Do you ever wonder about those reoccurring stories and thoughts that come up as soon as you try to meditate? What are the accompanying sensations? Where do you feel them? Your chest? Hips? Or your neck? Are you “stuck”?
We most often experience physical discomfort, even pain, way before we are able to truly understand it. Yes, sometime it’s simple as shitty alignment in the pose. But more often than not, the tightness and pain in the body are a result of a lot more than just our lack of flexibility. We know we are (physically) stuck, but we don’t really know why. Sometimes it doesn’t even make sense — you’re open, you’re strong, and yet your body won’t allow you to do what your asking of it. Why not?! The answer lays in the realm of the unseen, unheard, and unacknowledged.
The only way to move past our stuck place is to expand our field of attention and awareness. In other words, go into our unconscious. “The tightness in our chest,” writes @jack_kornfield, “will become sadness, and the sadness may become grief. As we finally begin to grieve, the pattern will release.”
That simply means staying curious about everything that rises up. You have to wonder and question and watch. This is practice of mindfulness. And it starts with ourselves. Remember, “the task of meditation,” as Jack Kornfield explains, “is to drop below the level of the repeated recorded messages, to sense and feel the energy that brings it up.”
So what do you do? Practice.
Leggings by @werkshop 🦁