Leading with Truth
Recently a disc in my cervical spine shimmied out of place.
The best part is, I did this in a yoga class. What is even better is that I knew, while I was in this class, that I wasn't listening to my body. Pain, numbness, and a bit of tingling with a lack of sleep has been the result. The mother of all platitudes ("Listen to your body!!!") given by yoga teachers all over the world, and then, students are given specific cues on when to breathe, when to move, and how long to hold poses.
My truce with fear and anger was tenuous at best.
Though I spend hours with clients, helping them ease into feeling their feelings and feel them in their bodies, it has always been with the understanding that we want to get our emotions to "go away" so we can get un-stuck and make better decisions. That feelings must be felt (as annoying and inconvenient as that may be), but then we can move on to something better than the pesky feeling-state.
I was preparing for something that...
"I feel so drawn to yoga. I can't explain it, really...."
These words spill out, like a secret told for the first time, from many of my clients and friends. They may have a regular practice, or they've experienced yoga in a class once or twice, or maybe they've never done it before. But the longing and desire is there, drawing their eye and nudging their heart to.... something. But what?
The rich experience of being in the body is calling.
I didn't have adequate words to describe...
My Mother is self-destructing.
As dramatic as that sounds, it's true. Just a fact of life. She's been in four rehab centers this last year and hasn't maintained more than 2 months of consecutive sobriety to my knowledge.
This is an old, painful story for me and my family. Part of me would like very much to march on like a good little soldier and say that it's okay -- that we know, as adults, we can't do anything but pray. That the people we love have their own paths...
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