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Working with Neck Tension
As we move through life we occasionally encounter obstacles that prevent us from doing what we want to do. Energy rises to the eyes, throat and hands in response so we can remove or move around the obstacle. When we experience the feeling of this rising chi our brain often labels it as anger. If a part of us is uncomfortable with the “anger” word we might lock up the ocular and jaw segments to avoid the sensation. Tension in the ocular and jaw segment can result in many difficulties such as; headaches, neck pain, TMJ, excessive heat in the body causing inflammation, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping and so on. Many of us have a part of ourselves that carries the belief that it is not safe and correct to feel anger. We feel what we feel, what counts is how we act. Rising energy is a natural reaction to things that get in our way. Sometimes the amount of anger we are feeling may be out of proportion to the obstacle we are encountering in the moment because the event is triggering an event from our past. When this becomes a problem to experiencing our life as we want we can work to change what we feel. We can explore the parts of ourselves that carry burdening beliefs that are keeping us from experiencing events as they are in the present moment. Working to understand our internal world is the first step to change what we feel in response to what arises around us. This movement not only helps open the segments it also teaches us how to cultivate this rising energy to effectively use it. When we try to hold the energy down we eventually lose our temper and although we may be yelling it is usually not heard. If we connect to the rising energy, breathe and stay present we can whisper and we will be heard. When our chi is in our eyes and voice we can move mountains.
The deeper aspect is that the response of rising energy is about our relationship to an object or situation, not the object or situation. It is a co-creative process and taking time to explore the parts of ourselves that feel angry is a journey worth taking.