Naming the Feelings in the Body…About Mom
Hello! I had a great realization recently of how my practice of yoga combined with skills from NonViolent Communication help me navigate through some complicated feelings I experience every May.
…It’s not just Mother’s Day this time of May; it’s also my mom’s birthday, and this year she’s turning 82. My mom to me is like the towering, gorgeous Empress tree in my front yard. I named the tree after her, Fosca, and it is in bloom every year at the time of her birthday: big, bright, far-reaching, beautiful, and messy with blossoms.
As I am appreciating the blooms on the tree, this thought crosses my head: “It sucks that my mom is not here to enjoy this with me.”If I just leave the statement as is, I’m pretty much stuck inside of my head. What are my options? Here’s where NVC comes in; I’m going to start by naming the feelings in my body.
First, I notice the contraction in my body, and I pause. I take a breath and I say to myself, “That’s an evaluation.” …READ MORE
There is so much we can do to make it easier to connect with what we’re feeling, respond with clarity and honesty, whether it’s within ourselves or with our dear ones. Come join me on this journey!