If you’re following me on Instagram, you know that I went to New Orleans over Easter weekend. It was phenomenal – Easter might be my favorite time to visit NOLA! – but I hurt myself while there.
It turns out that I likely have piriformis syndrome. This sounds super medical and serious, but it’s not as bad as all that. I promise. The piriformis is a muscle in your butt that, when it gets super rigid and tense, presses on the sciatic nerve and causes a shit ton of nerve pain.
I, quite literally, am a tight ass. Haha! Do I have one? Well, honestly, we’re getting there with all the squats and side lunges I have to do now. I’m not upset about this.
But the injury taught me a few things and I simply have to share.
One: I was Upper Limiting myself.
My business mentor, Deepshikha of Socialique Group recommended a book to me during one of the group calls I was in this May. It’s called The Big Leap, and if you haven’t read it yet, you NEED to! It’s all about sailing into your Zone of Genius and the ways you can sabotage your growth with (among other things) injury or illness. Oh, and how to stop those self-limiting habits.
I realized that I had been carrying all this tension associated with success in my hips and butt. So of course, it manifested in the physical sense.
Two: I need to get moving.
It’s easy as a business owner to neglect self-care. I mean, I’m good at drinking a glass of wine and binge watching “Friends,” but that’s not really self-care. I always had many excuses for not getting up and off my butt to get my body moving. With my physical therapy sessions three times a week, I learned that my body has been craving movement and I was ignoring it. Well, no more. If you’ve been sitting at your desk for hours by the time you read this, get up and get moving, babe!
Three: I neglected my soul.
Here’s the hard lesson of this experience. As I focused on getting my physical body back in shape and getting out of pain, I stopped practicing my morning routine every day. The result is my anxiety levels took off like a rocket and I felt pressured by everyone – even my own family! – to do things and get things done, all while the energy swirled in my head.
So, when I sat down to my morning practice today, the message that came through was pull that energy out of your head and into your heart. It will take you a few minutes, but if you’re feeling stressed, I encourage you to do the same.
Close your eyes and imagine that energy moving from the center of your head down to your heart. If you can imagine it moving down your spine and out of the bottoms of your feet. Ground there in the moment and feel the settling, safe feeling of letting that shit go!
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