Sometimes lupus feels like a little Tasmanian devil running through my body. Every where it goes it creates chaos which can take the form of joint pain, muscle aches or general fatigue.
A few months back I was in the process of taking off my sweatshirt, one that has always run small. Well with my limited range of motion coupled with the small size I found myself stuck. As sweat and slight panic set in I said to myself, “the chaos will work itself out”.
Low and behold, as I continued to say this magical little mantra I made my way out of the Houdini like straight jacket.
Now when I find myself in situations that feel chaotic I say to myself, “the chaos will work itself out”. And somehow it does.
As with most brilliant ideas I thought maybe I can apply this saying to other things. Recently I began applying this mantra to my body because as I mentioned above the symptoms of lupus can feel like chaos coursing through my veins.
Once again I found it to work and provide some level of relief to my achy body.
This week’s self-care is to support harmonizing the chaos we may feel in our body and/or mind. In Jin Shin Jyutsu (a healing art the works with the energetic systems of the body), the palms help to harmonize the attitude of chaos.
To do, find a quiet place to sit or lay down, interlace your fingers so that your palms can touch. If it is uncomfortable to interlace your fingers, simply bring your hands together allowing the palms to touch. Close your eyes and begin to feel your breath.
As you feel yourself start to relax and settle in begin saying the mantra, “the chaos will work itself out”. If there is a particular area that is calling out to you in your body, bring your attention and awareness there, visualizing whatever chaos is occurring in that area start to dissipate.
Give yourself at least 5-10 minutes to experience this self-care meditation. You may just surprise yourself and your body.
Cobi Konadu - Lupus Warrior est. 2019