Anxiety is wrestling with Un-Creative Tension in the mind.
Relax friends, we have not been here before. When the world we thought we could count on suddenly requires a whole new way of living, our previous expectations need to be reforged.
The recent weeks have been a record scratch, a “stop” when there was supposed to be a “go,” a hibernation when we were due for the popping forth of spring. The paradigm shift has come quickly, and I’m hopeful that resiliency is percolating in each of us.
In stressful times there are three common responses: overwhelm, underwhelm, and being proactive. Our tendency towards one means that we are human! Our body and mind reflect these response patterns. Knots in the muscles and knots in the mind are metaphorically the same. The opportunity here is for each of us is to ask ourselves, “Is this Creative Tension or Un-Creative Tension?”. Is it overwhelm, underwhelm, or “just right” creative?
What might that un-creative tension in the body-mind look like: Inability to let go, shortening in the muscles, contraction, a posture collapsed forward, worry, stuckness, and disease.
This is a time to make a shift toward Creative Tension. Tension can be positive, activating, and strengthening of our wit. I have yet to see a client or any person in my world who is Tension-Free!
Tension is a necessity in the human body – it’s a building force. A body and mind in tensile balance is at peace. Let’s smooth out the knots:
– Lengthen your body with practices such as Yoga.
– Make space for perspective, clean clutter around you and organize.
– Find solitude in nature and develop your relationship to silence.
– Take time to listen and to be heard by others.
– Bless your food, water, family, shelter and breath.
– Balance physical strength with fluid movement or dance.
Being actively involved in self-care can affect powerful change within you and in the new emerging world around you. Restorative practices like rest, laughter, movement in nature, medicinal herbs, devotional ritual, and sharing inspiration – whatever is the highest thought of the moment – will assist each of us in the transformation from un-creating to re-create.