Rachel Ishiguro Yoga

Rachel Ishiguro Yoga


I've always been proud of my discipline. It's on my resume: my organizational skills, my work ethic. It's won me straight As, scholarships, degrees, and promotions.⁣

It's also burned me out, more than once.⁣

I'm been sick. I've been exhausted. I've been depressed and anxious. I've been in chronic pain. And I've looked to the next thing for change, only to have it all happen again.⁣

Today, when I reflect on tapas, on the purifying fire of discipline, I think of it a little differently.⁣

Fire needs fuel and it needs oxygen. If you smother it, it won't burn.⁣

For a long time I was misusing my discipline to avoid being with the truth of where I was.⁣

But the discipline of spiritual practice is not just about doing, and it's certainly not about doing more. It's about honing in on what matters. It's about giving yourself the space to breathe, using your energy where it best serves.⁣

Rest is also a discipline.⁣

Letting go is also a discipline.⁣

Mindful awareness is also a discipline.⁣

All the doing comes relatively easy to me (though at a cost). Where the real challenge lies is undoing all those patterns. Getting really quiet. Being still. Feeling what's true. And all in a way that's a little softer, that's not trying to force my way in anywhere, not trying to change anything.⁣

That's my practice. Who's with me?⁣


Image description: a blue square on a turquoise background. White lettering inside the square reads:⁣ “Rest is a discipline."

Sometimes 50 new things converge on the same week in mid-June. And even though they’re mostly exciting and hoped-for things, it’s a lot. 😳

This is when I’m really grateful that my yoga practice is not so much about poses.

I’m so glad that I know how to tune into the messages I feel in my body.

That I understand the signs that I need more support and rest, and how to provide that for myself.

That I have the ability to observe my emotions, thoughts, and beliefs as they unfold - from a place that isn’t absorbed in them.

That I’m familiar with many of the obstacles I put in my own path.

That I’ve built habits of kindness and acceptance.

And I’m so grateful that I know the part of myself that is constant and at peace.

The thing about change is it's never done. Sometimes it gets quiet for a while & then the signals start coming through. It's time to transform again.⁣

I've been feeling that it's time to level up my commitment to myself, to rest & the way I listen to my body - and it reminds me that this is a good time to call on my community.⁣

Because breaking out of a habitual pattern - whether it's how you move your leg bone in your hip socket or how you respond to a stressful situation - is hard.⁣

We tend to beat ourselves up when we don't get it right away, like anyone should be able to do it, but this is really hard stuff. It's normal to fall back into our old ways of doing things.⁣

After all, you do what you do because there's safety in it. At some point, that strategy worked on some level, maybe even helped you to thrive. And because the habitual pattern is understood as safe, changing it feels by definition unsafe, even when the pattern is no longer serving you. That perceived lack of safety can be why you keep going back to the way things were.⁣

If you're not getting the results you want, it may be time to try something new. To change a pattern, look at how you can add more support. Support can be many things: improving how your body parts work together, using props, drawing on your community, creating an organizational tool - anything that shows your nervous system that it's safe to do things a different way.⁣

And most importantly, know that when change is hard, it's not you. Change 𝙞𝙨 hard. And we're not meant to do it alone.⁣

I support my clients to change movement patterns, breathing patterns, and rest patterns - and sometimes they choose to change other patterns too. If you're interested in this kind of support, please send me DM, or click the link in my bio. A free consultation call is the best way to find out if we're a good fit to work together & to grab a spot on my waitlist.⁣


Image description: Two slides with a blue square on a turquoise background. White lettering inside the square reads 1:⁣ "Change is hard for a reason." 2: "We aren't meant to do it alone."

Those of us who get around by walking often relate to the earth through our feet. 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons in each foot, and more nerve endings per surface area than anywhere else in the body provide sensory input, support, structure, and movement potential. Your feet respond to the surfaces beneath them and the forces that move through them as you stand, walk, run, dance, lift heavy things, and do yoga asana. And if your feet are your connection to the ground as you move around, what happens in your feet directly affects (and is affected by) your ankles, knees, hips and beyond.⁣

When I do yoga therapy work, I tend to start with the cornerstones of hips, shoulders, spine, and breath. But if someone comes to me with pain in the low back and below, especially if they walk or run (or want to), it's a good bet that we'll work on the feet at some point. And then it can be really fun just to see what the results are. I've seen the feet affect balance, hip mobility, calf and hamstring tightness, breathing, and more.⁣

If you're curious about ways to work with your feet - and connect that work to what's happening in your hips and legs - I'll be sharing lots about that on social media this month, so make sure to follow this page and check in regularly. I also have a fun online workshop coming up on June 26th called Health From the Ground Up. This therapeutic yoga workshop is all about the hips, feet and legs. You can find out more via the link in my bio (and while you’re there, join my mailing list for an exclusive early-bird discount code coming out next week 😘).⁣


Image description: A greyscale image of a pair of dark-skinned human legs viewed from behind and slightly to the right. The person is standing on their left foot, and their right knee is bent with the toes on the ground and the heel lifted, revealing the sole of the foot.

I used to see my struggles mostly as problems that needed to be overcome - or avoided altogether. My pain meant my body was breaking down. My compensations were failures. Certain poses were never to be done again.⁣

I now see my areas of difficulty in a new light because I know that the things that challenge me are my greatest assets in my journey towards healing. I know that sounds cheesy, but hear me out. I'm not telling you that you have to think positive or love your obstacles. Not at all. I am saying that that which stands in your way is a messenger. That thing you're struggling with is telling you something about how to move forward.⁣

Take a yoga therapy example. When a client comes to me & a certain hip movement is a challenge for them, that movement becomes a touchstone for our work together. Not because the client needs to fix it, but because that particular movement is telling us something important about what's working & what's not. When they do the challenging movement, we can start to understand patterns, like how the shoulders like to brace & support the hips to move. Then as we work together, we can return to check in with the challenging movement from time to time to see what's changed. The perceived obstacle is the thing that tells us when we're providing the client's system with the right support to move & feel better.⁣

On the other hand, we can do the movements that work well as much as we want. That doesn't do any harm, but it doesn't change anything either. The things that challenge us are the very things that reveal to us what change is possible. Ultimately, they show us the way.⁣

It starts with becoming aware & choosing to pay attention to the things you struggle with.⁣ It helps to bring a whole lot of kindness, curiosity & patience.⁣

Want some support with this process? Join me for Therapeutic Yoga for Shoulders & Hips at starting 6/6, or send me a DM for recommendations.⁣

⁣Image description: a blue square on a turquoise background. White lettering inside the square reads:⁣ "That thing you're struggling with? It's not a failure. It's a messenger."⁣

It's hard to believe, but June is almost here - and registration is closing soon for all three of these new programs.⁣

𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀⁣

✨ 𝘈𝘺𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤 𝘠𝘰𝘨𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 - Learn how to use your yoga practice along with the holistic health science of Ayurveda to support your health no matter what's going on. No experience or knowledge of yoga or Ayurveda needed - these classes are suitable for anyone who can get on and off the floor with ease.⁣

✨ 𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘨𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 - Gentle Yoga is all about slowing down and tuning into your body. This practice is highly adaptable, and can be done on the floor or on your furniture. All poses will be done either seated or lying down.⁣

𝗜𝗻-𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗮𝗻 𝗗𝗶𝗲𝗴𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺⁣

✨ 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘠𝘰𝘨𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘏𝘪𝘱𝘴 @𝘱𝘪𝘭𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘺𝘰𝘨𝘢 - If you have pain, tension, or limited mobility in your shoulders or hips, this program is for you! Learn the basic principles of my yoga-based approach to relieving shoulder and hip symptoms in this small-group program. No experience needed - suitable for anyone who can get on and off the floor with ease.⁣


Head up to my Stories for more information about each of these programs, as well as the links to learn more and sign up to join me. DM me with any questions - I'd love to see you or send you my recordings this month.⁣ Or - since Facebook is more link friendly than Instagram - you can find all the details here: http://rachelishiguroyoga.com/group-classes-and-workshops


Image description: Rachel is squatting on a white wall. She’s gazing off into the distance with a slight smile on her face. In the wall above her is a small window with a green frame. Black letters in an arc over her head read: June programs are about to launch! Registration closes soon.⁣

Rachel (she/her) is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) in San Diego. She teaches people with chroni

I'm a C-IAYT certified yoga therapist who supports people with chronic pain or stress to reduce symptoms and thrive. My work focuses on improving movement patterns, building mindful awareness and a loving (re)connection to the body, and nurturing rest. I support my clients to:
- Reduce chronic pain and tension
- Become more responsive and resilient under stress
- Recover from or adapt to illness o

Operating as usual


Join me for this new online program!

🦵🏽Yoga-based approach to happy and healthy hips, legs, and feet
🦵🏽Learn more about your body and how it moves
🦵🏽Learn to adapt poses for your unique body
🦵🏽Understand how body parts and symptoms are connected
🦵🏽Get a personalized practice program, individual feedback, and email support from a C-IAYT yoga therapist
🦵🏽Receive materials you can take with you and keep forever
🦵🏽Tiny group classes with lots of personal attention, online for access from the comfort of your home, and sliding scale pricing.

I’m offering fewer of these programs in 2023 so if you’ve been wanting to take a group program with me, this is your chance!

Visit rachelishiguroyoga.com/tysh-online for more details.

Image description: Background image shows feet and hands on a teal yoga mat. In the foreground is a translucent turquoise square with white text that says “Rachel Ishiguro Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga for Your Feet, Legs, and Hips. January 28th- February 15th, Wednesdays 6-7pm PT, Online”


Are you moving your ankles, or are you moving your toes?

Often when people draw the top of their foot towards their shin (this is called dorsiflexion), they also draw their toes back - and in many cases, they are also driving or generating the movement from the toes first. This isn't necessarily a problem - but if you're dealing with lower leg symptoms or just want to be able to do more with your feet, it can be helpful to work on differentiating different body parts and isolating movements in one joint at a time. This can help you strengthen particular muscle groups and gives you more movement options, which is a good thing.

The image on the left shows a relaxed foot. On the top right, I'm engaging through the top of the whole foot and shin as I dorsiflex my ankle and my toes. The bottom right shows the ankle movement with the toes (relatively) quiet - this has taken some work to get here!

It can be informative to notice what your toes are doing in different positions and movements. On the yoga mat, do you grip or lift the toes in standing and balance poses, or other types of postures? And what other options are available?

This can be a really interesting area for exploration. As you work on quieting your toes, what else do you notice about your body, mind, and breath? I'd love to hear any discoveries in the comments!

If you'd like to explore more lower body connections through yoga poses, and learn a therapeutic yoga approach to reducing lower body symptoms, I hope you'll join me for my upcoming online program Therapeutic Yoga for Your Feet, Legs, and Hips starting January 18th. Visit rachelishiguroyoga.com/tysh-online for more information.

Image description: Three images of a foot on a yoga mat. On the left, the foot and ankle are relaxed. On the top right, the toes and ankle are dorsiflexed and the whole top of the foot and shin are engaged. On the bottom right, just the ankle is dorsiflexed.


Resonant, at the moment. Support yourself first. 💜

Wellbeing isn’t a business “nice-to-have,” it’s critical to success. When we feel scared or stressed or isolated, we’re not nearly as productive as when we feel supported. Think back on the times you were willing and able to go above and beyond and give your best! Chances are you were in a healthy place. ❤️

Photos from Rachel Ishiguro Yoga's post 01/02/2023

Happy New Year.

It's 2023, and with my illness at the end of the year, plus holidays and travel, I'm sliding into the new year feeling somewhat disoriented. That's OK, because it's just another day - and any moment is a good moment to be present and check in with how things are.

I don't always do resolutions or pick a word for the year, although I do like to reflect and plan as the year turns. This year, however, I'm starting out feeling really clear about my intention to explore Tapas this year. I'm talking, of course, about the yoga and not the food.

Tapas is one of the niyamas, or observances, in Patanjali's 8-limbed path of yoga. From the root meaning "to burn", Tapas evokes the fire of discipline. I have a complicated relationship with Tapas - like all fire, I tend to either have a conflagration, or ashes. Steadily burning discipline that is sustainable over time is hard for me.

I recently came across this quote describing discipline as "self-love in motion" and it really resonated. I have at times been extremely disciplined - and I saw discipline as a way to exert control over my life. I've come to realize I have no idea what self-discipline would look like coming from a place of love.

So this year is all about discipline from a place of love, and I'm excited to see where that takes me, the power the fire has when it neither burns everything nor burns out for lack of tending.

Do you have a word or an intention for 2023? I'd love to hear it if you do.

Image description: 2 slides with a blue square on a turquoise background. White lettering inside the square reads:⁣
1. My word for 2023: Tapas
2. "Discipline is just self-love in motion." - J. Mike Fields

Photos from Rachel Ishiguro Yoga's post 12/16/2022

Here's a way to prop yourself up in yoga class or any time you want to rest but don't want to be flat on your back...
✅If, like me, you're dealing with a little extra sinus congestion right now
✅If you're pregnant and don't feel comfortable lying flat
✅If it relieves heartburn, headache, back pain, or any other symptoms
✅Or just because you feel safer or more comfy here.

For props, you can use a bolster, two blocks, and a blanket. However, if you don't have these, I have created similar set-ups with various pillows, blankets, and cushions. You'll want stepped-up support at different heights, and support for your head if you find that comfortable. For more luxurious support, find a couple more blankets or pillows to support your arms.

This would be a great set-up to use during my Winter Solstice Workshop or any Yoga Nidra session. (Use the link in my bio to learn more.)

If you try this, let me know how you like it. And ask any questions in the comments below!


Image description: Two images. The first shows Rachel lying on a yoga mat, propped up on a bolster that's supported by two blocks, with a blanket under her head. The second shows a close-up of the prop set-up.

Photos from Rachel Ishiguro Yoga's post 12/12/2022

If you're trying to feel better - whether you're recovering from an illness or injury, working with a chronic condition, or just trying to improve your health and wellbeing - chances are you've added some things to your schedule or to-do list.

Maybe there are some new habits you're trying to develop.

Maybe there are appointments or exercises that need to be done regularly.

Maybe you're tracking symptoms.

It's important to remember that you can't just add things to infinity. Your capacity is limited.

Sometimes, in order to be successful in adding in the new healthy habits, you need to subtract some things to clear space.

And sometimes just the medicine of subtraction alone can be beneficial.

As we approach the New Year, if you've been thinking about what to add - and especially if adding more feels overwhelming - take some time to reflect on what can be taken away. Because balanced wellness requires the medicine of addition and subtraction.

What can you subtract in the service of your own health and wellbeing, so that you can thrive?

I'd love to hear what you come up with in the comments.


Image description: three slides with a blue square on a turquoise background. White lettering inside the square reads:⁣
1. If you've added new things to your life in an effort to feel better...
2. Are you remembering to also subtract some things?
3. Balanced wellness requires the medicine of addition and subtraction.


The Winter Solstice - the longest night of the year - invites us to get quiet, turn inward, and rest. We've developed a culture in which this season can be filled with so much pressure, hustle and bustle, so it's extra important to take cues from the natural world and nurture ourselves with rest around this time.

That's why I'm offering Into the Dark: Quiet Practices for the Winter Solstice. You can either attend the live online class at 6pm Pacific Time on the Solstice (December 21st), or watch the recording any time (and as many times as you want) before the end of the year. We'll be doing a small amount of gentle movement - mostly restorative yoga poses, breath work, and Yoga Nidra (Sleep Meditation). This is a beginner-friendly, highly adaptable practice and everyone is welcome and supported to do the practice in a way that works for you. We'll use some blankets, pillows and cushions - no speciality yoga props required, not even a mat, and you're welcome to use a bed, couch, or chair rather than the floor. Lots of options will be given, and everything will be fully guided, including the meditation portion of the practice.

This special class is $20 to register, or enter code PAYWHATYOUCAN at checkout to waive the fee and donate literally any amount you can afford via PayPal at paypal.me/rachelishiguroyoga. To register for the class, visit rachelishiguroyoga.as.me/WinterSolstice.

I hope you'll celebrate Solstice with me. These are some of my favorite practices to share, and I love being able to bring some warmth and light of community into each other's lives at this time of year.

Image description: A snowy landscape in the dark. A small cabin is visible with a warm light shining from its single window. Around it, trees and grasses are covered in snow, and snow can be seen falling from the night sky. Yellow lettering on the image announces the class name and time.


Solutions that work are rarely one-size-fits-all, and they rarely work the same way forever.⁣

The best solutions are flexible & responsive to changes in circumstances, built on awareness, curiosity, and a willingness to be imperfect.⁣

An example: One of the changes that I made mid-way through my yoga therapy certification was to stop working in the evenings. I was doing it because it's a good time of day for me to focus & get things done, but mostly because when you're with a small child all day, it’s hard to do a lot of things.⁣

Ultimately, I noticed that this wasn't serving me all that well. I often worked well into my usual sleep hours & had trouble slowing my brain down afterwards. I had a tendency to consume food mindlessly while working. And I wasn't dedicating any time to activities that nourished me.⁣

So I built new evening habits. I also check in regularly with what I need because not working in the evening is a lifestyle choice, not a rule. Sometimes the thing that supports my wellbeing is actually to work in the evening from time to time.⁣

This is my small-business command center 2 days before Thanksgiving:⁣
✅ Pajamas and slippers⁣
✅ Kitchen counter⁣
✅ Past my bedtime & everyone else in the house is asleep⁣
✅ Extra dark chocolate chips straight out of the bag⁣
✅ Two bullet journals, two pens, a highlighter & a ruler⁣
✅ Two windows, a gazillion open tabs & a dirty screen⁣
✅ Overdue emails⁣
✅ A neglected social media account⁣
✅ Balancing act between knowing I have the resources to push myself a little, and honoring my need for rest⁣

It's ok if you work in the evenings. It's ok if you don't. And it's ok if you do it sometimes.⁣

For me, the question is: does it work for you? And how do you know?⁣

And yes, I consider this to be part of what our bodies are telling us when we do the inquiry of yoga. It's not all about movement, or stretching, or strength building. So often it's also about the things we do with our time, and how we feel as a result.⁣


Image description: Rachel's kitchen counter in dim lighting. On the counter are an open laptop & work items.

Photos from Rachel Ishiguro Yoga's post 11/28/2022

Apparently it's almost December. 😳 It can be a fun time of year. It can also be an absolute nightmare. I need to pay extra attention to the messages from my body so I don’t end up in pain.⁣

For a long time, I underestimated how much running at maximum capacity all the time was affecting how I felt. I tried all the movement-based approaches, but it wasn't until I started to embrace the art of resting, asking for help, and respecting my capacity that those last persistent areas of chronic pain started to fade away. My personal experience is that constantly running at or over capacity - using every shred of time to be productive, overloading myself with tasks & responsibility, and taking insufficient time to eat, sleep, connect, & play - all this had a way bigger impact than I realized on my pain, my mental health, and my energy levels.⁣

Ultimately, feeling better can require more than just moving better. I think of capacity like a circle - “at capacity” means you have enough stress & strain that your circle is fully shaded in. To get more unshaded space, you can either shrink the amount of shading (reduce the load on your system), or increase the size of the circle (grow your capacity), or both. Notice if you have a bias towards growing the circle (I do) & know that some amount of load reduction is probably needed.⁣

If this feels impossible, you're not alone. You may need to put support in place & introduce a rest practice. I know that this is easier with a certain amount of privilege, and it also goes against everything our culture demands. Resting, finding support in the collective, & reducing your load is a radical act.⁣

If I can help, please reach out. It's not easy to do things differently, but it's definitely less hard with support.⁣

Happy holidays, y'all. Sending out lots of love.⁣

Image description: 3 slides with a blue square on a turquoise background. White lettering inside the square reads:⁣
1. Constantly running at or over capacity can be a contributing factor to pain.⁣
2. Solutions include reducing load and increasing capacity.⁣
3. Getting enough support in place and resting adequately are important pieces to the puzzle.


If you’re shopping small this weekend, I’m offering my lowest rates of the year on Yoga Nidra and Yoga Therapy sessions. These offers are available through Monday 11/28 only.⁣

𝟮𝟱% 𝗼𝗳𝗳 𝗬𝗼𝗴𝗮 𝗡𝗶𝗱𝗿𝗮/ 𝗦𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻⁣

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This fully guided meditation helps you reconnect to your body, soothe your nervous system, and see through the clutter in your mind. It’s deeply relaxing, very accessible (my clients often say it’s the easiest meditation they’ve ever done), and reconnects us with our deepest wisdom in powerful ways.⁣

No experience, special abilities, or equipment needed. Sessions can be done online, in person, or a combination. If you’d like to purchase as a gift for someone else, please contact me directly.⁣

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𝗧𝘂𝗻𝗲-𝗨𝗽 𝗣𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸!⁣

This is the best rate I offer - and the only time you can try yoga therapy without a contract. If you’ve been curious, this is your chance to try it out without a long-term commitment.⁣

Tune-Up Packages give you three private sessions for just $180 (or $210 for 2 people).⁣ Sessions can be done online, in person, or a combination.⁣

This is a great opportunity for current or former clients to extend their contracts, or review, troubleshoot, or address a new issue.⁣

One package per customer. Must be used within 6 months. Please contact me if you’d like to give this as a gift.⁣

Purchase private package: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/catalog.php?owner=20976014&action=addCart&clear=1&id=1022773

Purchase semi-private package for 2 people:

𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘦, 𝘐 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩. 🙏🏽

Image description: Rachel is squatting on a white wall, gazing into the distance with a slight smile. Text summarizes the sale dates & offers.

Photos from Rachel Ishiguro Yoga's post 11/18/2022

If you've been around here a while, you've heard me say things like slow down, do less, rest on purpose, forget about how the pose looks, you don't need to achieve anything.⁣

Working with these concepts, sometimes there can be a big pendulum swing away from the work of doing. It starts to feel like all that push energy, all that drive has been wrong the whole time. Like it's bad or harmful to be that way.⁣

I've been there.⁣

Consider this. Your drive, your push energy, your grit and determination - all those things got you where you are today. They've done so much for you. You're a survivor, maybe even a thriver, because you pushed.⁣


maybe there are times when you can invite in more ease, joy, and vitality by switching up how you use that energy. If your drive to get things done is your superpower, how can you direct it so you use it more efficiently, in a way that's more balanced and more supportive of how you want to feel?⁣

🌀Are there ways to use push energy to soften as well as contract?⁣
🌀To rest as well as work?⁣
🌀To feel as well as solve problems?⁣
🌀To detour as well as get from Point A to Point B?⁣
🌀With love as well as determination?⁣
🌀To nurture the things that matter?⁣

Let me know what you think in the comments.⁣ 👇🏽


Image description: a blue square on a turquoise background. White lettering inside the square reads:⁣
"I’m not saying shut down your push energy. I’m saying let that drive work for you.”



Why do we have a bias towards action?

So many reasons. A lot of them are cultural. Some of them are individual. And some of them are wired in.

Your body-mind system has the primary goal of survival - and that means that sometimes there's a little less nuance in how things work than there would be otherwise.

Your nervous system needs to warn you of existential threats - in other words, its job is to let you know when you might die. And in most cases, at least in the natural world, these situations require action - and they require you to act quickly.

Take a wildfire.

Or coming face to face with a tiger.

Or even getting lost in the wilderness.

In these cases, there are actions that need to be taken, and time is of the essence. Task completion is, in these cases, literally a matter of life or death.

The thing about your nervous system is that you get pretty much the same response when you're rejected by someone. Or you fail to complete a work task on time. Or something doesn't go as planned.

The message in your body is: you might die. Do something. As fast as you can.

This doesn't feel good. And it's also OK - it's a sign that your brain is doing its job. It makes sense, and at the same time, it's possible to see it for what it is.

Not the whole truth.

Sometimes I literally have to tell my brain: I hear you. This matters. This is scary. I've got this - but it doesn't have to be in the next five minutes. Have a seat.

Because feeling better - and living the life I want - is not a wildfire.

Sometimes it doesn't require action, per se. Sometimes nothing needs to be fixed, and sometimes it isn't your responsibility anyway.

Things change. It can all change.

Most of the time, it doesn't have to be right now.

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