Let me tell you a story and at the same time ask you the question, How heavy is the sack of potatoes you are carrying?
A teacher once asked her students to each bring to school a sack of potatoes.
One potato for every painful experience they could recall and for every person they could not forgive.
Each student had to choose a potato and then carve on the potato the name of the incident and the date it had happened.
For an entire month the students were required to carry around their personalised sack of potatoes at all times.
Lay beside their bed at night, sat with them at lunch and on the bus and while they were with friends.
The hassle of carrying around this load soon made it profoundly clear the weight they were carrying around emotionally.
The people whose names were carved on the potatoes were not in the least affected by the heavy burden.
Isn’t this a rather heavy weight to carry that has no use for anything?
You can’t even eat the potatoes if you were feeling a bit peckish!!
All these situations and emotions that have no positive value in their life’s, and they were wasting energy carrying them around.
The students began to understand the importance of forgiveness and letting go, not to release the other of the burden but release themselves of the heavy burden.
We all carry emotional baggage to varying degrees–painful childhood memories, grief over the loss of a loved one, the devastation of a marriage or relationship break up, the trauma of physical or sexual violation.
Who hasn’t suffered rejection, betrayal, hardship, failure, shame, longing, guilt, loss of self-esteem, or sorrow to some degree?
What I have come to realise is that it is not pain that hurts us most.
But, the resistance to pain that wears us out.
We fear it, fight it, run from it, ignore it or try to bury it!
It takes a lot more energy to store pain than it does to confront it.
The tension and effort of shutting the doors of our emotional storage vault eventually will take its toll in physical terms
This has a huge impact on why so many people feel tired, lethargic, and in pain all the time!
When you live with pain and low energy long enough, it begins to feel normal and you lose all memory of how to feel great.
But, the good news is, you don’t have to stay this way!
Start to explore the release of emotions stuck in your body. Conduct your self practice mindfully, be an explorer, feel very attentive to what happens when you practice hip opener poses.
Our hips, legs, calves and feet can store much of our trauma, resentment and jealousy both past and present, especially in regards to our family.
We may be even experiencing issues about our self identity.
I know I was.
So now let me ask you again, How heavy is the sack of potatoes you are carrying?
Clear stuck emotions in our Hip Opener workshop, 8th December, 2-5pm.
Join me, would love to support on this.
Helping men and women to be in the DRIVER seat of their life and to awaken their inner POWER.