Originally I came to meditation through yoga. After many years of a very physical yoga practice, I found my home practice had become less and less active. Allowing my body to guide me, at home on the mat, I no longer sought physical expression, but experienced a deep desire to sit. Sitting in the unknowing, meditation became me.
It was in this sitting, that I came in contact with a deep unidentified grief. Whilst incredibly painful, it was only in this sitting in the grief, that I began to experience glimpses of the potential for opening beyond the pain. During this time, I continued to regularly attend yoga class and at home listened to my body, allowing myself to sit in mediation or to reflect in my journal. This period was transformative, resulting in me opening to a new path in my life.
Many years on, as I reflect on this experience and other pivotal moments in my life, I note what has sustained me. Consistently it has been a blend of physical expression and reflection. Noting that without one the other loses strength.
Whatever the form, our exercise and reflective practices take, I sincerely believe that it is only in being in contact with our physical being, that we can find the strength to be.
Reflection - what do you do to support your capacity to find both stillness and expansion in your life?
(As a therapist trained in holistic counselling, Sarah Sacks supports her clients to use meditation and reflective practice techniques in their therapy)
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