For quite a few years now I’ve been having some problems with pain in my hips and lower back. I’ve been told by several doctors it’s part of getting older — the diagnosis is arthritis — but accepting the pain and succumbing to it isn’t really my style.
After the doctor prescribed treatments failed to give me much relief, I turned to a better diet and joined a gym. I also hired a trainer in hopes of strengthening. As with a lot of journeys, this hasn’t been a straight road, there’s been some twists and turns and ups and downs. A few months ago one of those twists led to me starting to work with the Pilates instructor.
I wasn’t too far into my first session when it became crystal clear this was going to help me gain strength and flexibility. But there was a piece of the core principle that took me some time to really come to understand and that was the connection between mind, body and energy.
When I was told to access my energy or work my energy, I didn’t quite know how to do that. I wasn’t sure where to dig for that. It wasn’t tangible in the same way “access your abdominal is.
In today’s session began to click. On the reformer, we were working through some ab exercises when my hands and arms began to tremble. I pointed it out and asked why I was feeling the stress there, when they weren’t the muscles I was working.
“That’s your energy!” was the response I got.
I’m still having a hard time pinpointing how to access that, but in a strange way it gave me some perspective on how to write how the fairies in Fairyproof relate to their power.
That is something that is mystical, and hard to identify, but for them anyway, it is real. It is there. And it’s something that affects them because it is a part of them. So in future sessions, I hope to not only be strengthening my core or learning to access my energy, but discovering a new way to write my characters.