Discomfort all over…

As I am standing in the bathroom wallowing in my admittedly excruciating period pain, R.E.M.’s Everybody hurts” is floating through my mind.

And true.

At this very moment 1000s of other women around the world are experiencing similar cramps, tensions and/or feelings of nausea related to their monthly discomfort.

I have been occupying myself with learning more about the chakras lately. The one that comes to mind here is the second one, the scaral chakra or Svadisthana in Sanskrit. When unbalanced we can feel stuck unable to move forward. And that again fits with what my TCM practitioner told me about period pain. The smooth flow of blood and / or energy is interrupted, the  blood flow stagnates and depriving the pelvic region of adequate oxygen, nutrients, and waste removal.

So here are some things that may help in balancing the second chakra:

 

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Staying with WHAT IS – Day 31

It has been almost a week now and my neck is still hurting – Grrgh

 ! I feel CHALLANGEND by this!

I am starting to get very impatient. I want it to be better.

NOW!

I have been with it, I sat with it, I have massaged balm into my neck, I have consciously relaxed and released it.

I just realised how familiar that is, in fact I have written a very similar post just 2 days ago.

I guess there’s some learning here.

Another way of attending is to focus on my throat chakra (Vissuddha):

  • Where haven’t I spoken MY TRUTH?
  • Expressed MYSELF authentically?

One of the hardest lessons for me:

– PATIENCE –

Sometimes things just take a while. It is a process that happens in its own time. Especially if this is a pattern that has been around for DECADES, of course it can’t be resolved in a few days.

And again it is also about attending to the INNER CHILD! Soothing it, comforting it, instead of rushing it, wanting it to hurry up and get on with it.

THANK YOU for listening!

What I am grateful for today:

  • Waking up to sunshine!
  • My morning walk!
  • Brunch with my girlfriends!

Staying with WHAT IS – Day 28

Had a bit of an unruly night!

Feeling quite nervous about the workshop today and kept obsessing about it.

Then tension from the left side of my neck has now moved to the middle of my neck as well as travelled down to the area in-between my shoulder blades.

Seems like my heart chakra (Anahata) is affected as well which was quite obvious in my meditation practice this morning. I couldn’t visualize pink light in my heart space in similarly no beam of golden light in my solar plexus (Manipura).

I felt unnerved and frustrated by this.

My inner critic raising its ugly head urging me to try harder. Which I did, but it wouldn’t work.

I turned to the Acu-Yoga book (Gach & Marco, 1988) and looked up exercises for the heart chakra. The heart chakra is about regulating emotions and connected to the cardiac plexus, the thymus gland, and the pericardium.

The following exercises benefit the heart chakra:

Flapping wings (Gach & Marco, 1988, p.69)

  1. Stand, stretch your arms back parallel to the ground, palms facing out till you feel a stretch between your shoulder-blades.
  2. Inhale, raise your chest up and out
  3. Exhale, keep your arms straight and parallel to the ground, bring them forward, your palms touching, your spine rounding.
  4. Continue to inhale as arms go backward again.

Cross my heart pose (Gach & Marco, 1988, p.70)

  1. Sit cross-legged, spine straight
  2. Place your right hand in your left arm pit and vice versa
  3. Close your eyes, tuning into your body and meditate on your heart

References

Gach, Michael Reed, with Carolyn Marco. Acu-Yoga: Self-Help Techniques to Relieve Tension. New York: Japan Publications, Inc., 1998.

What I am grateful for today:

  • My morning bike ride
  • Being healthy
  • My morning practice

Staying with WHAT IS – Day 27

Suffering from excruciating neck pain since yesterday morning.

Have tried to stretch it, massage it with tiger balm, did several relaxing and releasing exercises throughout the day but nothing worked.

So painful!

Neck pain can be caused by many different factors I guess now I am trying to find out the one true for me.

One of the possible reason can be that my throat chakra (Vishuddha) is blocked. If I don’t express myself appropriately the balance between myself and the outside world is disturbed.

The throat chakra further correlates with the arms, neck and mouth. So no wonder my left shoulder feels tense as well.

SAHAJA YOGA suggests to place our hand over the painful area during meditation and either reaffirm ‘Mother I am not guilty’ 16 times, or try to massage the area with oil.

According to Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D (who has successfully integrated yoga and acupressure to an effective self-healing system), names the neck as the first area where any sort of stress will manifest. That trails back to our ancient survival mechanism the “fight-or flight response” where the neck becomes tense to protect the head and the exposed blood vessels on the neck (Reed & Marco, 1988).

The neck is the link between mind and body.So if there are conflicting messages and demands between mind and body, tension in the neck is likely to arise.

That doesn’t come as a surprise as many meridians travel through the neck area. Therefore stiffness in the neck can also cause a sore throat or swollen glands. The following meridians and their associated emotions and organs can be found in the neck area:

  • Large Intestine Meridian / Lungs (grief)
  • Triple Warmer Meridian / Pericardium (joy)
  • Gall Bladder Meridian (anger)
  • Bladder Meridian / Kidneys (fear)

Yoga poses that help with neck pain:

http://blog.renew-pt.com/2010/11/23/yoga-for-neck-pain/

http://www.holistic-online.com/yoga/yoga_acu_yoga_pillar_of_heaven_pose.htm

References

Gach, Michael Reed, with Carolyn Marco. Acu-Yoga: Self-Help Techniques to Relieve Tension. New York: Japan Publications, Inc., 1998.

What I am grateful for today:

  • The sunshine
  • My morning practice
  • Being able to write my Blog