Yesterday, I took a class.
I took a class with a room full a strangers; a hearty mix of eager souls excited to learn more about methods of communicating. I did that, but, in a sidebar conversation, I ended up learning about alternative ways of healing.
I’ve been aware of words like “chakras” and “energy points” but also had always maintained a rather dismissive and cautious view of it. In my mind’s eye, I thought I knew what I needed to know. I thought I knew but I didn’t.
I didn’t really understand that there are points in our bodies that correspond to our sense of another; points that talk to us when we sense negativity or … our own fear. I’ve written about experiencing just that last summer.
I didn’t know there are parts of the body that will shut down when a situation finds us unable to speak the truth.
I didn’t know but I know now. And I know just enough to know I want to know more.
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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth.
You are here to risk your heart.
You are here to be swallowed up.
And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum