"The whole universe appears as a dynamic web of inseparable energy patterns. The universe is....... a dynamic, inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way. If the universe is indeed composed of such a web, there is (logically) no such thing as a part. Thus we are not separated parts of a whole. We are a whole. "
More and more, science is discovering this about the way our bodies work too - not just physically, also emotionally and at a soul level. Massage relaxes and stretches muscles, easing tension and improving their flexibility so we can move in a more fluid way. When our moving is easy, our mind is naturally less tense and we feel more open to responding in our daily lives to whatever comes our way with greater understanding and compassion. So we make better choices which sit more comfortably within our hearts.
I've been mulling over this week what makes the difference between days when I take things personally and react defensively and other times when I can see others' communications as unique expressions of themselves in that moment and not about me. One big difference is that little pause, when I truly listen and think, "why?" I find when there's something niggling at me it's because I haven't really listened and figured out yet what that communication was about.
Another though goes back to the holistic view. When we feel separate - left out, unwanted, not respected, dealing with loss & the other myriad ways we can feel like crap - we really are still part of that whole, amazing aliveness, beauty, love and wonder that is our world and universe. The separation is a temporary feeling & idea - not really our circumstances but just how we're viewing them at that time.
And I don't think that's always a bad thing or something we need to fix. Sometimes we can learn something just allowing that state to wash through for a bit. And by listening to ourselves in that moment, we allow it to wash through maybe a little more swiftly that when we indulge the ick.
Anyway, Massage and Reiki are lovely ways to take that pause and allow things to wash through, to feel whole in ourselves rather than a bunch of separate parts that aren't making any sense.
At least that's how it is for me! ;-)