Teaching Yoga, I have become aware of body mechanics. I have noticed that once we get injured, the muscles surrounding the damaged area tend to contract. This is not a bad thing as the body responds to a threat by enclosing the place of weakness, allowing healing to take place. Designed by nature, or some other divine power, this physiological reaction makes sense. Yet, once contracted, muscles do not easily tend to relax when the injury is mended. It is a somewhat peculiar phenomenon, and quite a negative one as if recovery takes a long time, new patterns of moving, walking and behaving are created e.g. a limp. Such habits, unfortunately, cannot easily be shaken off.
By bringing awareness to the situation, we can breach a newly formed pattern and go back to a healthier one. That is where yoga, physical therapy and alike, play an important part.
What can I learn from this curiosity, aside of the physiological aspects? It is possible that the same applies to the mental and emotional planes. We get hurt and immediately close up. Someone broke our heart, or maybe a loved one passed away, perhaps we were insulted, or not promoted at work, possibly even got fired. Some time later, when the threat is removed or fades away, we continue to maintain a tight emotional muscle, encompassing us from future injury. Only problem is that by doing so we continue to walk awkwardly, experiencing life with a limp. This all boils down back to awareness. That is where it starts. Much like in my Yoga practice, I cannot release a muscle before I notice it is tight. At times I can feel the stiffness when I close my eyes and focus, at other times I need someone else to place a hand on the constricted area and suddenly I become aware and can finally let go.
Learned from: observing an injury