Can we be like a glow stick? While in the middle of my morning workout, I have noticed an overwhelming urge to get down on the mat and stretch. This feels good and I rarely find it difficult to stay there for quite some time. I like feeling all of my muscles relax and give over to the direction I want them to go. I’ve been wanting to break free of some patterns lately that have been holding me back. It occurred to me one day that our body is a direct representation of the world we see around us. I’m sure I have been told that many times over but this time it just clicked.
I’ve been interested in the idea that stretching my body has the effect of breaking open the cells that store old habits and belief systems. As the muscles stretch they release resistance. And as the resistance releases, we become more open to looking at things in a new way, more able to believe new concepts that once seemed so foreign. For instance, seeing someone else point of view and holding compassion, rather than staying stuck in hostility and blame.
I believe forgiveness can come from a deep stretch. I imagine it as a glow stick. In order to get the glow stick to light up we need to bend it and flex it until all the particles break free and the light can be set free. Maybe a little more metaphorical than some want to give credit to, but I like the analogy.
Light can shine through when we let go of old belief systems that hold us back. Sometime we have to stretch our mind a little to accept new things. Sometimes we have to stretch our body for the same reasons even though it seems like it’s only for our body. Yoga can be helpful for this reason. Reaching new levels of consciousness. After all the yogis must have been onto something, spending thousands of years obtaining higher levels of consciousness.
I try to apply this principal to all of my clients during a photo session. To me they are all bodies of light. My camera is there to record that. In that session I only see them as whole, beautiful and amazing! I love watching the progression throughout the session as they get more and more comfortable with me seeing them that way. Eventually I hope they are able and accept it in a small or very large way. Then I can record that for them, and the images are there for them to see. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. But regardless the information is there whenever they are ready. And in order to be able to consistently do that over and over I have to keep my self constantly stretching and releasing old patterns and behaviors in order to keep a clear mirror to reflect back to them.