Do you ever wonder where those expressions about the body come from? Difficult to swallow, gut wrenching, gut feeling, mind-numbing, pain in the neck, weak in the knees, lump in the throat, up to my eyes… & so on. Our bodies have many messages for us if we show up enough to hear what they’re saying.
My messages have blared at me recently. I have just spent the last hour Googling alternatives to Prednisone, which I am currently taking to soothe the inflammation & itching in my eyes. I have been up since 4 a.m.- (insomnia is a side effect of Prednisone) & though my creative mind wants to write, it is having tremendous difficulty connecting with the body mind that powers it all.
It’s no surprise that my body is choosing its own particular way of revolting. I spent the cold winter & spring huddled in a physical state of near inertia, & now that I have delved into looking deep within the yogic chakra system & practicing the breathwork & poses that go with them, all hell seems to be breaking loose.
This is what happens when we begin to integrate the body into our creative journey. All the things you formerly ignored are there, waiting for you. Some of them might even wave their fists in anger, as mine are now. Crushing headaches, swollen eyes, hives that sweep across my neck. This is the physical manifestation of energy that, on some level, needs to be addressed. The body as a messenger cannot be ignored for long.
While prednisone isn’t the answer, it is a temporary relief & necessity while I dive into other better methods of handling the imbalance. More breath work & meditation, better diet, more room for play & creative expansion, connect with mother earth & like-minded people.
Mind you, my own story is likely quite different than yours, as is my body’s response to it. In any case, the result is clearly caused by a state of imbalance in my energy systems within. BALANCE. Something good to look into, don’t you think?
I recently read a brilliant sentence: balance is a verb, not a noun. I’ve also read that balance is a myth, that everything fluctuates, is constantly shifting. Either way, there is ACTION involved.
HOW DO YOU RELATE TO THE ACTION OF BALANCE? WHAT DO YOU DO TO HELP THE PHYSICAL BODY MELD & MEND WITH THE CREATIVE SPIRIT WITHIN?
I have traveled these last four weeks through the first three chakras in my yoga classes, bringing close attention to the energy that resides in each. The root chakra, as I discussed HERE, helps ground us into our physical bodies & tethers us to this earth. It calls up our issues of survival, of basic needs. It is strong, masculine, giving.
Two weeks of that practice blew me open & touched those raw places within. I am SO not connected to this earth these days, nor to my sense of prosperity. This move of ours last year has been a difficult transition & has not played out in the way we’d hoped. While I feel a bit embarrassed to admit my true feelings, I know that if I move towards it with inquiry & without judgment, the energy of it will shift. Things will reveal themselves & I can choose to move through it with a greater awareness, make it to “the other side.”
I will write more about the second & third chakras & how they relate to our creativity in my coming posts, but my point in sharing today’s is this:
It is critical you have an outlet in which to move & connect with yours. I offer yoga as a way to do this, but you might be more aligned with something else: tennis, Zumba, swimming, walking, paddle boarding, lifting weights, dance, cycling, hiking, surfing, Tai Chi, Karate, Chi Gong…
Whatever speaks to your heart, embrace it. Make it part of your daily creative practice. It can be hard enough as it is to stay committed to your art-making without needing to nurse a broken body.
Be strong in yours today, dear maestros. & if you aren’t feeling as such, take a step towards doing what you can to make sure you eventually will. It may be a difficult transition at first, but I guarantee it’ll be worth it in the long run.