Overwhelmed is nothing more than leaving the current moment in our thinking.
One of the reasons why Craniosacral Therapy is so helpful to clients who are feeling overwhelmed is because the act of gently and trustingly touching a person can wake up the sensations in the body. Working with techniques as well as intention can bring the work to a whole new level of allowing awareness to grow. When a therapist works with the Craniosacral Rhythm, we are listening to what is happening is that specific interaction between therapist and client. We are curious about what IS…. and what the next wave of motion is going to be. By staying present in the moment with ourselves, we hold a template of sorts to bring our clients there with us.
Of course, even while staying present in the moment, the mind can wander in so many directions. There are stories, thoughts, beliefs that are melded with our emotions and our sensations. And often when we feel a sense of being overwhelmed, it is because we have at some level resisting allowing those to arise and to diffuse with the greater whole. First in the body, and then with the whole of life outside of the body.
By listening to the body, we can stay in neutral and support the upwelling of the creative wave. Things that have been suppressed, forgotten, avoided can re-emerge and take flight. People begin to feel alive again, with more vitality and a sense of empowerment. This though, can take courage because it was carefully wrapped up and tucked away for a good reason. And that may be scary, controlled or frozen. Craniosacral Therapy can help the therapist- client relationship to build trust, and a kind exchange of information that can unlock the non-consious. It is done organically and without advice, but rather with holding, care, and connection.
When we can slow down, breathe and learn Presence, it can alter our world. When we focus on what is right in our immediate lives with focus and clarity, it’s easier to love and to be kind. It’s easier to find peace when we are jumping into the future or escaping the past. It the moment, everything we need is available and present.
Whether you try Craniosacral Therapy or not, mindfulness and meditation can do much to alleviate the stresses of overwhelm.
Eckhart Tolle quote: Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life.
A mind at war is one that is fixed in judgment, or guilt or shame.
Life can only get easier when we go with life as it is. And help create the next creation with conscious choices.
My thoughts for the night about being overwhelmed. What say you?
Sharon Hartnett LMT, CST-D, SI, BHSP