An individual's vitality and spirit; what Oriental medicine calls the Shen, can be adversely affected by the emotions. Our responses to change will often have a very personal tone.
Much of the time we don’t give our emotional responses the appropriate time to integrate or even the acknowledgement that they deserve. Sometimes it is hard to understand just what we are feeling or how it is affecting us and those around us.
Stress, anxiety, overwork, lack of sleep and over stimulation tend to dovetail into a perfect storm of toxicity for all of us, but how we each express and manage it will be different.
Have you ever been so stressed or overworked that you have looked in the mirror and wondered who was looking back?
This experience often comes when the entirety of who we are, that unique embodiment of body, mind and spirit (the Shen) is being challenged by the requirements for change that seem beyond our capacity to adapt.
For all those symptoms and conditions that reduce our vitality, and stress our wellbeing, calming the nervous system from the 'fight or flight' mode is part of ensuring that we give ourselves and our body the 'sacred pause' called proper rest. Stillness, awareness and integration within a clinically safe and responsible space, enables restoration of harmonious breathing, appropriate flow, internal strength with flexibility, to surrender to “what is”.