The mind can impact the body, the body can impact the mind. What exactly does that mean? I had an experience that helped me understand this in a new personal way …
I was in a bodywork session and had a tight area that just wouldn’t release. The therapist invited me to consider what might be holding the area … the word FEAR flashed in my mind’s eye – embarrassed, I said, “the only thing that comes to me is the word fear”… and all of a sudden I felt my body start to relax a little! That was a surprise!
Only sometimes during a bodywork session will a therapist ask a question, and I was asked what was behind “fear” … I was more open to this since I had just felt my body relax earlier but what came bubbling up next from my subconscious was a weird phrase that ended up being a profound A-HA moment – This is the phrase – “Life if an accident waiting to happen, brace yourself”!
I kept repeating to myself – Life is an accident waiting to happen, brace yourself – what does that mean – Life is an accident waiting …
And then the “A-Ha” – I had been in 6 car accidents before the age of 20 – the first one occurred when I was 2yo and was caused by the hat of my winter coat temporarily blinding my mother as I was crawling around the seat (there were no child seats in the 60’s). I had internalized shame, guilt, and helplessness from these crashes and stored them as a bracing tight muscle response to fear of what might come next in life.
After comprehending this and sending compassion to the little 2yo inside of me, I felt the tension leave the muscles and the area finally felt like it could breathe!
I felt lighter and happier. The mind can impact the body and the body can impact the mind! And the best part… this area has maintained it’s relaxation release over time!