The first thing to do when you notice some pain or discomfort is ask this simple question. What was happening in my life just before this? Then create a timeline of events.
You don't have to make this a difficult exercise, just go with what comes to your mind in that moment. Usually the important facts are right on the tip of your tongue.
If you haven't read the other part to this blog post, make sure you read
Where Does Stress Show Up?
If you start to look at what is happening around the time the pain or discomfort is showing up, you might just find a key that helps you interact with your life differently. Awareness of what is going on helps lead you to the point of making different choices.
Without that knowledge or awareness, you're missing key bits of information that could alter and change your physical reality or even your mental reality. We can impact our lives so much and our physical bodies even though we forget that we can.
Go in and feel...
When you think you've discovered what the events were that brought on the pain, try to go in and feel that. Take a look at it. Is there anything you can change or alter? Is it trying to show you something? It it attempting to connect you with something that you need to do differently in life?
Feel and sense the pain in your body while making the connection. See what movement or connection you can make to help let it go. Sounds and very slow connected movements can do wonders to help alleviate stress in addition to breath work.
That's the first part and after that, it is up to you in how you proceed with the knowledge and awareness you have. It is up to you how you find ways to work with letting that physical stress go. We can of course keep beating our head against the proverbial brick wall, but if we understand that we can interact with our own biology, than we're on the road to making positive changes in our life.
Dealing with stress showing up in our body takes us out of numbing and disconnect. It brings us back into our body where we can interact with it in a much deeper level. Someone once said, "Know Thyself" and through the body interaction with pain, we will truly begin to know thyself.
Unfortunately most of us go on autopilot every day of our life trying to get from one activity to the next, one job task to the next and ignoring the greater parts of our life. If we just stop and notice at some point during our day, we could alleviate much of our suffering. Numbing and disconnect gets us nowhere, but as humans we tend to keep repeating that which does not work.
This is not just a mental exercise of thoughts and thinking positive. This is learning to interact with not only our thoughts, but their connection in the body. If you stop and notice and observe, you will see them, but if you only focus on the mental aspect, you will miss half the healing that is readily available.
It is truly up to us what we allow ourselves to do and how we interact with our biology. We make the choice. We can choose to avoid it or we can choose to go in and take a look, thereby giving us a greater awareness of the body we inhabit.
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