the Twig is Bent
is an exercise that my son and daughter-in-law use in their
holistic health school, Healing Hands. The idea is to assume
different postures and hold them until feelings arise that
are congruent with the postures. Hunch over like a frightened
victim and hold the position. Soon victim-like feelings will
arise. Stand with both feet apart and lift clenched hands
up like a fighter stance, with a belligerent scowl and feelings
of power or anger will surface. Hug yourself and sway gently
in a soothing way. Weep and wail silently and thrash around
until despair arises. Mourn silently until sadness appears.
Shield yourself, scream silently and protest as if being attacked.
The lesson from these postures is how subservient feelings
are. How quickly they can change when you provide a different
situation or idea for the body.
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