Step One: Which way out of the Ditch:
As I wrote earlier in the previous post, the experience of chronic pain or injury is often like finding oneself stuck in a ditch. It’s challenging and often outside help can bring needed support and tools. But if it’s not a life or death situation (Please call 911), I recommend to start with with this first step:
Listening. Listening is the first and most important tool for healing and alignment.
Listening is most effective when resting.
Listening for Healing Practice
- Lie on your back, with you legs supported, if that makes breathing easier.
- Notice where your body feels quiet and where you sense “noise.”
- Breathe and notice your inhale and exhale. Which is longer? Do you find the inhale more compelling to watch or the exhale? This is the beginning of finding your way to balance.
- Notice your attitude toward your body. Can you send love to yourself? In the Hawaiian healing practice of Ho’oponopono, there is a four-part practice of healing I find very effective:
1) Send love to yourself– say “I love you” to your body and self,
2) Take responsibility for the situation of pain that you are feeling “I’m sorry for the pain I have put myself through,”– even if you have been victimized,
3) Ask for forgiveness from yourself and then say “I forgive you,” and
4) Say “Thank you” for the love and forgiveness you have received in the process. You can repeat this four-step process until your mind and body are quiet.* Adjust your body as you need to be more comfortable.
This practice is very calming to the mind and prepares the body to move more gently into a new alignment.
I have found true rest to be essential for healing and to learn how to move through life in better harmony and balance. The quiet from true rest reveals a pathway out of the ditch. Unless we can hear silence, we may still be stuck fumbling in the thicket of the ditch like static obscuring a radio program that is not quite tuned in. I have found having a trained professional or another person who can sit and listen very helpful to quiet the static so I can hear the direction of the pathway out of the ditch. Once we have sensed this quiet, we can ask the question, “What is my next step toward healing?”
Wait. And listen to what the body says.
- (on the island of Patmos, where Apostle John had a revelation)
I hope my words can serve that purpose and sit with you, as others have helped me.
Stayed tuned for more on Sensing Vitality….
©Annie Thoe, www.sensingvitality.com 2012
*More about Ho’oponopono available on the internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoʻoponopono , Vitale, Joe, Hew Len Ph.D., Zero Limits, Wiley (2007)