Slowing Down


Two nights ago, I started having intense lumbar and sacral back pain. I could not comfortably sit, stand or lie down. Going from sitting to standing was the worst. My body was an uncomfortable place to be. Yesterday, I worked on clients straight through the discomfort, like I usually do with pain. Today, three of my four clients cancelled. That is a rarity, so I cancelled the last one. It is rare that I cancel clients, but I felt I really needed the rest and recuperation. Historically, with that many cancellations, I would have gone into a scarcity mentality. In this instance though, I sighed and thought, "The gift of time!" The world is always moving so fast, I must learn the medicine of slowing down when the world is moving fast.

Last night, I did a lot of slow deep stretching, and let myself breath into the pain, and felt it start to unwind. Such a range of emotions I experienced with allowing myself to feel and breath into the pain. Today I awoke feeling immensely better, though still sore and tender. I saw my chiropractor and received bodywork from a friend and then went for a walk in the woods, with mindfulness in each step.

Honoring the pace

My usual pace is rather usually quick, and I often find it challenging to slow down. There is so much living to do! But I only have this one body. This one sacred body. When I experience such pain in this body, I remember how fragile we all are. Anything can happen in any moment. So this is the only moment. The only body. Live it fully.

I intentionally chose this song because it brings me joy and makes me want to dance like a crazy dance monkey, so I embraced the medicine of slowing down when the world is moving fast as a conscious practice.

Photo credit to Anna M. Maynard

About Chaya Aronson

Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN is a bodyworker, health and sexuality coach, dancer, lover and mother. Chaya believes that we source our creative, life force expression through our pelvic bowls and if the energy is blocked here, it greatly affects our capacity to be our full authentic selves in the world. Her passion is to support pelvic and abdominal health and healing. The main forms of bodywork she practices are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Bellydance, contact improvisation and yoga have been the central core of her spiritual and physical practice for over 20 years. She weaves the knowledge she’s gained about movement patterns and body structure with her playful and intuitive spirit to support her clients in actively healing their own bodies and spirits.