Ways.
What do sessions look like?
Each session is a bit of a mystery because one never knows what will show up and it helps for us to be curious. Bringing consciousness to the way you communicate requires heart and courage. It is a practice. For example, if you are working through an issue with your partner or yourself; before engaging in conversation, notice what tone, openness, curiosity and heart is present. What sensations do you feel in your body as emotions arise, asking “what’s here now” and noticing sensations.
Practicing “embodied presence” is an important element in your quality of connection to self and others. Embodied presence helps you to notice unhealthy patterns and what keeps them in place. Working as a couple; big feelings can arise along with confusion; understanding and discernment between what are feelings and what is the underlying issue is integral to change. Then it becomes easier to bring your fears and anxieties to each other, which creates a climate of trust.
Sometimes you’ll get triggered and the same old patterns may come into play. Naming the trigger, not blaming, taking a step back, finding your heart, having compassion for the work you are each doing, helps each of you to soften and see the trigger from a different perspective. All these are skill sets, tools to help negotiate change and develop more options.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
"Kim and Jerry Brodey of the Red Canoe Studio have mentored us over the past 7 years as a couple and separately. They have acted not only in a mentorship capacity through speech, guidance and body work, but as a beacon of love, as they themselves (a couple) embody the principles of a what deep, loving relationship is, and what it means to move through hardship and restore connection. During our pregnancy they helped us to connect in such a powerful and profound way with each other and our child that we were able to enjoy an ecstatic birth experience and journey into parenthood. We will forever be in deep gratitude to them, and would highly recommend them to anyone in any of their mentoring or healing capacities. In gratitude…"
Courtney Jefffery (Psychotherapist)
Ben Davenport (Music producer and Engineer at Honey House Productions)
"Being with Kim and Jerry in their home/life/studio provides the nurturing sanctuary for me to integrate what I feel going on inside me. In their joint presence I am witnessed in my life by souls who do not wish to change a thing I share through rescuing or inserting their wisdom. In doing so, I arrive home into my deeper self and release the story that is creating confusion and a sense of separation. By the end of the session, this return is complete and I leave feeling the love I am: open, alive and no need to keep up the persevering diligence I arrived with. Thank you Kim and Jerry for living the life they way you do, it touches my heart every time."
Celeste Shirley, Kinesiologist, The Yoga House
"Kim and Jerry provided an anchor for me during a time when I needed someone outside myself to help bring stillness and clarity within myself. Through their heartfelt listening and reflection, facilitation to follow sensations in my body beyond words/thoughts/feelings, and by providing a safe place where I could tell myself the truth out loud, I was able to take steps out of a muddied stuckness and into more fluid motion. As importantly, they acknowledged the very human experience of "stuckness," and so their approach to be with me without judgement or resistance to what I brought taught me to do the same in relationship to myself and others. They offered invaluable tools that I carried away with me."
Karen Haffey, Writer
"Jerry offers his gentle, powerful, insightful and loving mentoring to the community. I've had the privilege and pleasure to receive his support over the last ten years, and can honestly say that he (and his wife on other occasions) have been essential to many healing processes both emotional, spiritual and creative in my life…"
Grace Kaya, Performer and Yoga Teacher
Sessions with Kim or Jerry are, sliding scale, $150-$225 for 1 hour
Sessions for couples with Kim and Jerry are $300 to $450 for 1.5 hours
If finances are an issue please talk to us.
Call 416.690.8470 for appointment
Cancellation policy for private sessions
24 hours notice must be given or full fee will be charged.
NOTE: Those who have limited resources can negotiate an equitable exchange