The moment, a millisecond really, before I moved forward to reach for an object on the couch, I realized that this was to be the last unconscious gesture I would make for a while. The vivid pinch in my lower back confirmed that thought which unconditionally brought me back to the present.
All pain, emotional and physical, grounds you and refuses to allow the usual mind wandering hop scotch that we practice during most of our day. The first teaching, of course, is gratitude. An appreciation for the thousands of days my back, and the rest of my body, moved as requested with little or no attention given to the how and the why of this gift of health, so dearly missed when absent, even for a few days.
The second teaching comes from the realization that nothing happens as an unconnected and coincidental event, especially back pain. The spine is the root of our physical manifestation in this reality, so any blockages or disruptions in its energetic messaging cannot be ignored. If you attempt to artificially medicate, the relief will be temporary and the potential damage can be long-term. On the other hand, if you listen, by this I mean, literally see how each of your thought feels within your body, the pain or lack of pain actually becomes a GPS of sorts, an extraordinarily customized teaching tool for this particular moment in your life.
The third teaching is that of facing and releasing your fears. In flow, there is no space for second guessing and worry. Hesitation cannot reside within balanced movement. Every moment of fear is imprinted, even via the minute crisping of the spine and the unconscious halting of the breath. The body reminds us in small and large ways that within there must also be a regular process of cleansing. Whether by deep breath work, Reiki sessions, relaxing stone massages or many of the ancient body movement traditions, such as Yoga and Tai Chi, daily mindful attention allows for the balancing of energy in form.
Funny how with this back pain, I also intuitively received the message that this is to be my last post for this blog page. It has been a three year journey in sharing my thoughts, insights, experiences and inspirations on the world wide web.
Now, I move opposite the mainstream tide, out of the virtual world and back into the energetic experience of life on earth in human form.
Feel free to join me.