For all the time I spend attempting to quiet my inner voice and the millions of thoughts in my head during a yoga class, occasionally a little jewel of wisdom will gently shoot directly from my teacher’s mouth to my heart.
Our nervous system will not let our muscles stretch unless they feel safe.
If our muscles don’t stretch, aren’t challenged, they atrophy. They remain short and tight. And what that means is that our nervous system is never telling our muscles that they’re safe–never telling them that they’re stable, capable of supporting our frame and preventing injury.
That sounds so uncomfortable, doesn’t it? There’s no freedom in that! No ease, no playfulness, no victory, no flow. Just fear. Fear of getting hurt.
What applies to our physical bodies also applies to our spiritual bodies. To never grow, to never stretch or challenge ourselves means we remain stagnant. Atrophied. Mediocre at best.
But to do that, to strive to be stronger, deeper, richer, more vibrant, we first have to feel safe.
What does that mean in different areas of your life?
What would it mean to feel safe enough in your relationship to take it to the next level of intimacy, of connection? What would have to happen?
In your life work–to have the courage to share new ideas, to put yourself out there, to launch yourself to the next level–what would have to happen for you to feel safe enough to do that?
What about your creative expression? To feel fully alive, completely honest, to allow joy to infuse your life every day, what changes would you have to make to feel safe in doing that?
Think beyond just the physical obstacles you see in your way: money, obligations, “accepted ways of doing things.” Think about the reasons you may be telling yourself that this isn’t possible. Feel in to that muscle and sense it’s desire to be stretched. Tell it it’s safe–make sure it is so. Then do it–take it a bit deeper, lunge a bit lower…launch, drop, rise, and expand. And as always, don’t forget to breathe~