Scouring – cleansing from the inside out!
I attended a Fascial Stretch Therapy training the end of September. Part of the focus of this level was to get deep into the joint capsules and scour it to loosen and break up adhesions – to mobilize places that are stuck or rigid. Little did I know that as an extension of that physical practice, there would be psychological and emotional cleansing to balance out the whole! How did I miss that?
This year, and particularly the last couple of months – my life and my journey has pushed, pulled, challenged, uplifted, flipped upside down and righted itself many times. What a wild ride it has been and continues to be.
I work to continually to ride the waves – to find calm in the storms – and to consciously return to what my intentions are & what my heart feels. I look compassionately (most days) as I go deep to excavate what is limiting me in stepping forward fearlessly and authentically for my soul’s journey.
The scouring of my old ways is both incredibly empowering and it brings me to my knees. Working with old patterns – old beliefs, & moving through all the built up energy, expectations and rigidity that I’ve lived with surrounding who I am and what is expected of me is humbling.
The adhesions have created a lock down in my ability to flow with life – to let go and trust. This is seriously challenging work for me and yet I persist. I know I must in order to be free and live the potential of a more expansive and joyful.
How about you? Have the shifts in energy this year brought up old ways of being and thinking that limit your life experience? Are you recognizing some patterns and common outcomes over and over? Are you ready to scour the inner landscape to find what is holding you back?
Here are some steps to help navigate this terrain that I’ve found helpful:
a) When you feel the rigidity and tightness locking you down, ask yourself what is this? What has triggered you?
b) Where do you feel it in your body? What’s the sensation
c) Can you be with the discomfort/sensations/pain and let it move through you without stopping the emotion or judging it’s validity?
d) Chat with those you trust. Ask for honest feedback. Sit with the revelations to see what stirs.
e) Allow yourself to yell, cry, stomp, move the energy (no harm to yourself or others)
f) Journal, write, draw to continue to process the energy and the excavation
g) Let go of thinking that it is all sunshine & roses or that you’ve done something wrong …. life is messy –get your hands dirty
h) Allow yourself freedom to explore the potential that it can be different – that an alternate possibility can unfold. (“If you always do what you’ve always done, You will get what you’ve always gotten” Jessie Potter)
i) In this whole process – be kind and loving to yourself as you navigate new territory.
To live authentically, honouring who we are and what we need and want – we need to know ourselves and our patterns (physical and emotional). We must be willing to work from the inside out to heal the wounds that prevent us from living full out.
We are in this beautiful expansive journey together – is it time to scour the next layer.
Much love & light