I’ve spent years working with clients who have physical pain.
Their bodies or their diets hurt.
And as I offer techniques, education and tools that help my clients help themselves, one thing has become increasingly obvious: the link between physical pain and emotional pain. These simply are not two separate things.
And yet, so few teachers and voices (outside the yoga world) are are presenting information to help clients merge the body and the brain.
(And I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot “hear” (most) yoga in a way that makes sense to me. I can do the poses but I’m lost when it comes to really, truly identifying with the emotional approach).
Personally, the process of looking at the body in this (actually very) simple “oh, it’s one thing” way has caused me to do an entire re-orientation of my work, as it’s basically swimming upstream against the entirety of the “fitness” industry or “dietary advice” industry. Because you can’t take emotion out. But how do you keep it in without turning into a social worker?
I’m dedicated to working with Type A clients who shove their emotions into their bodies (takes one to know one). So wandering into this territory has been a 2 year “oh my god, how do I do this? If it’s not yoga, what is it? Who is it?” living experiment with my clients. Sorry guys, love you and thank you.
All that to say, I’m still working on it. And I’m writing a book.
But in the meantime, I’ll be increasingly sharing resources on how you can help make your body — all of it, including your brain — move, speak and behave like one unified object.
I personally learn best from rational, practical and evidence-based experts, such as Dr. Gabor Mate.
So, without further ado, I urge you to read this article and let me know your thoughts.