DON'T HOLD BACK !
MAN “Doctor, I’ve hurt my arm in several places.”
DOCTOR “Well don’t go there anymore.”
Tommy Cooper, hapless comedian and magician.
We all hurt ourselves. Often a hurt is found repeatedly in the same place. The bad leg or back or . . . insert your favourite pain.
Now in our culture we are taught we are not strong enough, we need to exercise more, there is something wrong with us. We need to work harder. Achieve. Fix your posture or muscle strength and you will take care of the pain.
Let’s look at it differently.
What if everything is working beautifully? What if pain is telling you something? Think about it. What is pain’s purpose? It is there to tell you something is wrong. “Hello owner of this body, this pain I am giving you is because you are doing something that is not working with the design of this body. Please pay attention. Please pay attention.”
So a pain arises. It is small and visits regularly. It becomes familiar. You learn how to manage it, or ignore it, with pain killers or compensation and carry on. Eventually the pain gets bigger and unmanageable. It cannot be ignored. So then you decide to do something about it.
If it was your car, and a noise arose or a light started to shine on your dashboard, would you wait until you were broken down at the side of the road before you ask for help? Or would you investigate it?
What if we listened to the pain. Listened to what it says. What is it there for? What does pain actually want you to recognise? That of course is the reason for pain. It’s not there simply to inconvenience you, it is delivering a message. Often the message is "STOP! Please stop and listen to what's happening." You might muddle on through until you can't anymore, or you might stop and rest. Then you have a chance to take care of yourself.
The messages that want you to keep going are coming from your head. The stresses you are working with don't want you to stop or slow down. But that is your head over ruling your body. And it's not wise. The body is suffering because it's not being listened to. So when we have pain it is the body making the head listen. It is the body having its say. And this information is true and valuable.
"Hello pain. What is it you are telling me?"
"Thank you for listening. We have a little problem here. If we move this way it hurts."
So why move that way? Why don’t we stop moving the way that hurts?
To do that we either need to know the right way to move, or the wrong way to move. If we know the right way to move, do that. If you don’t know the right way, you might know the wrong way. The wrong way is giving you the pain information. So from that we can deduct if I just stop the wrong way, something else may be better. Moving in a new way could be better. It doesn't have to be the right way, if we stop what is causing the pain then movement can become easy again. What is the habit of holding that you can stop?
Don't Hold Back. Explore.
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I am Fiona and I am exploring themes of meeting resistances and allowing ways through. The constant weeding, recognising the stuff that's in the way to live easier.