for a long time now, i have been eluding my body. steering clear of physical exercise in all but the most superficial ways, i was definitely not relating to my physical-ness. a few years ago, my body endured some trauma which changed my body in small but dramatic ways. the memory and repercussions of those assaults and changes has stayed with me and, established many self-imposed physical boundaries. those boundaries became barriers, reasons, excuses, and eventually total denial. i lived in denial of my physical self for so long that i lost flexibility of body and spirit. (for an ex-dancer that means a lot.) the stiffness was in my limbs, my spine, my hips, my back, my shoulders … it permeated into all my cells, into my brain, and into my heart. i froze up.
i was protecting myself. and then i was hiding. i stayed engaged with mental and emotional trials. content for some time with discontent. unwilling to stretch forward.
there was no profound event. the defrosting has come in waves. at the beginning of this year, i did a lot of praying. a lot of begging the universe to undo it and wake me up. a lot of spiritual arguing. i sought and found many teachers along the way. i asked and listened – still in my head – but slowly applying their wisdom. sometimes, so slowly that i forgot for awhile … and then remembered … letting it all settle into my understanding so i could find a way to acceptance.
body is not separate from mind. what we say to ourselves matters. we manifest what happens to us by the words we choose to hold onto, the story we create around what happens, and the people we surround ourselves with (or isolate ourselves from).
at the end of this year, the ice is melting and i am sitting in a pool of water. .. no longer frozen. i am not yet an ocean of movement, but december is warm.
by eddie vedder: ‘better days’
i feel part of the universe open up to meet me. my emotions so submerged, broken down to kneel in. once listening, the voices they came. had to somehow greet myself, read myself. heard vibrations within my cells … singing ah, ah, ah, ahhhhh.