“Relaxation” is a word used a lot to describe a yoga class, a vacation, or a healing practice. It’s sold as a state to be obtained, as an “end result.” What exactly is it?!
As a somatic psychotherapist, I’ve seen how we can often look for practices of “relaxation” in order to avoid feeling what we are experiencing inside. We want O-U-T. We want to “feel better.” We want the agitation, grief, and other “tough emotions” to go away.
In my work, I don’t tend to use the word “relaxation.” I talk about being grounded and having a resourced nervous system as necessary and supportive for facilitating healing and living in such a way that we are aligned with who we truly are. I prefer talking about resting in our true nature. Resting in the heart of who we truly are. Remembering who we truly are. Connecting to the Divine Within. And living in alignment in our everyday life.
In our April Mind-Body Connections workshop, I want to introduce participants to a meditation that begins to resource our nervous systems and gently clear out old patterns within us. When practiced over time, this meditation “holds space” for us to rest in who we truly are and connect to the Divine Within. It may gently inspire us to live our everyday lives in a way that is more deeply aligned with who we truly are.
At our gathering, you will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in our Spring “online retreat”: Unlocking Your Vitality and Inner Vibrancy, a three-week online DIY retreat with practices, poetry, and reflections to support you.
This post was written by Lisa McCrohan, MA, LCSW-C, RYT, Wellness Workshop Facilitator, Psychotherapist, and Compassion Coach. You can find Lisa here.