Take a breath. Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to inhale air? You don’t have to go anywhere to get it. You easily draw your breath from the air around you. Each inhalation is rich with oxygen. How simple is that!
You’re going to be using that same simplicity when taking a curious look within you. You’re going sleuthing for what hurts. You’ll be using your powerful tool of awareness to look for discomforts that are physical or emotional. Maybe it will be a sensation, or a remembrance, or a sound.
A good way to begin this search is by asking, “How am I right now?” Checking in brings in alertness. We do well with kind attention. Scan your thoughts and your body. You’re not judging. You’re noticing. You listen to a thought. You follow a feeling. You sense a tension.
Your curiosity is amazing. Curiosity was the tool of Sherlock Holmes and Picasso. It allows you to see things in an uncommon way. It reveals the underlying mechanics of everything. In your curiosity, when noticing a tension, there comes a fascination. “Wow, look what I found! No wonder I’ve been feeling out of sorts.”
When you discover a pain from a place of openness, the pain is not overwhelming. It can hurt less than you imagine. That’s because you’re not running away from it. The refusal to accept what’s happening hurts you. Taking a curious look comes from a place of aliveness. Aliveness is flexible, calming, supportive, and energizing. The feeling of life can soothe you.
This kind of natural discovery sets the curative part of you into motion. That’s your body-mind’s innate ability to repair itself. See what it comes up with. It’s the same part of you that heals you when you sleep. It’s the same functioning that repairs your skin when it’s been cut. It’s the system that digests your food. See what it can do with the found pain. It can be fascinating to watch how the life force works!