Alright, so I am not good at 30 day blogging challenges. But whatever.
And this one will be short as I have a lot of thoughts going on, I just can’t break them all down. I am in a shift in my yoga teaching and I am still sorting out what that is.
But, in my various trainings, the same idea keeps coming up, and it is the idea of creating space within the body to actually experience what is happening in the heart and mind. I sort of touched on this in my last post on the breath.
When we are stressed out, we tend to close up in the body. We become hunched and squeezed and knotted in an attempt to block the emotional pain coming our way.
But what really needs to happen is the creation of space. Space in our physical self in order to experience the emotional self, even when it’s not going to be fun.
We can’t get through what is blocked. We can try to go around it or over it, but even if we make it to the other side, the blockage will still be there, and eventually we are just going to have to come back. And then the blockage has been sitting for a long time and gotten stronger and it’s going to be even more difficult to get through.
Had we just made space in the beginning, opening up the body and allowing the emotional pain a place to exist, then the challenge of getting through is still there, but it is WILL be easier to cope with than if we had ignored it.
Stress makes you want to shut down, but don’t. Stay open to the experience and find a way through. It will happen. And the other side will be much lighter, I promise.