This weeks what’s on my bookshelf Wednesday ! In college I took an intro forensic psych class and this was part of our textbook list. I remember not being able to put this down and had a newfound appreciation for all of those “gut” feelings so often we ignore. Gavin DeBecker runs through case studies of people who have been victims of crimes/been attacked and retrospectively pinpoint the exact moment your body/system knew something was wrong and they chose to ignore it. This teaches us to trust ourselves and our instincts more. One time this awareness of the purpose of fear led me to locking the basement door in my apartment complex when I went down to get my laundry. Lo and behold someone was in fact following me and tried to force the door open but couldn’t because I had locked it on instinct. I highly recommend this and since it’s an oldie but a goodie I’m sure it’s VERY affordable on Amazon. If you are a victim of a crime or have been attacked this may be a bit triggering to read so be mindful. #giftoffear#gavindebecker#forensicpsychology#fear#survivalmode#fightorflight#instincts#trustyourgutinstinct
Warning Long Post ahead- This is my sour “that just hurt” face. I just left a rough physical therapy session that taught me a valuable lesson. Out of nowhere 3-4 days ago I started having intense pain in my tailbone without knowing why.
Given I’ve been working through some of my own emotional stuff lately I assumed this was a 1st chakra issue strictly energetic because nothing had changed in my routine physically. I spent the last two days trying to realign myself without relief feeling like a failure.
I’ve learned to take a step back and just breathe. This isn’t the first time I made an assumption about pain. Knots in my hip flexor felt like ovarian cysts in the past and there was a lot of worry about what that could be (something I could also blame on my chakras too,technically) but it was a totally new pain that reminded me of the old. This happens with out memories all the time just as our physical body.
This time it was determined that knots again that built over time was pulling at my tailbone causing what felt like nerve pain. It wasn’t energetic and it wasn’t random or sudden, it was slow and built up. It was a sign and a signal that I need to amp up my self care again with my muscles as I enter a new(er) phase of recovery with my physical body. We need not make assumptions about what things are or aren’t we need to consider all avenues because our systems (energetic, physical, emotional/nervous system) are connected but they don’t all operate on the same time table. This is why (for me) physical therapy, counseling, acupuncture and energetic work are all valuable.
One of my immediate thoughts was “I wonder how many people would just take some Tylenol and try to forget about this” when it’s so simple and Tylenol would do nothing to solve the problem. Some intense elbow work into my muscles, that hurt like hell don’t get me wrong, gave me relief today. Am I % nope but I need to give it some time. Use all your systems, be patient, and don’t make assumptions #physicalhealth#emotionalhealth#mentalhealth#energetic#dontmakeassumptions#yourbodyhasmemoriestoo#stayopenminded#staycurious#astoria
Trying something new which I’m calling what’s on my bookshelf Wednesday’s. I’m a big fan of making book recommendations when on a personal growth journey. Each week I’m going to pick a favorite and post it here. Today is a favorite of mine by Charlotte Kasl -If the Buddha Dated (You can tell by how worn out the book is itself). If you are someone who isn’t sure how to look for your needs in a partner, you fall into love super quickly and want to slow things down or just understand yourself in relationships better this is the book for you. Keep in mind this blends relationships and spirituality but I wouldn’t be deterred by it you can take what works and leave the rest if it doesn’t #whatsonmybookshelf#charlottekasl#ifthebuddahdated#selfhelpbooks#personalgrowth#astoria#astoriastherapist
Hey guys this is Nicole (who happens to be my bestie). She is being featured at Chelsea Market for the next two weeks! You should go visit and check her stuff out @nicole.rose.studio - she’s super talented. She has made a name for herself by breaking free from corporate life and developing her own business that is eco-friendly and empowers women. She trains refugees to help create beautiful textiles for the home.You can support this local BK based business by checking her out over the next two weeks! #empoweredwomenempowerwomen#lifeofservice#nicolerosestudio#chelseamarket#refugeestories