Today’s insight: what you hold locked inside yourself, will ultimately burst out unleashed, one or another.
Yes, the mind-body connection is way past corny. This idea has been used and abused by most New Age worshiper as well as by all and any health gurus, past, current and wannabes. Still, moving beyond the mystical onto the practical aspects of that connection, a firsthand testimony is at hand.
I have noticed that for the second time in as many months, an unusual pain appeared in between my shoulder blades. A pain that started all of a sudden and felt like tight muscles. Being the yogi that I am, I am quite conscious of my body’s workings, and was not aware of anything unusual that might have instigated it. The first time it happened, just over a month ago, the soreness transpired a day or two after my arrival on a visit to Israel. I went to a yoga class in the city of Tel-Aviv and shortly after the class ended, the discomfort begun. I thought I may have pulls a muscle practicing some new asana in class. Not that the practice was overly demanding but it was my first real physical activity at the holy land after a very long journey to Israel; a journey that included a 6 hour nightly layover at Istanbul airport. I figured it’s all a result of the preceding stiffness, topped by the new yoga class. Luckily for me, my friend, with whom I went to the class, used a certain remote release technique that help me rid of the pain quickly. Fast forward: I am back in New York and it’s several weeks after my return. Yesterday morning I wake up with that same exact pain. This time I really didn’t do anything I could attributed the discomfort to. Yes, I work out, but my routine the day prior was nothing out of the ordinary. The weather had turned colder but it’s not like I am out there chopping wood…
Examining the exact location of the tightness, as well as the past week’s events, I started to observe a pattern; there was a lot of mental stress preceding both instances, leading to the shoulder blades’ tight knot. Furthermore, the location of the ache was exactly opposite the heart. Curious.
I phoned my friend in Israel, asking for her remote assistance. She again applied her wondrous technique and I felt some relief, but unlike the previous time, the sourness was not all gone. My friend suggested I look into what bothers me – heart and mind. It was then that I realized the level of stress I was carrying. While I wanted to believe I talked myself intellectually out of the mental strain, I had to admit that it did not dissipate out of my system quite yet. Sheer will just won’t do. The conclusion I am drawn to is that stress was the source of the pain in both cases.
I tend to think of muscle tightness as an isolated bio-mechanical event. Recently, in another blog entry posted here, I mentioned that I am starting to observe patterns related to blocked energy. Yet, this latest insight related to the physical manifestation of stress, is another step in that direction, though from a slightly different angle. I have made a mental note to myself that next time a pain shows up unexplained, it is worth examining from the perspective of what else might it be an outlet for, aside of course of physiological causes. That being said, if you drop a 10 lbs. hammer on your foot, there is no need to look too far as to the source of the pain (though I do know some people who will claim that this too, the dropping of the hammer, is but an event premeditated by a conflicted mind. 🙂
Learned from: an aching back and my friend Orit.
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