How are you, my friend, as the end of January grows near? In happy hibernation? In a groove? I shall like to imagine you this way.
You can imagine me in Goa, India where I am enrolled for 6 weeks in a clinic that works with musculoskeletal alignment. I am only four days in and realizing this is not going to be an easy journey, but how extraordinary to have the opportunity to correct the body's misalignments. There are people here that have been told they will never walk and now do. There is a young father I spoke to yesterday who was here with his daughter. Daniela spoke to him earlier and said he showed her a photo of himself 2 years earlier with a completely twisted spine, today he has a straight spine and is doing maintenance. How amazing to imagine that there are alternatives to surgery in these extreme cases.
There are daily exercise classes for two hours Monday to Friday to strengthen and loosen the body. They awaken muscles and flexibility that, unless you were a dancer, you probably didn't even know were there. Lordy, Lord, the awakening of those muscles can make you go crosseyed.
Treatments and adjustments take place through the week. The adjustments can be intense. The journey to correcting alignment comes with discomfort and pain. I was informed before I enrolled but imagined any discomfort to be local. However since everything is connected, it makes sense. When these alignments take place they can release all kinds of side effects.
My first treatment affected me very emotionally, not because it hurt but it released something I couldn't explain. Tears trickling down my cheeks but I was fine. I was told that my body was super responsive and they’d check in later. That evening I got physically ill, which thank God didn't last long. Over the next couple of days between a break in sleep patterns and extreme muscle and body pain, I was grateful for Ayurvedic pain killers. It does make sense that these adjustments will release much more than the micro bone movements they do as our spine houses all our organs, tendons and nerves that feed the brain.
So I am grateful for a free weekend and will continue with anticipation and a little dread mixed with feeling privileged to be here. Perhaps in the end I’ll even have better vision. Why not? ;)
Don’t forget that the early bird special for the amazing Italy retreat in May ends at midnight January 31st.
The alignment anticipated for that retreat is purely one of love and gratitude, promise. There I will hold a source of space and grace for you to dissolve into with mindful moments and fine local food. Life is a gift, what more could we want?