Each new year brings a time of reflection - a time to look back on the past year - the good, the not-so-good - and assess how far you've come in your life, your goals, your work, and your health. When we're honest with ourselves in our assessment we may notice habits or behaviors that no longer serve us. We resolve to lose weight, exercise more, and eat healthier. We reach out for resources and support in order to make those changes. When we sit down to reflect on our future goals, hopes or aspirations for the New Year, we sit quietly. We remember. We take time to pay attention, mull things over and plan.
Awareness is key in developing new habits.
Without awareness of ourselves, our habits and how they shape our lives and goals we just may go on struggling to create change year after year with no success; we need to realize that true, long lasting change comes from a new perspective. Some habits are beneficial while others are simply conditioned into us by circumstances or upbringing, unconsciously becoming "who" we think we are.
Without the element of awareness New Year's resolutions have as much significance as a grocery list. Add to that a commitment to a daily practice of new habits or ways of being or thinking, and you have a profound and successful recipe for self-knowledge, growth and transformation.
Muhammed Ali once said,
The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
And Thomas Hanna said:
If you're not getting smarter as you get older, you're doing something wrong.
No matter your age or limitation, nothing changes or improves without awareness, and practice. Our goal here at Essential Somatics® is to teach to those with chronic muscle pain or limited movement to create long-term pain relief by cultivating awareness of their bodies and movement, and by discovering their innate ability to change how they reflexively respond to the stresses of life. The way in which we move and sense ourselves physically is a reflection of our thoughts, feelings and how we have adapted to the accumulated stresses of our lives. When you have pain you change who you are - your ability to make good decisions, your goals, your dreams and your desires. The good news is that within each one of us is the innate capacity to change, grow and learn a new way of being.
We're here to guide those who want to regain awareness and control of their bodies and their movement goals, with awareness, opportunities for practice, and sincere and patient encouragement.
Please join us for weekly classes, workshops, and private clinical sessions for those of you striving to live a movement-filled, pain-free life.
May this year bring growth, creativity, health and peace to you and everyone you know.