PO Box 9286, Santa Fe, NM 87504


​​​​​​​Embodying Emotions with Somatic Meditation

Location: Internet & at Life Transition Meditation Center
Date:  October 20th 2021
Time: 11:00AM & 6:00PM Mountain Time, USA
Cost: www.lifetransition and click on Donate button at the bottom of page.
(Donation / Dana to $300; people have given more and less...Remember)

We have all experienced what happens when we can’t get a handle on difficult emotions. Sooner or later we find ourselves adrift in an ocean of toxic stress, with adverse effects impacting our physical and mental health, our performance at work and our family life.  Everyone has a different constitution, genetic makeup, and upbringing that influence our stress hardiness and conflict literacy.  Working with our emotions takes more than a healthy diet, exercise, spiritual practice and regular medical check-ups.  Our bodies bear the burden of trauma and resulting stress and this needs to be addressed directly. 

In this class, you will learn to work mindfully with emotions and physical sensations through therapeutic awareness, breath practice, and other tools/skills in order to gain insight into embodiment and transcend difficult emotions. 

This meditation-based group will be open to seven participants.  We will meet once a week for seven consecutive weeks for 2 hours each meeting. This will be a closed group that’s not about telling or sharing your story.  14 Continuing Education Units are available from New Mexico Counseling Therapy & Practice Board.

Facilitator:  Ralph Steele, LMFT, SEP, ISP

Ralph has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1987.  As a marriage, family and individual therapist his specialty is treating complex trauma & teaching advanced meditation practices.  He is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and in Integral Somatic Psychology by the founder, Raja Selvam, Ph.D. Since 2014, Ralph has been assisting Dr. Selvam in advanced trainings. In 1988, Ralph founded the first Elizabeth Kübler-Ross Hospice training program at Northern New Mexico Community College.  Ralph is currently the Guiding Teacher for the Life Transition Meditation Center, a meditation-based trauma & meditation center, which he founded in 2003. His first book, Tending the Fire, an autobiography, explores his year as a Buddhist monk in Thailand and Myanmar.

Registration and Further Information



About the group:

This group was inaugurated in April, 2017.  It is now conducted virtually on the internet to make it available to a larger community.  The class meets on the internet using Zoom, which is secure and accessible on most devices.  The training is meditation based, with skills drawn from all lineages & cultures. Each group has 5 to 7 participants, who meet for two-hour sessions over seven weeks. No prior meditation experience is necessary.

Basic Cognitive Format: sensations vs feelings, the basis of two kinds of experiences that inform different behaviors.

    1. physical body which contains feelings, stories of patterns, conditions, belief systems, and self regulation;

    2.  subtle body: (soul, spirit, & energy body), which contains sensations of goodness, neutrality, and pain.

Both types of experiences/behaviors create our sense of self from moment to moment. There is a synergistic effect when participants practice on their own, while not in group. The more positive changes in body, speech and mind will become noticeable.


The application of Mindfulness is shifted to a new level, using one’s abilities to not just analyze what’s “out there” but also “what’s in here”.  

In each class, participants have the opportunity to volunteer to work with me individually. Their process impacts all other participants via the “collective subtle body”, resulting in dramatic changes rapidly.    -


It’s okay for participants to be on medication

    -The use of cigarettes, alcohol, or cannabis will slow you down, but this can be worked with.  

    -Those who were not taking any of the above noticed more dramatic improvements  

Pre & Post Tests are administered. 14 CEUs are available from the NM Counseling Therapy & Practice Board.


Advanced Groups

People asked for an Advanced group in order to explore this new level more deeply, and to access a deeper level of cleansing / healing.  Some participants have taken the Initial Group multiple times before choosing to move on to the Advanced group, in order to gain a deeper understanding of themselves through the Basic Cognitive Format.

Participants Comments:

“I was amazed to see that the energy between each other was high there. We don’t need to be face to face.”

“Even on nights that I have any problems falling asleep, using the “enhancing” exercises helped almost immediately.”

“Working with the Subtle Energy Body is powerful and transformative. I have loved being in this class.”
“Utilizing the joints as grounding points to help move painful energy.  This tool made it much easier to actually engage group methods while getting “triggered” outside of group.”