I heard, “he gives great massages.” Yes, I’m interested! Please send me his contact info. Shortly after, I booked an appointment with R for this evening. I had planned my day around this-avoided caffeine and wine, went for a run/walk, ate a couple of hours beforehand, and showered an hour before his scheduled arrival time.
I was expecting a regular massage, but apparently this type of massage is more than just relaxing your muscles and working out the knots. R. informed me later in the session that this type of massage is called Lomi lomi. The cells in our bodies can hold onto stress, trauma, and injury long after the incident occurs. Lomi lomi means massage in Hawaiian, but this type of massage is more “intuitive” than your typical massage and focuses on restoring balance and harmony in the body. I remember during the massage R. kept mentioning letting go and freeing ourselves from the past and not struggling so much. If we are following our passions, and it is where we are supposed to be, then things will unfold with ease and we will be energized through our work. I chuckled and said, “True, but sometimes ego gets in the way and we want to prove to ourselves that we can do something.” You could definitely tell R. is passionate about his work.
After he left, I decided to listen to one of the Chopra Center’s free online guided meditations called “Letting Go of Pain.” I figured this would be a good follow up to the massage. I was laying in bed, completely relaxed, listening to the guided meditation, when an image formed of who I needed to forgive and release. I was surprised. Though I had been deeply disappointed in the actions of this person, I didn’t think I was still holding a grudge against him but I forgave him anyways and set him free. I felt a sense of peace after.
I texted R. to share with him what had occurred and he shared a very touching forgiveness story of his own.
I set this intention a few days ago: I take good care of myself and make choices that are in harmony with my body and my well being. Forgiveness and letting go is a choice I make. The past no longer holds me back. I love what the teacher says towards the end of the meditation: “We are capable of making new choices that can improve our situation and move us forward. We have the ability to respond in creative ways for something new to emerge, for healing to unfold.”
May you experience harmony, loving relationships, and the healing that comes from forgiveness and letting go.
Here is the link to the Chopra center guided meditations: