When we are feeling physical pain, heaviness or grief in our bodies, our first reaction is to avoid and numb it. We do this to protect ourselves and to survive. This is a normal reaction to trauma and pain, however, what if we knew that when we shut down these feelings, we actually shut down any opportunity to release and heal them and as a consequence, we shut down allowing joy, abundance and good health to return.
It’s easier said than done. However, what I have found really helps me, is to focus.
I focus on the feelings in my body, and not in my mind. The mind will keep me in a story about the pain.
When I wake up and practice my yoga and meditation, I focus on how my body is feeling. Is there a disturbance in me, a contraction, a heaviness? If so, “Where in my body is this?” and that’s where I allow my focus to go. It might be in my stomach, my heart, or my leg etc.
Once I know where it is, I breathe into this area of my body like I am blowing up a balloon, gently and slowly. I imagine I am expanding this area in my body. Keep going until you feel some shift and a lighter sense of space in this area. When you feel this space, now imagine you are bringing in light and healing to this area. Practice every day.
When we focus on what our bodies are telling us and create space within, it opens up space around us and we receive what we need.
“There is no such thing as having achieved your fullest potential. As a human being, we are a limitless possibility.” – Sadhguru