Sitting and watching our 4 week old daughter discover her world is a mesmerizing and spiritual experience… the way she breathe’s and tests out her tiny hands, fingers and toes, experiencing everything for the first time! I wonder what it would it be like if we could really “feel” our bodies again? If we could be aware of the way that we breathe, the way we move, and what it’s like to observe these nuances without judgement .. . Just awareness.
I find myself talking about this kind of awareness often with my patients. Becoming aware of the way that we move, carry ourselves, and breathe throughout the day is a big step toward overcoming repetitive injury and chronic pain. Do you ever find yourself doing the same thing over and over again even though it elicits pain? Maybe bending at the waist to pick up a little one or sitting hunched over the computer for too long without a break? What kinds of movements or lack thereof do you find yourself doing on a daily basis that seem to cause you discomfort?