Until the past four months, I really did not have a deep personal understanding of how intimately our bodies and spirits are interwoven with one another. Grief brings with it exhaustion, sleeplessness, too much sleep, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches ~ sometimes I feel like my body is 100 years old.
Some conversations over the past 36 hours have cracked open some new possibilities of vision. Three completely different contexts, and yet a unity in what I heard.
But ~ oh ~ the lower back pain is relentless.
Western medicine being of little help in this regard, I decided to google "chakras + lower back pain." The website I surveyed says that the issues connected with the first chakra, located at the base of the spine, are "survival, stability, acceptance, self-preservation, deep-rootedness, perception, grounding, fear and safety."
The image can be found here. I rather like its precise depiction of the pain, although I'm not at all sure that that was the artist's intention.