Let the Healing Begin!
I was talking to my Yoga friend Shakti the other day and mentioned that pretty much every day I have some kind of really painful physical sensation in some part of my body. I make up stories that they’re from Yoga but honestly even when I wasn’t doing yoga as much as I am it’s always been something — a knee, a wrist, an ankle, the ball of my foot, my shoulder, the other shoulder. So she said, “Pain is a gift. It tells us we need healing.” So I was kinda like, well duh, but I didn’t say well, duh. I said, “I ice, I elevate, I ibuprofen, I take it easy, I rest, how much more healing can I do?”
And she said, “Breathing deeply, a daily practice of deep breathing, will calm your inflammation, will activate your feel-good, feel-safe system, and then these sensations won’t be as disturbing and persistent.”
“Really?” I said, skeptically.
“What have you got to lose?” She said.
Ok. I’m game. Ten deep breaths in, ten deep breaths out. I’m gonna keep going.