1 pointGreat question, wow there are so many examples of this! Many years ago, when I started a new job, I started to develop what I know interpret as stress and anxiety related symptoms in my body. I became very ill and lost a lot of weight (I was already very thin so losing weight was potentially dangerous for me). I was fortunate to find an experienced naturopath who provided compassionate and practical support to help me get on the road to recovery and self-healing, she helped me to gain more awareness of and sensitivity to the effect of different foods on my body, introduced me to cranio-sacral therapy and invited me to consider whether there may be emotional issues that I needed to address. This experience I now regard as an opportunity for me to develop more sensitivity to my body, thoughts, feelings and to experience the power of the inner wisdom of my body. It led onto seeking out professional counselling in the following years help to address underlying emotional issues which helped me to heal personal wounds in myself and with my parents. What appeared first as a challenge now seems to me to have been a catalyst and invitation for me to get more curious about myself, my personal suffering and to develop self compassion and appreciation for the body.
1 pointHi Gillian, thank you! Great to know a bit more about you aswell. The natural environment is also one of my passions, in my previous job, I developed the good habit of taking time out in the middle of the day, to walk in the local park and ground myself by simply sitting on the grass or leaning against a tree. I found that simply allowing myself to connect with nature helped to calm and revitalise me, so simple yet so powerful! Nature based meditation practices sound amazing, I know a few people who are not really interested in formal meditation practice and are real nature lovers, they have often said that for them just being in nature is their meditation, I suspect you will find a lot of people will be interested in this way of connecting, a great way to make meditation more accessible. I look forward to hearing more about your work. Best wishes Tony