Leaning Towards Pain

My good friend and highly skilled-physiotherapist helped me with my arm today. She encouraged me to keep stretching it, even though it hurts. With a worried look, I meekly agreed.

This reminded me that this is exactly what one of my favourite teachers, Pema Chodron, advises so wisely and simply in her book, “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.” Leaning toward that which hurts us. My arm and amygdala (brain threat centre) scream “No!” but I know that this is the only way to finding lasting relief from this particular pain.

My painful elbow is teaching me in so many ways…

Learning to Stay

I ventured back into yoga today to my favourite Yin Yoga class with Maureen Rae. Every part of my mind, body and spirit soaked up the experience. Afterwards I thought about how yoga trains the body to Stay in the present moment, paying attention to the ease or discomfort in your body, making adjustments as necessary, allowing a trial-and-error approach. I thought how my little dog Barney has learned to Stay and quiet his wiggly little body for a minute or so, developing a wee bit of self-control. It takes practice. I thought about how many of us prefer certainty, a “how-to-in-5 easy steps” approach to things, we hesitate on trying things as we are reluctant to make “mistakes.” I’m setting the intention to stay open to the hidden gifts of the present moment and to the endless possibilities of beginner’s mind.main-qimg-085cbcc8724a01f53b5442f55c95baba-c

Winter: a time for reflection

As the winter settles in around us, we see a chilly transformation happening outside. I am feeling the cold bite of winter inside, as I let go of that which no longer supports my soul’s growth. Letting go of the old, familiar and comfortable is hard. Yet in doing so, there is space for new, warm and nourishing energy to come in. Life lessons are learned. I’m working to hold both experiences at the same time, with gratitude and compassion for myself and others.

A New Name, An Open Heart

My little blind rescued dog Barney has opened my heart wide, wider than I could have ever imagined. I am now living fully, wholeheartedly embracing all of life, including moments of brokenness, suffering and pain. I was inspired to change the name of my practice from “Beyond Wellness Integrative Health” to “Open Heart Healing Arts” to better reflect what I now bring to my company. Namaste.