My son and I were having one of those side-by-side conversations in the car the other day. If you are a parent, you know that this arrangement becomes essential in the teen years because adolescents will not speak if you are looking directly at them.
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Luckily, we are past that now and my adult son and I chat together often whether or not we are facing in the same direction.
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Our conversation, as is our usual habit, moved quickly from the theoretical to the fantastical. Somehow, we ended up talking about body swapping.
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“Wouldn’t it be amazing,” I said, “to actually be able to move into someone else’s body for a few days?”
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Before I could go any further into my reverie, he announced:
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 “We would immediately be in pain.”
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“Huh?” was my articulate response.
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“Mom,” he said, “we all have pain that we mask or ignore or deny. If we suddenly inhabited someone else’s body, we would feel their pain right away.”
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I almost had to pull the car over to the side of the road. 
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We would feel their pain right away. 
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As I was catching my breath, I began to feel the ache in my hip, the tightness in my shoulder. I began to feel my body as if I had just climbed into it for the first time.
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This is what we do – if we let ourselves – every time we step onto the yoga mat. 
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So, if you haven’t done it in a while (or ever)…s l o w  d o w n. Pay attention. Notice.  
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Ask yourself, “what have I been ignoring?”
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What have you called “no big deal” when, maybe, it is? What pain have you masked with pills or booze or food or “fun”? What do you deny over and over and over again?
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And this is just physical pain. What about the unseen and, sometimes, unseemly thoughts? What about the unresolved grief of the heart?
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What would it feel like to stop stuffing, masking, ignoring, and denying your pain because nobody wants to hear about it anyway?

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What would it be like to own all parts of yourself, the painful AND the pleasureful? 
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What would it feel like to slow down enough to FEEL? 

What Are You Ignoring?

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