Sometimes when I’m doing CranioSacral work, or a client is working with me on trying to gain perspective on the thought processes that are actually causing the stress and tight muscles that motivate them to get on my massage table, I do a guided meditation with them while they are on the table.
I love the feedback that I get from this work.
Today one of my client/friends said as she was leaving after her massage, “That ant hill thing is really helping me at work. Now whenever I start getting stressed at work I just think to myself–y’all are all just a bunch of ants.”
At first I couldn’t remember the context. What had we been talking about? Ants? It sounds strange just on its own. But now I remember the analogy and it’s one of the ones I love that helps me get perspective when I need it and sometimes just as a fun way of looking at things.
The first time I made the analogy was at the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series when all the mamas were standing at the perimeter of the sand volleyball court watching a couple dozen children digging, climbing, running, wrestling, throwing, laughing, and running some more. There was so much activity it was hard to track your own children. So much so that the area resembled a people sized Ant Hill. Watching those kids at that moment was mesmerizing. It was beautiful in its complexity and its speed.
Now, whenever I feel myself becoming my job, or becoming my to do list, or becoming the stress of trying to get somewhere in traffic, I can extract myself, watching all the busy-ness of the Ant Hill around me. I can be amazed by all the activity and the intensity and remove myself from the emotion of it. It’s a strange sensation when I achieve Ant Hill Status because it’s like I’ve stepped outside of myself, and I’m looking in. The job just becomes a job, the to do list becomes just that–a piece of paper with some writing on it, the stress is simply a thing people do–the interesting side effect of a belief system, the busy Ant People around me are just that–motion.
And from the outside of the Ant Hill it’s beautiful. You can be amazed at the complexity of it all, and yet still be stunned by it’s simplicity. You can breathe deeper when you’re looking at the Ant Hill. I highly recommend it.
Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student. She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.