Tension – and the Realization that Comes With it

I never realized how much tension I hold in my body until I meditated this morning. I’ve been having issues with my shoulders and neck causing me pain and stiffness – probably because of sitting behind a computer screen most of the day.

I’ve been trying to add a regular meditation routine to my day since I’m no longer working a typical 9-5. This morning, I specifically focused on letting gravity do its work on my muscles, and it was a real eye-opener. It took about five minutes for my muscles to even begin to relax, and that was just the start.

Once gravity started doing its work, and I focused on my breathing, I realized why my body has been holding so much tension. Besides the fact that everything is so chaotic in the world right now, and that affects me spiritually, but there’s a pain in my back that I hadn’t felt before. The muscle tension appears to have been protecting me from the pain, but I need to let it go. I don’t have a physiological reason for this pain other than the computer work, but it made me realize something else.

I need to do more to take care of this body that I’ve been given. Sitting behind a computer screen with no physical activity is not good for the body or the spirit, so that’s what I’m going to do.

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