I’ve heard that we teach that which we need to learn. That is certainly true for me with both the Fall Food Demo classes and Let Your Yoga Dance. Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I woke up again to pain in my neck and instead of berating myself for not knowing why I can’t “just fix this” with the right yoga stretch and massage, the thought occurred to me, “What is my body trying to tell me?” Perhaps, I need to practice more of what I preach….
So I came downstairs to meditate on this question, to surrender to my need to “fix it” to let go of the need to control it and to just feel the pain and it occurred to me to practice the ESSENCE meditation that I had written about earlier this summer in my newsletter and then again in a blog (that I had written but just now posted). I write a lot, but for one reason or another have not posted all of my blogs. Why? Perhaps it is due to my own censorship, fear of inadequacy, lack of social media skills or the belief that I don't have enough time. Deepak Chopra says, “If we think we don’t have enough time we won’t”…
So if my body is trying to tell me something, do I believe that my body is punitive or loving? I choose to believe that my body loves me; and that our God (or higher power) also loves me, like a parent. What are these loving thoughts then? Is my pain telling me that I am weak or not good enough? That I'm innately bad? Is it telling me that it is my fault that I am ill? Is it judgmental? Is it shameful?
OR is my body merely just trying to get my attention? Does it have to scream louder because I refuse to slow down… to stop, look and listen? Or is it because I refuse to take time to meditate; to believe in myself, and the wisdom that lies innately within. Is this really the essence of healing?
Which thought is more conducive to health? Which thought would you choose today? One that you are broken and need to be fixed; or one that is about taking back your health and of self-empowerment? This is the paradigm shift in thinking that has to happen to heal healthcare. This is the essence of what we do together in a coaching session. This type of breakthrough thinking is what leads to self-love and self care. We learn to choose to silence the ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) and to create a new more loving script to live by.
I then Googled “yoga poses for insomnia” and reviewed exactly what it is I need to teach in this afternoon’s yoga class. The workshop series I am doing at Beloved Yoga Studio offers food and a discussion after each Let Your Yoga Dance Class, and today our topic is staying “Healthy through the Holidays”.
I then slept for 5 ½ hours straight; which is exactly what my body needed! Namaste & Carpe Diem!