Image courtesy of “Heart Drawing On The Sand” by arztsamui
This is Day 2 of my 14 day mindfulness challenge. Every day for the next 14 days I will do a mindfulness meditation.
Today the focus was on labelling EMOTIONS. I had a fitful sleep as I was obsessing about this work project I can’t seem to get a handle on. That send me in an anxiety spin so I spent the first hour this morning working on said project to calm my stress levels before I felt ready to do my meditation.
After connecting with my abdominal breathing, I focussed on my chest area noticing which emotions were present. It turned out that obsessing about my work is a defense against underlying feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness.
Nevertheless, I am grateful to be able to be with this issue and having the capacity for it to emerge.
Yesterday I saw an osteopath for some treatment on my sore neck and shoulder.
I felt very relaxed after the session.
What was surprising to me though was waking up in the middle of the night flooded with fear and drenched in sweat.
As mentioned in yesterday’s post, unresolved emotions get stored in our bodies and may make themselves known through muscle tension, aches and pains, destructive behaviour etc.
On the other hand muscle tensions and aches and pains can also have a protective function. For example, preventing us from feeling the emotion underneath our system may not be ready to be with just yet.
So what happened to for me was that some of the painful emotions underneath my neck pain got released through the osteopathic treatment. They are challenging to be with but for sure part of the process of resolving it, so THANK YOU!