The Real Skills for Living
Friday, September 29, 2017
It was a strange thing for me – to stop and feel how I was feeling, in my body and my mind. To put everyone and everything else on hold for a while
and dedicate this small amount of time to myself – what a treat. It felt luxurious and cheeky and important, all at once. I might have made a promise
to myself to do this kind of practice more often, I can’t remember. All I know is that it made a big impact.
Nevertheless I gave it a go and tried to ‘not try’ and practice the technique we were taught and just feel … it felt a bit foreign to me to
be honest. The ideas made sense but they went against everything I had been encouraged to do throughout my life. Concentrating and trying needed
to be replaced with awareness and letting go. The harder you try, the less chance you have at feeling. The more you let go and just go through
the motions, the more you get a glimpse of the feeling. Who would’ve thought?
But even if my mind was my enemy that weekend, I enjoyed learning about the impact stress and traumas have not just in how we feel but also in the
electricity and the physical body too – and how these can be helped by re-engaging the correct flow of electricity in the body. It was fascinating.
I laughed thinking of how much work I had a head of me to restore correct flow in my body! But it also empowered me to feel like I had a way to
understand and help myself too.
There were lots of other things we did over the course of the weekend – like the amazing Circulation of the Light Wellness Balance and learning how
to ‘gather qi’ to increase our energy levels – all of which were awesome. However the thing I really took away was a wake up call to myself in
how I was, how I had been and how I wanted to be. This quote by Buddha, “If you want to see why your body is the way it is now, look at how you’ve
been thinking for the past 10 years. If you want to look at how your body will be in 10 years time, look at how you’re thinking now.” was like
a lightning bolt. How much sense it made and yet how crazy we all are in our day to day lives. I made a vow to change and bring more awareness
into my daily practice and to start to live some of the things I had learned.
By Rochelle Taylor