“There is more wisdom in your body than your deepest philosophy.” – Frederich Nietzsche
Close your eyes and imagine the person or pet you care about the most in this world. Notice how your body feels when you think of them. Does your breath flow freely, maybe your heart expands and a smile appears on your face? Now imagine you just found out they have a terminal illness. Do you notice a shift in your body? Maybe a contraction in the chest, or a shallowing of your breath. Muscle tightness or a drop in your stomach?
The shift in your body was created by your nervous system. When there is a lot of information coming in at once and we don’t have enough energy to process it all at the same time while keeping our heart beating, lungs breathing, kidneys running, etc., the nervous system creates a contraction of awareness. In Chiropractic, we call this a subluxation. It’s protecting you, making sure you have the energy resources you need to stay alive.
This subluxation often is accompanied by pain. A signal to your brain, reminding you that there is information that needs to be processed once the immediate overwhelm is gone. There’s wisdom to be gained and changes need to be made in your life accordingly.
Often times in our society, we are taught to dis-like pain. To want it gone. Force it out of existence. We push on it, we stab it with needles, we even try to cut it away. We think we know more than the wisdom in our body and something must have gone “wrong” or off the radar from the intelligence that resides within us and all around us. This puts us at war with… ourselves. Our own wisdom is willing us to connect and we are pushing away.
What if we opened up to our pain and the wisdom that resides within it? What if we became more energy efficient in our lives so that we had energy to spare to process the information that’s waiting for us? What if we claimed MORE energy?
Connecting back to ourselves, our wisdom, our nature, our purpose, is where all the keys to these shifts reside. Where have we been ignoring the signs when they have been all around us? When have we been pushing when we were being asked to be still? When have we chose not to feel when our body is asking us to move emotion? Where have we not asked for help because we have not trusted?
It’s time to end the war with ourselves and come back home to the wisdom that made the body. It’s the same wisdom that heals it. The further you are from something, the less effect you can have on it. What lessons does your body hold for you? Lean in, move closer and let’s make this year an intimate one.
“Unexpressed emotions tend to stay in the body like small ticking time bombs, they are illnesses in incubation.” – Marilyn Van Derbur
Emotions are simply ENERGY in MOTION. They are a physical response to a mental stimulus. Emotions are meant to change the chemistry in every cell of our body so we can adapt to the situation at hand.
When we freely express and connect to emotion, we flow WITH life and get to participate in all the depths of experience that life has to offer.
When we try to control, suppress, or logic our way out of experiencing an emotion, major problems present.
The energy that was in motion comes to a sudden halt and gets stored in the connective tissue of various parts of our body. This stored tension can create quite a bit of pain. Pain is trying to get our attention by interrupting our life. It is telling us that something NEEDS to CHANGE. Our strategy of dealing with stress by not truly expressing emotion is not WORKING!
Aside from chronic pain, connective tissue tension creates stress on our nervous system and decreases our brain’s ability to communicate with that area. Now, disease and injury may occur as a result of the disconnection and lack of awareness.
Another issue that results from stored tension is the block that it creates to future expression of emotion, further snowballing the problem.
SO how do we express and connect to our emotions fully?
We must connect to the sensation the emotion creates in the body. We must be curious. Explore it. Ask ourselves questions. Where is this sensation? Is it moving? What does this emotion FEEL like? What does my BODY want to do? Am I letting it move freely? Do I feel uncomfortable? How can I open up and surrender more to this emotion?
Many times we try to connect with the THOUGHTS that pop up when we feel emotion. This is the mind trying to logic our way through it without actually having to experience the real emotion. We now are experiencing our CONCEPT of the emotion. And concepts are illusions, they are not reality. They are based on past information and experiences. Emotion is illogical and all about the present. It is trying to create a change in our body so we can adapt and move WITH life. And they change all the time!
The more we open up to our emotions, the more our life moves with ease. The more we allow our current emotions to stretch us, the greater range of emotions we get to feel. Life is about EXPERIENCE. There is a radical difference between joy and ECSTASY. Happiness and ELATION! We DESERVE to dive into a greater depth in life. It was meant to be RAW, REAL, and BEAUTIFUL