The emotional-body connection …

Last week I received a phone call and the news wasn’t good. Life was busy, as it usually is, and my little one was running around asking Mummy to play. Life had to go on as usual. No pause button, no rewind and certainly no fast forward. So there I was, wanting the world to swallow me up but having to search for that brave face that I knew was always close to hand.

So, I took myself off for ten minutes, fixed up my brave face, took some deep breaths, shed a tear or two and then back I went. Don’t get me wrong, it still hurt, but I knew with time this wound would heal and I would feel stronger again88b2248be97597e17680634ed0d812cd

The next morning, I decided to hit the gym to clear my head and get some physical space. I stepped onto the cross-trainer, began peddling and all of a sudden a rush of emotion hit me and I could feel myself about to burst in to tears. Not so cool in a gym full of people I have never met before!

The urge to shed tears passed but my experience deepened. I could literally feel every muscle of my body releasing the emotional tension they had been carrying for the last 24 hours. This was my lesson.

Those of you that know me well know that I am a firm believer that there is always a lesson to be learnt and wisdom to be gained from all experiences in life. You see, we all get very caught up with the mind stuff (and don’t get me wrong, this is super important) but once we have the mind on side we think we’re good to go. But what about the phsical body? Why don’t we acknowledge the role our physical body plays in the experiences of our life?

I treat the physical body everyday in my working life and have often witnessed the emotional release that occurs when the physical body is acknowledged and honoured for it’s supportive role in our lives. Even with this regular reminder, I was still blown away by the immediate emotional release that occurred when I took the time to reconnect with my body.

When life gets tough we often want, and even rely on, the support of others. The biggest problem with this is no one else can see what is really going on inside. With the greatest will in the world and all the empathy possibly available to man, others often perceive that as soon as the mind seems OK then you are OKhot_stone_massage_image

So, next time life gets tough or you feel your not fully letting go of something, I urge you to connect with your physical body. Go for a run, hit the gym, get a massage – whatever form it takes, honour the physical vessel that carries and support us through the good, the bad and everything in between. After all, things could get a whole lot harder without it.

Sending a big hug to your physical self,

Kirsty x

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