First of all, I had to look up this word because you know when you think you know what a word means but there is a bit of fuzziness around it and you definitely would not go on a game show and raise your hand? I just knew that one of those words does the spanking and the other word gets spanked.
Masochist. A person who derives sexual gratification from their own pain or humiliation.
Also, a person who enjoys an activity that appears to be painful or tedious. Bingo.
Whenever I am in a situation that feels shitty (and when I can remember to do this) – stuck, hurt, ashamed, doubting, hopeless – I ask myself the question, what would be the hardest thing to do right now?
I started doing this because it became obvious that I was already doing the easiest thing. That just happened naturally.
When I felt stuck, I just let my negative programming have at it and it would race away and convince me that nothing would ever change and that this was my life forever.
When I was emotional bruised, I would close down physically and emotionally so nothing could get in to hurt me again. I fed my wounds.
When I felt shame, I isolated so no-one would ever know.
When I doubted myself and my work, I just sat in that pile of shit and let those waves of self-diminishing wash over me and get into every cell of my body.
Actually, all of that was really easy to do. It fit with all of my human training thus far and I didn’t even need to think about it. Those responses happened just like breathing.
The thing is, doing what was easy also felt like shit because there was something about my reactions that kept me there. They protected me from everything including being able to move through and out of where I was.
Hence the question, what would be the hardest thing for me to do right now? Perhaps if the easiest thing didn’t do shit, then the hardest thing would be the answer.
When feeling stuck in our bodies or mindsets, the fucking hardest thing to do is to move and let go.
When feeling heartbroken and bruised, the hardest thing to do is to stay in the room and stay open.
When feeling shame, the hardest thing to do is to tell someone else about it.
When feeling self-doubt and self-hatred, the hardest thing to do is loving self-care.
When overwhelmed and panicked, the hardest thing to do is to slow down and take a break.
When hating our bodies, the hardest thing to do is to touch them with love and treat them well.
When rejected, the hardest thing to do is to not take it personally and to stay turned on to our amazingness.
I have found that this technique usually points me in the right direction of GETTING THE FUCK OUT OF HERE. It also always reminds me that I have a choice, even though everything in my body might be clinging on for dear life to the victim.
In the comments below, I want to know what you think. Have you ever tried this? Do you have a question you ask yourself to try to move out of where you are and towards where you want to be?