I’ve been waking up with small headaches lately and I’m not sure why this is happening. I’ve been doing some house cleaning so maybe that’s the reason (house = body). I wouldn’t talk about prescription drugs, or alcohol or any of the things we sometimes use if it was just my solitary experience. But lots of folks deal with these issues. So, I try to add my observations in hopes that it may help someone.
My goal is to use no-thing that could block an experience of physical calmness. And, of course, at the bottom of that well is the restless legs issue (also something that affects maybe 10 percent of the population). I’ve been doing breathing exercises and am learning something about how the body responds to them.
If you are a restless legs sufferer consider this. . .When these hideous vibes start I find it helpful to lay (lie?) absolutely still on a comfortable surface (that would be the bed). The vibes come in waves and it’s important to break this up. Because the waves get bigger as they hit the shore (you or me)! While absolutely still I take a deep breath, tense my leg muscles (but don’t move) and then let it out. The level of tensing is important. I want to do this just enough to eliminate this particular “wave”. Everything is easier if you start all of this when the RLS first begins its attack.
Then (and this is very important too) it’s important to relax mentally. Relax the mind and the legs. We did, after all, just repeal a wave! There will be more but it’s no good to tense up in anticipation of the next one. You could call this a self-fulfilling prophecy, I guess, if you do. Mind is an integral part of the problem and the solution. Use it wisely, and it will be your friend. Ignore what it is doing and you may suffer the consequences.
In connection with this notion it can be very helpful to imagine a ball or a cloud of healing energy above the body. Make it very real and powerful. Fill it with sparkling light. Then let it feed into you body and clean out what is in there. I am actually able to feel a physical effect in my legs when I do this.
And, finally, here is the part I find most difficult to describe (but I will try so stay with me). We are made up of three things: a physical body, a mind and a spirit (soul). Try now to identify those three things. The first is easy, the second only a bit more difficult and the third can be tricky. When I want to identify my soul I simply close my eyes and focus on it. I try to ignore bodily discomfort and the chatter of the mind. I immediately feel expansive and this feeling increases the longer I persist in doing this. Breathing exercises also help. Prayer and meditation help.
Sometimes, I get up and walk around. Thankfully, nature has given us this “safe-zone” to put RLS at a little distance without much difficulty. Although, it can be difficult to get up and walk around, if you are dog tired or very overweight. This is one reason why I walk every day and have lost 50 + pounds. Another is (although I didn’t realize it at the time) you are better able to deal with physical discomfort if you have been exercising. You are more patient as you try to work these things out. You don’t “give up” and turn to the prescription “solution”.
Presently, after only a few weeks, I have found that I am able to prevent the RLS from turning into “big waves”. When it starts up, I am able to eliminate the little waves in a short time while resting comfortably. The legs still feel tentative for awhile (but this is also the mind “at play”) . I may get up and do some activity while in this state. But then I find that the episode has passed and all is well.
This is a big achievement for me! And I share it with other RLS folks hoping it may help someone. I continue to purify my intake of foods and am now giving up beer and nicotine lozenges (gave up smoking last January). I haven’t been able to give up the actual medication for RLS, called Requip, at this point but we will see. All the other stuff, that I would characterize as “crutches” to deal with the scourge are on their way out the door.
Hopefully I will get my butt out to a yoga exercise meetup group soon. The healing energy inside the human body is enormous, I believe. I can’t help thinking my spirit guides have something more in store regarding this whole process and it may be that the RLS I’ve had for 12 years was simply a learning tool of some sort.
But all I know, for sure, is that it works and I feel this energy around and inside me. I have an exciting goal in mind. One that it is not clear I will ever achieve (deep physical peace inside at all times without the use of any substances). Occasionally, this energy catches on fire and tries to light the trees while I’m walking. This is a joke (sort of). But imagination is also an important part of our lives and it will get help us solve our problems in some very imaginative ways. As well as giving us a needed lift! LOL. Have a great day.
Note: This is a refinement of my initial attempt to find exercises that would help with RLS in September 2011. I had some success there but it was only a “hint” of what is possible in this area. Also, I was still smoking and would sometimes go out for a few drags when things got rough.