We are using thought to regulate us instead of awareness.
This is scary for a lot of people. Particularly those in pain or who have been stuck reacting to external stimuli for so long (traffic, your boss, your spouse, your iPhone, blog posts like this one) that they are internally ignorant.
How to Be Less of an Interoceptive Dummy:
So your back hurts. Is thinking about it some more and all the ways it’s “messed up” really going to make it go away? If anything, continuing to think about it in this manner will make you focus on it more.
2) Quit trying so hard.
When you worry about meeting some movement ideal, some expectation (“I gotta hurry up and move right so my pain goes away”) all we get is more stress and more muscle tension.
Give yourself some loose boundaries when it comes to movement – what felt “right” before obviously isn’t working for you, so try something different. But most importantly just move.
3) Establish links.
Isn’t it interesting that when you take a breath in and hold it’s harder to move as smoothly compared to when you breathe out and move? Seriously, try rotating your back when you’ve taken a big breath in vs out. Hmm. Or what happens with your abs when you move your head? Most people have no clue.
But if you can establish a connection between parts of your body, you get out of your own head and stop treating your body like a meat locker.
“The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.”
P.S. Want to know more about pain, what it tells us, and how to reduce it? I will be doing a live 90 minute webinar Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8pm EDT so mark your calendars. More information to come.