When the energy centers within the body begin to open in sacred and supportive space, one can become childlike…wide eyed, excited, quick to laugh, and also vulnerable. This is the pure state one is in before experiencing any stress or trauma. After this rebirthing of your true identity, it is time to reparent in a way that supports one’s true purpose to thrive.
Many of us, as very young children, were either not protected, abused, or raised to behave in ways the culture finds appropriate. These lessons about how to be, come from our peers, schools, and family members.
For example, when I was 5 years old, I clearly remember saying out loud, “I hate money and clothes.” It was because, I had been told more than once to put on clothes or that I couldn’t do something because we did not have the money. This is one of the first memories I have of my spirit being shut down…when my light started to dim. Somehow maintaining a semblance of inner power after a very disempowering childhood, I spent much of my adult life getting very little use out of a bathing suit and ensuring there was always enough money to support my true nature to thrive.
When we are not protected or supported, body parts contract around emotions. This is the bodies’ way of protecting itself from harm. Notice when you become activated by someone else’s actions….When you feel hurt… Notice where that shows up in your body and how your body responds. Shoulders rolled forward, protecting the heart chakra, can result from grief or love loss. Intestinal problems, second chakra, can become chronic because of fear or trauma. Shortness of breath is very common in this culture because many are in a chronic state of fear….of loss of job or not being good enough. Sexual abuse often shows up in the first and second chakras as a lack of feeling in the pelvis. These are just a few of the more common symptoms I see among clients that have resulted from feeling unsupported or not protected for being themselves. Those who are already practicing yoga, may be getting glimpses of your true nature and are nurturing it to thrive.
The body naturally wants to protect itself. Our inner spirit is strong and it wants to survive. So how does one protect their soul to thrive as an adult? By “reparenting” oneself in a healthy way that does not cause unhealthy contractions in the body. With Self Love.
Acknowledge your body as your temple…
You are what you eat. How many times have we heard this expression? Perhaps so much so that it is ignored? This expression is so true, that it even goes beyond food and includes the energy that goes into the food preparation. For example, how well the farmers and land are treated, the ethics of the store in which it was purchased, the attitude of the cook and the atmosphere in the restaurant where it is being served.
Eat local and organic foods as much as possible. Start by purchasing organic produce that, when conventionally grown, is known to contain the most pesticide residue, like apples and potatoes. I have been eating organic since I was 19 years old, putting myself through college and as a single mother. It is possible and should be one’s top priority in order to experience overall health and wellbeing. Food is fuel and it’s byproducts, like pesticide residue, just add to the bodies’ work load. Food raised in monoculture settings does not provide the same vitality. Food shipped from afar, loses it’s nutritional value over time. We are also learning of the lack of nutrition in genetically modified foods, which are now heavily present in the average supermarket and restaurant. Feed yourself organic and local foods. You will feel the difference. You are worth it! When we make health a priority, the money to buy organic and local shows itself. One summer, one of my students gave me the extra produce from his garden each week after class. I saved about $20 a week as a result of his seva (selfless service). When it’s needed and you are doing your best, the Universe provides.
Place your body in healthy situations. Share your precious time with people who are on the same path. Those who avoid putting poison in their body, like cigarettes, excessive alcohol, toxic foods or drugs. Those who get adequate sleep, and who are also surrounded by healthy friends and colleagues. Choose to work and socialize in settings where people are communicating in healthy ways. Acknowledge that we are all in different places on this path, but also recognize those who are committed to creating a healthy and supportive lifestyle. They are out there and growing in numbers. It takes some discipline to say “no” to situations that do not serve your true purpose. There may be periods of loneliness or transition until you find the right friends and create a supportive work environment. You will be admired for the clear communication used to create a healthy environment where you can thrive.
Connect with nature everyday. We are a part of the Earth and she keeps us in a natural rhythm. This natural rhythm is essential for maintaining optimal health, and remaining grounded and connected to yourself. Remaining grounded and connected to Self will help you to maintain this state in a consistent way, rather than wavering between who you are and who you are expected to be.
I know there are some readers who don’t consider themselves the nature type. Find a way to do it that is comfortable for you. Fill your home and office with plants and flowers. Let your skin be immersed in ocean or spring fed water. Let your bare feet touch the Earth at the beach or in a garden. In the winter, take walks in the snow. The snow is part of the Earth’s atmosphere and you will make a connection. Live in places where the air is clean. It’s all a choice. Those who choose to live in big polluted cities for the money or other reasons, know what I am talking about. They stay with us in Maine every summer for the fresh air. It’s a trade off and many are finding ways to create the balance of money earning, responsibilities to others, and health in their lives. It is possible.
Although it has become easy, and even a job requirement, to stay up to date with technology, do your best not to let it consume you. Practice maintaining your natural rhythm as technology, and all its layers, call you to speed up. Notice your breath, your posture. Come into a comfortable upright position and breathe easily and naturally while completing your tasks. Take breaks to stretch, move, soak up sun and fresh air. See how much you can decrease your use of technology and maintain your natural rhythm.
These are just a few of the most important, ways to begin creating a safe and supportive container for your True Self to thrive.
author: Prana Regina Barrett www.tantratolove.com