Courtney in the Garden

Hi it is Courtney with a stress-grounding tip #3 and a free guided meditation. Stress can overwhelm our faculties and muddy the waters of our mind– yet the body stands at the ready, a wonderful guide for navigating challenges.

But how to speak the language of the body?

Here is a guided meditation to help you calibrate your Body Compass (adapted from the work of Martha Beck.)

Our body tends to contract when we are pointed in the wrong direction and making choices which don’t line up with our authentic selves. In comparison we experience a lightness or openness when moving toward opportunities and relationships which align with who we really are. Sounds too easy, but it is one of the most powerful coaching tools I use with clients.

Don’t take my word for it! Try out the practice and once you calibrate the compass + get a name for each of the sensations, the positive and negative “body reads,” use that information to literally feel your way forward, moment by movement, navigating live choices.

Holidays can feel stale or scripted. Sometimes just going slow, and remembering that you have a choice, in fact multiple choices, can breathe fresh air into the day for you and loved ones.

Try it out! As always I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below. And for more on the body compass check out Martha Beck’s book Finding Your Own North Star — its a high quality read.



PS. I will be off the technology grid next week– spending SLOW time with my family. And cooking and eating and looking at stars. I hope you lose your iPhone for a while. And soak up goodness. And I’ll look forward to reconnecting (and writing again) after Thanksgiving. xo

This month I’m doing a series on stress… and the best practices for grounding and releasing it. (Thought we might all need these techniques well in hand as we transition into the holiday season.) Try some of these practices when you need to reset. And share with a friend who might need it. xo Courtney

{Stress-Grounding Tip #1} Try this Guided Meditation

{Stress-Grounding Tip #2} Push the Pause Button

About Courtney


Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three young children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at or you can schedule a complementary clarity session to talk more.