Erin Lanahan Method

Signature method to get fit from the inside out!

What’s In the Way IS the Way… October 6, 2010

To get to the other side, we must face the challenge at hand.

Well, I don’t know about you, but this weather is really resonating with me right now. After all the heat and dryness last week, this feels like such a treat! The rain feels so cleansing to the air and land, which happens to be a perfect vibrational match to the cleansing I feel inside of me. I had such an amazing weekend! It was my birthday on Saturday, and I spent the weekend at a ranch in Topanga Canyon, doing healing meditations and lots of introspection and reflection work. I feel so grateful for the information available to us within our very own bodies.

Have you ever heard the saying “What’s in the way IS the way?” I love this saying because it is so true. For example, when your kitchen is extremely clean, and a dish or two gets dirty…its pretty easy to wash them right away, and to maintain the clean state of the kitchen. However, when work gets busy, and you are out and about and running around all over the place, it doesn’t seem like it takes long for the dishes to pile up does it? When there is a kitchen full of dirty dishes, most of us will feel a lot of resistance, and try to avoid it for a while. The bigger the mess, the less we want to dig in  and do something about it. But like the saying goes…”What’s in the way IS the way.” The only thing that will get your house clean again, and create a comfortable space for you to live in, is actually doing the dishes!

This is what my weekend was like. Our bodies are like houses. It is important for us to keep them clean. I try to keep mine maintained the best I can, but there are times in my life that get very hectic, or there are transitions I am going through that make it more difficult, and as a result things will get a bit messy in my body and therefore my head. These messes are typically made up of suppressed emotions as well as less than ideal food, eaten on one too many occasions, LOL. I usually can tell things are “piling up” and getting messy, when I start feeling “dark” feelings like confusion, sadness, depression, claustrophobia, anxiety, or hopelessness, or when I begin over- thinking a lot and totally spinning out in my head. This brings me to the gratitude I feel for meditation, reflection, and introspection work. When we go within, we can take a look at what needs to be cleaned, and then, by bringing our awareness to it, and allowing ourselves to fully feel what is there…we GET to wash ourselves clean of it. So many people drink, use drugs, food, sex, or shopping, to numb their feelings out. Just like a smelly, dirty kitchen, the bigger the mess, the scarier it is to face. We are never quite sure what we may find when we stick our hands in there. However, when we use “numbing out” agents to avoid our feelings inside…we get nowhere! The only real way to heal and to feel better, is to walk into the mess and clean it up. It’s never as bad as it seems from the outside looking in. When we heal ourselves from the inside out, it makes a positive shift in our actions, and therefore we begin to make much healthier choices.

I got to clean up a lot of messes inside of me this weekend, and I am feeling extremely good about who I am. I am truly grateful for this life I GET to live, and for the journey we are all on together. Today, take 5-10 minutes to turn inward. Ask your body to show you where there are any messes that need your attention and cleaning. Then stay focused on your breath and allow the silence to love you and nurture you. You may be surprised how much relief you get from this gift to yourself.

Here’s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!

Yours In Spirit,

Erin

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