How are you?
I know I asked you in the last blog post and I ask again:
Really, how are you?
I’ve had an intense time of it the past month with days when my own mental health needed attention and a break from my own pattern of overextending myself on behalf of others. It’s exhausting and doesn’t really enable the other, yet the pattern ran on autopilot. Lesson learned. For now.
This month I’m sharing an excerpt from Pema Chodron’s book, When Things Fall Apart.
I hope it speaks to you and explains how mindfulness works – we work with what comes up but in a kind and gentle way rather than beating ourselves up or running off to our usual entertainment or addictive habits!
Generally speaking, we regard discomfort in any form as bad news. But for practitioners or spiritual warriors, people who have a certain hunger to know what is true, feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we are holding back.
They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.
Most of us do not take these situations as teachings. We automatically hate them. We run like crazy.
We are use to all kinds of escaping – all addictions stem from this moment when we meet our edge and we just can’t stand it.
There are so many ways that have been dreamed up to entertain us away from the moment.
Work with Me – Online Care for Mind & Body
Meanwhile, the online Hatha Yoga classes, mindfulness meditation and one-to-one therapeutic yoga or MBCT sessions continue to cater for your mental health in these uncertain times and I continue to offer the sliding scale to enable anyone to access care for body and mind in the era of Corona virus with sessions starting for as little as £3 per class.
Meanwhile, go gently and always keep it kind,