November 2021 Newsletter

The Big 5 Body Myths

Peter Levine says, “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.”

For more than 30 years my work has been about reclaiming all of who we are to restore our natural balance and innate healing potential.

So we’re no longer forced to live with the painful effects of trauma.

Five colorful childrens letter blocks lined up to spell "MYTHS"

And while your path home to yourself is unique, every path includes the body …

And your capacity to feel the sensations of being alive within your own skin.

That’s why your journey to reclaim yourself is so exciting.

It gives you direct access to your inner navigational system.

So you can find your way home through openness and curiosity rather than fear and anxiety.

Yet many of us have unknowingly bought into myths that have left us divorced from our body sensations and wisdom.

Indeed, many of our religions and spiritual traditions speak of being wary of the body.

Of controlling the body.

Of rising above the body.

Even of shunning the body.

After leading thousands of healing sessions, I’ve seen how this disconnection causes all sorts of mental, emotional, physical, even spiritual problems.

It leaves us feeling vulnerable.

We get anxious even when there’s nothing to fear.

We unconsciously put ourselves in harm’s way.

We lose out on the opportunities for joy.

If this feels true for you, you’re not alone.

We each operate from a variety of body myths — stories that on some level we believe to be true.

Because releasing these stories is critical to reconnecting with your body’s wisdom, over the next few newsletters I’ll introduce you to 5 of the top body myths that have gotten in your way …

Until now.

Because with awareness, you now have the potential to choose anew.

Body Myth 1: “The Body Is Too Painful”

Many students have told me, “When I turn my attention inward, all I feel is pain, and I feel overwhelmed. I don’t know how to deal with my pain, so I don’t want to. I can’t handle anything more.”

First let me be clear about this …

The pain is real. That part is definitely not a myth (although we may have been told it was).

The myth comes in believing that the pain is all that inhabits our insides.

Sarah was a vibrant, talented woman who fell and broke her coccyx in a skiing accident.

For a month she couldn’t even sit without extreme pain. And even after it dissipated, a dull ache would show up whenever she sat for too long.

Despite this, Sarah kept going.

“I just numbed out below the waist in order to keep up with my schedule — my kids, my job, and my relationship with my husband,” she said.

On top of that, her sexual energy became vastly diminished. And her overall energy was much lower.

While she’d always prided herself on being easygoing and flexible, now when her kids or her husband asked her for something, she felt like saying …

“If you ask me for one more thing …”

When Sarah came to see me, a year had passed since the accident. And her natural resilience was gone.

“My immune system is on vacation,” she said, “and I badly need one, too.”

When I asked her how much time she’d taken off after the accident, I was shocked when she said she hadn’t stopped at all.

She told me her life was too full to rest. People depended on her.

Does this sound familiar to you?

While it may seem valid, the truth is the body suffers the consequences when you try to ignore the pain.

When I took Sarah’s sacrum in my hand, it felt dense and compressed.

I asked her to allow her awareness to drop into this area, but it was almost impossible for her.

She felt thin threads of sensation but she couldn’t sustain it.

That’s when her story about how hard and painful the last year had been came pouring out.

When I gently asked her if there was a reason she hadn’t stopped to let the coccyx heal, she began to cry.

See, Sarah had lived her life pleasing others. And she had no idea how to switch gears.

The idea of curtailing her responsibilities so she could heal seemed impossible.

“There’s no time like the present moment to change that habit,” I reminded her.

And I instantly felt a sense of warmth seeping into her lower back and sacrum.

Minutes passed and we both sensed a growing relaxation there.

Once this occurred, I could release her sacrum and coccyx from the compressed, twisted position it was caught in.

Immediately, heat from her pelvis flooded up her spine and throughout her torso.

Her legs relaxed as well. And her chest and face turned a rosy pink color.

Sarah started to giggle.

Before long we were laughing full-out. and the laughter freed up the rest of her system.

As Sarah gave herself permission to look beyond her body’s pain and integrate all of her, she continued to improve.

Now what about you?

What are you avoiding looking at because you may hold the belief that the body’s too painful?

Give yourself permission to be present with your body.

Acknowledge the pain. Then continue to breathe and move deeper with gentle curiosity.

While the body may feel painful now, it’s only through awareness and integration that the pain can finally pass …

Restoring YOU to your innate wisdom — and your deepest healing potential.


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