OMG this is just the TIP of the iceberg! 😱
Anxiety is our body’s Morse code, it’s way of telling us that something is not right. That we are not aligned in some aspect of our situation. We should take time, when caught up in our anxiety, to close our eyes and ask what is stressing us. What is our body trying to say about how a certain person, thing, or activity makes us feel? Sometimes soothing our anxiety isn’t about “fixing” it, but simply listening to it.
Meditation is a time where we can stop and listen to the fluctuations of the mind and body. I have been suffering with some pretty intense anxiety since the birth of Calista. I have also been off of my yoga and meditation practice, the two things that have helped immensely in the past with my anxiety and depression.
I have been reading a book off and on called, Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting and I adore this quote,
“But the fact that I practice meditation doesn’t mean that I am always calm or kind or gentle, or always present, for that matter. There are many times when I am not. It doesn’t mean that I always know how to be or what to do, or that I never feel confused or at a loss. But being even a little more mindful helps me to see things I might not have seen and take small but important, sometimes critical, steps I might not otherwise have taken.”
So many people think that since I am all mindful and a yoga teacher that I am always calm, happy, and present. It just isn’t true. It isn’t true for anyone. We are ALL human and have those fluctuations in our emotions. Especially with the fluctuations of my hormones postpartum and dealing with the postpartum depression that brought on. But diving back into my personal development, workouts, and nutrition are helping me to get those fluctuations and emotions back on track.
In that same book there is this other quote that made me think of Calista’s labor and birth. “A fully lived adventure requires a particular kind of commitment and presence, an attention that to me feels exquisitely tenacious, yet also gentle, receptive. Often the journey itself teaches us to pay attention, wakes us up. Sometimes those teachings emerge in painful or terrifying ways that we would never have chosen.”
If you haven’t read my labor and birth story you can check it out here.
If you wonder why I put such an emphasis on yoga, fitness, and nutrition then please understand that #1, there is so much more to yoga than “stretching”, but #2 working out is not just about having a “skinny” body. It elevates your mood by balancing hormones, as does nutrition, and it is great for brain and cardiovascular health. There is so much more, but I will not insult your intelligence.
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