“Live in your hands
and your mind will learn
to bow like a root”
I was not surprised when I opened Mark Neppo’s Book of Awakening to a random page and these poetic words appeared before me. I was looking for inspiration to write and there it was. Hands. Of course!
“To live in our hands humbles our mind into accepting something other than itself. It is how we heal each other and ourselves. We all come alive through a Braille of the heart,.” (page 146, The Book of Awakening, Mark Neppo). How beautifully written and described. A Braille of the heart. Yes! I love Mark Neppo’s poetry and unique approach to life and living with awareness and connection with our soul’s purpose.
I have often mused about how wonderful my life has become since I have listened to my heart and followed its lead to use my hands. There is something magical in bringing touch and gentle awareness to others through reflexology and all the while being able to tune in to the present moment with delicate detail and poise. I am home when I am with your feet. My soul knows that my hands will find the way.
I have finally surrendered to the meaningful purpose that my hands have longed to provide my whole life. They seem to come alive when I treat your feet and hands. As if they have been on this healing journey before and they yearn to reconnect this present version of me, with the long forgotten past. It is not an accident that I have yet again been brought to awareness of my hands seeking fulfilment by being used to their full potential. I have recently sought out piano lessons. My hands love to feel the keys on the piano, and to play without structure, but create beautiful sounds for my heart and voice to sing. As if once again, they have been here before and seek to reunite their gifts with these present day hands.
I am surrendering to the calling. I am awakening a joy that has not been alive in me since I was a child filled with curiosity and wonder. Using my hands allows me to return to a beginners mind. Each new task I seek to learn and to master, whether it be typing, writing, painting, crafting, sewing, or treating in my clinic. My hands allow me to let go of my ego mind and practise patience, poise, grace and dexterity. These traits often come with frustration, and often a need to rest and stop. However when I return to a task the next day, the muscle memory reigns supreme and my hands rejoice in the progression I have made seemingly miraculously. This always happens when I play the guitar!
I have since learned that I am a kinaesthetic learner, which may come as no surprise to you. I learn by doing. Allowing my mind to be quiet while my hands support my understanding of a problem or new challenge, helps everything just fall into place. In addition to the learning side, I am a sensual being. I love using all my senses to experience life.
There is something tangible that can be gained from being practical and present, that can not be gained from thinking alone. In fact, I often find that when my hands are being purposefully used and I am present, the most wonderful realisations, thoughts and ideas come to mind. My hands therefore really do speak the Braille of my heart. Carl Jung in fact, describes this very sentiment with this quote “ often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain”.
I suppose I wish to share with you the joy I have found in following this inner knowing that I need to work with my hands. I am so very grateful that I listened. I have found more fulfilment, more peace and more purpose through using my hands in a vocational setting than I have ever experienced before. I am at peace and at flow as if my heart speaks through my fingertips.
My aim in my reflexology practice is to nurture you to find your feet in life. I invite you to explore how your hands connect you with your heart. You may not be a practical person, but you may find that picking things up, using touch to explore flowers, grass, paper, the hair of your children, your loved one’s face perhaps, may just bring you into connection with a part of your heart that has lain dormant. Perhaps there is a hobby the you have long forgotten or that calls to you. Why not be curious and give it a go?
When I work with your feet, I listen to the words you use to describe your health, your life and the state of your feet. I then feel your feet with my hands. This is when you soften. I listen then through my fingertips to what your feet have to say, through tightness, resistance and softness. I then apply the layers of reflexology theory but it is really through the wonderful medium of touch that allows me to explore more deeply into your emotional and spiritual landscape. My fingers and thumbs seek out tender places on your feet and hands and question the depth and extent of the congestion. A conversation takes place. The pain reveals something more than just physical discomfort, there is more there and my fingers know it, so my heart asks the question. What is really going on? We arrive at the past or the present depending on the foot, we discuss past hurts or present frustrations that are weighing you down, hence your recurrent shoulder problems and your jaw tightness from holding in thoughts that need to be expressed. It seems like magic. Perhaps it is in that it can’t be proven, yet, we know that it resonates at your soul level. Your soul seeks to be heard and known.
That is the beauty of hands and heart communication. That is why I am so grateful for finding my own feet by communing with the power my hands can yield.
What can your hands help you to find out or challenge today?
Sit a while, be present. Give in and surrender to touch, exploration and wonder. Read the Braille of your heart.
It might just change your life. Hands can do that! :)
Catriona is the heart, mind and soul behind Finding Your Feet. A reflexology practice that supports your soul through your soles. She is a mindful observer of life and all its treasures and loves to nurture you to find your feet in life. Catriona is available for reflexology treatments in her clinic in Geelong on Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays and is a regular blog and reflective writer and creative explorer.
You can make an appointment online here: https://finding-your-feet.cliniko.com/bookings#service
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Here is a link to the show notes: https://wp.me/p7XjJN-1tr