My body is an amazing thing! This incredible vessel that I have been blessed through this incarnation with has Muscle Memory!
My physical body’s muscle memory remembered how to hit a golf ball off the tee, consistently, straight as an arrow and out 250 yards after nursing double rotator cuff injuries over the course of 2 years. 250 yards was about as far as I’d ever gone prior to the injuries: Muscle Memory.
My body also remembered how to endure a long bike ride yesterday, after being “out of the saddle” for almost a year. 17 miles – EASY! I could have gone the whole marathon distance of 26.2 miles, something I’ve done 3 times in the past with no formal training: Muscle Memory.
My mental body also has this fantastic ability to remember.
Several weeks ago I was invited to attend a meditation/spiritual gathering at a friend’s. Within the group was an ex; one that left my life on very ugly terms who has now begun to have a spiritual awakening.
With 3 weeks to kill before the appointed evening, my mental body’s muscle memory had more than enough time to conjure up all the old memories of inadequacy, inferiority and “not-good-enough-ness” to sink the Titanic 10 times over! It also had the added bonus of my current physical state: heavier than I ever was when with him. Oh! This would just be GREAT! He’ll have SO much material to talk about after the evening!
Thank GOD! ALL of our bodies - physical, mental and spiritual -have Muscle Memory!
I’ve learned not to ignore pain, suffering and sadness. However, I’ve also learned that when I read the 23rd Psalm, it says, “walk THROUGH the Valley of the Shadow of Death” – don’t build a condo there!
So, I let myself feel all those old feelings, those old memories…for about 4 hours. I wallowed in my bubble bath and looked at all the reasons he’d have to laugh at me. Not for the full 4 hours, but you get the point!
Next morning I went to the Gym of my Higher Consciousness and remembered who I am NOW. I pumped the spiritual iron and wrote myself the most beautiful “love letter” I could, reminding myself of my beauty and elegance as a divine emanation of the One Beauty that is everywhere present, always. It knows nothing of body type, hair color, or wrinkles. It sees beyond the physical and into the light and lightness of our being. My muscle memory of spiritual practice took over and in no time, I moved beyond the plateau of the previous day, truly knowing that right where I am now, in this moment, is the BEST time of my life! Fully appreciating just how far I've come since that relationship! Remembering that, the care about what he or anyone else might say or think about me just fell away, like beads of sweat after a hard workout.
Three weeks later, on the appointed day, I spent the day surrounding myself with everything that reminded me of love. I listened to beautiful music all day, meditated and prayed to be used for the highest good of all concerned at the gathering later that evening. This muscle memory is stronger than the mental muscle memory and I have been a dedicated gym rat where it is concerned!
What happened after was truly amazing. I had developed new, stronger muscles! Muscles of inadequacy were replaced by muscles of confidence and unconditional love; muscles of realizing my place as a beneficial presence in this gathering of people seeking to wake up.
In one short evening everything I’ve learned at this Gym of Higher Consciousness known as my spiritual practice demonstrated fully. I stepped into my greatness without fear. It wasn’t about anyone but me. I had done the work. I reaped the benefits. As a result, I was open to being used by Spirit, knowing my muscles would do the work effortlessly. You see, this muscle memory never fails, never forgets.
I’d love to tell you more, but my personal trainer is calling! Gotta hit the gym! I have a whole new set of muscles to work today!
Til next time-