Every now and again I slip back into my old habit of not trusting others i.e. "watching my back". It may sound a little harsh but...
Like all skeptics I learned somewhere along the way that:
1. You can't trust people
2. I need to protect myself
3. It is smart to watch out for danger(scam artists, etc.)
If you are a skeptic you can relate and you may know that these beliefs come from real life experiences where you felt threaten or taken advantage of. The problem with these beliefs is not that they are wrong but that they weight too heavily in the direction of fear, mistrust, and being guarded.
You may want to ask yourself what affect does your thoughts and beliefs have on your relationships, interactions with people, and YOUR POSTURE?
This twisting is the result of not interacting with the world STRAIGHT ON.
Don't believe me? Of course not...if you are a skeptic!
Rotation in your posture is extremely hard on your body and the effects over time range from slow wear and tear to heavier setbacks like chronic injuries, bulging discs, major joint degeneration, and chronic muscular pain.
Take a moment to imagine being in a conversation with someone and pretend you are feeling unsure or skeptical of that person.
Can you feel your body literally rotating away from the situation?
What other feelings/body sensations come up?
Why not try opening your heart and taking a more "balanced" approach with your beliefs about people and the world? For example, rather than believing in trusting NO ONE, why not TRUST PEOPLE in general INCLUDING YOURSELF?
Why not trust in your ability to discern if someone is or is not trust worthy?
These feelings of trust create a non threatening environment for you and your body to face the world straight on without having to protect your heart.
Balance is where health, energy, and peace of mind reside.
SOUNDS NICE HUH?
There is no danger in being fully balanced, releasing your skepticism, and facing the world head-on EVEN IF you have had bad experiences with people in your past.
TRY THE EXERCISE BELOW to improve your posture & open your heart to others:
Stand at a wall with your feet parallel and hip width apart with your heels. hips, upper back, and MAYBE your head against the way( do not force it-just go as far as you comfortably can). Keep you stomach and shoulders relaxed. Hold for 4 minutes while you repeat out loud or in your head " I trust __________ and I am safe facing the word face on with an open heart"!
Questions? Need help with your posture? Leave your feedback/comments below.
Written by Ashley Greninger cmt, nmrt, aet, ceas owner of Lotus Heart, Inc.
Ashley is an Advanced Posture Specialist and recovering skeptic located in Denver CO.
She offers The Egoscue Method(a posture therapy) at her business Lotus Heart, Inc and by Skype for long distance clients. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consult.