To create space where you were ever trapped. I love that. Such a powerful idea. And that’s not just the goal of yoga practice, that’s the goal of therapeutic massage - to gently challenge places of tension and stuckness, to communicate to the nervous system “Here is a safe place to heal”, to make way for freedom of movement, action, discovery, awareness, stillness. Whatever we need to do or be, moment by moment. As space is created, the body intuitively knows how to release and recover.
When we allow rather than force, we can trust healing to happen in just the right order and at just the right time. “Trust the timing of your life,” right?
More deeply that’s probably the goal of our lives. To create space where you were ever trapped. Suffering naturally shuts us down in the moment but in the ebb and flow of life, difficulties also have potential to open us up - to make us bigger, better, in all the ways that ultimately count. To make us more human, less robotic, more empathic, less selfish. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, the scars of living and loving can eventually make us real.
Being trapped damages. Being freed heals.
That’s the work. That’s the goal. For everything. However you get there, you get there. And then as you get free, you help free somebody else.
“The function of freedom is to free somebody else.” - Tony Morrison.
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