Note to Self: Be your own friend, in all conditions of life.
My lower back really aches today. I want to “fix” it. I try to leave the area of pain. I disrespect and disregard it in the process. Then I think: ” What is the ‘it’ that i’m disrespecting and disregarding?”
Oh, its me.
‘It’ = me.
No wonder the separating causes more pain.
Be your own friend, in all conditions of life.
Separating from your pain, causes more pain.
When you push away from yourself, it hurts.
Be all of who you are.
Consider the wholeness that includes everything.
Be your own friend, in all conditions of life
This is a lifelong practice. Start with awareness of your physical pain. What hurts?
Notice how you try to move away from it. Notice how you disrespect and disregard your sore lower back, or arthritic knees. Do you treat your persistent ache as an enemy?
This magnifies the pain.
Instead, allow your painful areas to exist. Breathe wholeness and inclusivity into the area of pain.. include it. You need to allow the pain its rightful place in the community of your body. It may not be a friend, but it is an ally, serving the greater good that is YOU.
Would you ignore somone in your family who communicates clearly? Would you push them away? NO. You would meet them with compassion and listen to them. So practice meeting yourself with this compassion, one ache at a time.
You may prefer to work on emotional pain than physical pain. The best way to work on emotional pain is to do this practice with your physical pain. Include all subtle sensations you feel in the body. This WILL heal your emotional self. Practice 5 minutes every day for a week to validate this for yourself.