“Pain motivates us to withdraw from damaging or potentially damaging situations, protect the damaged body part while it heals, and avoid those situations in the future.” Wikipedia
How often is it that we steel ourselves – physically, mentally, emotionally – to protect against a previous pain? A perception that because last time pain was experienced, it will be the same this time, in this instance. Projecting the past onto the future – one eye in each direction. Hoping to prevent any suffering of self. The tensing, the steeling makes us feel strong – without it, fear of pain, vunerability, surfaces.
We all know that each class is different – different energy, different body. So, to go into class tense, protecing against pain that may not occur will limit the body, indeed limit the healing to be gained from the yoga. Of course, paying attention to the body and what it can do at any given moment is very important. Tune in and back off when the body says to – this is the body-mind connection in action. Be strong by being vunerable, by releasing the tension and relaxing into the posture. Breathe deeply.
In life, we often steel ourselves against future pain, all based on past experience, our past pain. With this approach, we cheat ourselves out of the actual experience. With life, we don’t KNOW that a scenario will produce pain. We predict, we project and then we protect, suiting up in armour against the imagined foe of pain. We fear.
Perhaps instead we should pay attention to the moment; tune into what is going on now, the experience, the feeling. Be strong by being vunerable, releasing the fear and relaxing. Breathe deeply.
Relaxing into the moment.
Relax into life.