We’ve made it through yet another week. And the first month of 2019 has drawn to a close (already?!?).
I had an incredibly relaxing weekend celebrating my husband’s 50th birthday last weekend. And he’s been on vacation this week, too. So today’s quote is all about finding a moment to relax.
And this quote really hit me square between my shoulders…literally. Take a moment, become aware of your body, and try to let it all go….
“Relaxing the shoulders is vital for relaxation in general. However, owing to the effects of gravity, relaxation is problematic unless we let the shoulders remain in their natural place. Let the shoulders drop, or settle in harmony with gravity, into their most comfortable position. It isn’t too difficult to do this for a moment, but to sustain this condition unconsciously in our lives is another matter. We raise our shoulders unnaturally when we lean on a desk or hold the telephone between our shoulders and ears, when we are shocked by a loud noise, and who knows how many other times throughout the day. And the unsettling of the shoulders doesn’t have to be large to produce anxiety, stiff necks, and headaches. Just slightly raising them will create tension, and this tension throws the nervous system out of balance.
When do we raise the shoulders in daily life? What are we feeling at that moment and leading up to that moment? Remembering that the body reflects the mind, and that the raising of the shoulders not only creates tension but also is a physical manifestation of psychological tension itself, what are the roots of this tension? Bringing the mind into the moment, let’s observe ourselves in a state free of preconceived ideas or beliefs. Don’t guess at these questions. Observe yourself in relationship to others and the universe”
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation
I hope you are able to better center yourself, breathe, and let things go. I will try, at least for today, to be aware of my tension and shoulders (especially because they DO tend to ride high near my ears) and to just…relax.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Love, Lisa
Blogs I updated this week:
Endometriosis: Finding the Silver Lining – added Zoe’s silver lining.