Move your mind, Move your body, Move your soul.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
~ Walt Whitman
Well ok, then.
I am reading this book by Rebecca Campbell called "Light is the New Black". I am so enjoying it, as it talks about looking to your light within and then letting it shine. It is the recurring theme in the books I have been reading over the last year or so. More on that later. Anyhow, one of the things that Rebecca mentions in the books is the pitfalls that prevent us from shining as bright as possible. Right now.
And one of the things on the list? Naming it.
Shit. My last post was fricken' called "Name It".
I love naming things. Having a word that helps to describe what's going on. It's like once you know the illness, the treatment is possible. Naming something, owning it, moving forward. But sometimes, as Rebecca so kindly reminds us, having to Name something can be a big, fat roadblock to moving through it.
So when it comes to how you are feeling in this moment - what is moving through you? Notice that. Notice what's happening in your body. And maybe, rather than naming it, you ask yourself: "What do I need right now to heal this feeling?"
This morning, I woke up from a dream where someone had stolen my laptop, phone, wallet, and journal. And what did I do in the dream? I railed against the Universe. I cried and carried on and hollered. The night before last, I dreamt about my kids, and woke up in a cold sweat, thinking "I need to be more compassionate!" What are these dreams trying to tell me, I wondered.
Anxiety. (yes, I named it) I woke up scared both days.
So this morning, Rebecca Campbell's words travelling through my heart, and rather than dwelling in my mind of "What am I so fearful of?" "What's going on with me?" I asked myself "What can I do right now to heal my fear?"
'Move,' the Universe whispered to me.
So I moved my body, stretched my hamstrings and my belly, listened to my breath.
And holy shit, I felt better. So I'm sharing it. No you don't have to name everything. You can be curious about what's going on for you. Curious about what might help and then do that thing. You are on the right track. And me too. Thanks, Rebecca!
You gotta feel it to heal it.