When we practice yoga, when we connect consciously with our breath, we re-conect to our bodies. We come back into the feeling center, which is absolutely necessary for any real substantial change to happen.
It is not that we don’t care about what is happening in the world, like the degradation of our environment for example. We do. We are just scared to feel pain, so it is easier to disconnect and avoid the possibility of what even the thought of pain may do to us.
Feel the pain. You will be okay. You will come out on the other side stronger and with more wisdom to offer. We need your wisdom and what you have to offer.
Pain is not the problem, it is how we react to the thought of pain. I challenge you to just be with your pain. Whatever it is. See if you can allow yourself to be with it, and notice what happes.
We numb ourseves with food, alcohol, sex, shopping, and let’s not forget pharmaceuticals. We are in the midst of an enormous opioid cisis, all because we are running scared from the mere thought of pain.
It is okay. Joanna Macy asks us to allow our hearts to break. She says, “The heart that
breaks open can contain the whole universe.”
When we allow ourselves to feel what needs to be felt, the feeling will pass. As Pema Chodron says, “We are the sky, everything else is just the weather.”
We are so resilient. Allow yourself to be resilient.