Do you every feel like it's just "one thing after another?" Or have you heard yourself say, with some amount of sourness, "it's always something!"
Of course you have. You're human and all kinds of things happen in life.
(I hope you haven't felt like that recently.)
I found out last week that I have a fractured rib. I've been having significant pain on and off for a couple of weeks, and after a trip to the chiropractor (Dr. Al is the best), now I know why stretching and foam rolling have only made things worse.
And all of this from coughing!
In January I had a brutal cold/flu, which obviously came with a violent cough that, amazingly, cracked a rib.
I mean, really. I'm just feeling more myself after the wrist break, getting back into consistent movement and feeling stronger, and....now this.
And it's sooooo easy to go into this story of whine whine, why me, poor me, pouty face. And, believe me, I went there for a minute.
Thank goodness for friends who listen to whining and also trust that "this too shall pass."
And thank goodness for you! A story from one of you came to mind: a student who was just back to class after throwing her back out shared about her recovery with me.
In desperation, she got online to see if she could find advice on how to deal with the level of pain.
She found an article that talked specifically about back pain. In it, she read what turned out to be her healing mantra:
It will get better.
The article acknowledged that when we have back pain, it takes over and we imagine being in pain for the rest of our lives. It's hard to remember what it was like before the pain, or imagine a future time when we are pain free.
We are afraid it will always be this way.
She said that one line -- it will get better -- was like a light in the tunnel. She used it as a mantra to help get through the days, and eventually it did get better.
Pain is like this. Grief is like this. Loneliness is like this. Illness is like this.
The beautiful thing is, we have stories - our own and others' - that help remind and soothe; we have each other to lean on; we can remember that there's a bigger picture.
I share my story in case the reminder is helpful for you; much like that student's story is my teacher now.
My mantra in this moment is:
It won't always be this way.
This is how things are...right now.
All things change and pass.
Tell me -- how's your year going? Do you have a mantra for tough times?
With the coming spring as our inspiration, I hope things are well for you.
PS - All workshops and events are still ON!
The Nuances of Twists
Let's talk twists. Should all parts of the spine rotate the same? How can I loosen the upper back? What about passive vs active movement?
We will play with all kinds of twists -- on the floor, in a chair, from our feet.
You'll leave with a greater understanding of the suppleness of these perspective-changing poses.
More about this workshop.
The Labyrinth of the Heart
A special creative workshop series exploring the labyrinth, literally and symbolically.
Make your own finger labyrinth and use the metaphor of this inward spiral for meditation and reflection.
Read all about it here.
Spring Ayurveda Refresh
A three-part series including a guided food refresh.
A gentle and nourishing reset for all your systems after the hardiness and hibernation of winter.
Refresh includes two in-person workshops and a virtual check in.
Work with me
If you are seeking to shift some patterns this season and would like support, I'd love to work with you.
Recently a client said, "I know I can't do this by myself." Let's do it together.
300 hr Yoga School
New start date!
Begins July 2019. Weekend hours with modified Friday schedule.
Check it out.