Learn to see SETBACKS as FEEDBACK!

It’s so funny. I’ve written about this kind of major SNAG before. So, as you may know, I’m on a fitness quest. Have been for most of the year.

In the past six months, my back has gone out twice – once in my lower back and once in my rib area. I got back from London and have been rockin’ it at the gym. I even did my first Barry’s Bootcamp this week and it was AMAZING. My body is changing.

And then a couple of days ago, after a simple bicep exercise, I stand up and – BOOM, my lower back goes out – AGAIN. And I fall to the floor in crazy pain. It’s crazy ‘cuz you would think that something like this would happen when I am running really fast on a treadmill at Barry’s, or doing some kind of exercise that target’s my lower back – but it was a BICEP exercise. So strange.

Anyway, I’m so grateful for my trainer, Pam, because she has been nurturing me through these injuries. I would just stop, but she helps me to keep going. My back has a history of going out over the last ten years, probably about once every other year or so. I’m BEYOND grateful that I have such amazing humans who blog with TDL or are my friends, and I’m SERIOUS about this never happening again and so I’m talking to my dear friend, Tommy Rosen, who avoided MAJOR back surgery, as well as some other doctors and such.

In the past I would see moments like this as a reason to stop. As a reason to give up. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to have a fitness goal and have this keep happening. But instead of seeing it as a setback, I simply see it as feedback. My body is asking to be strengthened. This is still a part of my recovery from all the damage I did to my body years ago with the drugs and alcohol, and I know that I will arrive at a point when this back pain is a thing of the past.

Also, last night, Jenna and I went to see The Bourne Legacy (fun movie, btw) and I was in a lot of pain with my lower back. Normally what I would do is say, “screw it” and go off my diet and eat whatever I want. But not last night. Stayed on track with my diet, too.

Fitness is a lifestyle and my (our) body requires love and attention. It’s been a key shift for me to learn to see setbacks as feedback. Not a reason to stop. Not a reason to make myself wrong. And not a reason to think that my goal isn’t achievable. I will tell you that out of all my goals, love, finances, business, etc. – the fitness goal has proven to be a master lesson for me in my life.

It’s like the way that I am learning a lot of the core lessons of my life is through my body. My intention is to feel vibrant and alive, now and for the rest of my years, and my goal to achieve that intention is to make taking care of my body (including my back) part of my lifestyle. I never used to see myself as an athlete, but I have that identity now. And soon my body will catch up with how I now see myself.

So, where in your life can you see setbacks as simply feedback? Leave a comment on the BLOG and let’s discuss!

Love,

Mastin

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  • Jennifer

    I can totally relate to this. I am currently working to meet fitness goals, and some days are tougher than other. While I was laid-off for 10 mths. I GAINED 40 lbs. I just started getting my diet on track and working out exactly one month ago yesterday. Some days are harder than others. There are obstacles that get in the way, and somedays its hard to say “no”. I can honestly say that so far I have been 100% faithful. Of all the goals I have had fitness has been the hardest. This month I have lost 16 lbs. I still have a long ways to go, but I know I can and WILL do it!

    • I can totally relate jennifer, that is really stressful. i know in my life the time that it’s most important to stick to my plan is when I’m stressed, especially with eating!

    • and congrats on the weightloss! keep going!!

  • Jennifer

    I can totally relate to this. I am currently working to meet fitness goals, and some days are tougher than other. While I was laid-off for 10 mths. I GAINED 40 lbs. I just started getting my diet on track and working out exactly one month ago yesterday. Some days are harder than others. There are obstacles that get in the way, and somedays its hard to say “no”. I can honestly say that so far I have been 100% faithful. Of all the goals I have had fitness has been the hardest. This month I have lost 16 lbs. I still have a long ways to go, but I know I can and WILL do it!

    • I can totally relate jennifer, that is really stressful. i know in my life the time that it’s most important to stick to my plan is when I’m stressed, especially with eating!

    • and congrats on the weightloss! keep going!!

  • Joanna

    Hey mastin, I don’t know if you’ve looked into this, but as body focused
    therapist back injuries are something that comes up a lot with my clients.
    The approach I come from is that every illness, pain, injury is a result of emotional dis-ease
    I have successfully worked with many people on this and published professional articles on the amazing changes
    That can happen. I focus this way because I too suffered my whole life with extreme physical pain including lower back
    Until I decided to learn how to free myself. Check out Debbie shapiros mind body books – for exsmple.. Lower back pain represents resistence to growing up/ maturing, standing on our own two feet and depending if it’s left or right sided means whether the resistance is masculine or feminine, past or future ..
    A different perspective for you and I hope that helps you to set yourself free from pain ..;)

    • thank you Joanna – I’ll check it out! :o)

    • Stephanie St.Claire

      Joanna, can you share the distinctions between left or right side, masculine/feminine, and past/future? I have been dealing with a few quirky body pains on my right side. I used to get them on my left. In general I never get sick, so when I do, I pay attention. Any direction you could give would be much appreciated!! xo, Steph

      • Joanna Warwick

        Hi Steph, the left side is the feminine inner world; the creative,
        artistic, receptive and intuitive world . It represents our relationship
        With the feminine nature in ourselves and in others. The right side is the masculine nature;
        The intellectual, assertive, aggressive, logical, rational and authoritive and in the same way represents our relationship with the masculine within and in our relationships.
        The back side of us is often where we hide stuff… Do check out Debbie Shapiro, louise hay or babette Rothschild

  • Joanna

    Hey mastin, I don’t know if you’ve looked into this, but as body focused
    therapist back injuries are something that comes up a lot with my clients.
    The approach I come from is that every illness, pain, injury is a result of emotional dis-ease
    I have successfully worked with many people on this and published professional articles on the amazing changes
    That can happen. I focus this way because I too suffered my whole life with extreme physical pain including lower back
    Until I decided to learn how to free myself. Check out Debbie shapiros mind body books – for exsmple.. Lower back pain represents resistence to growing up/ maturing, standing on our own two feet and depending if it’s left or right sided means whether the resistance is masculine or feminine, past or future ..
    A different perspective for you and I hope that helps you to set yourself free from pain ..;)

    • thank you Joanna – I’ll check it out! :o)

    • Stephanie St.Claire

      Joanna, can you share the distinctions between left or right side, masculine/feminine, and past/future? I have been dealing with a few quirky body pains on my right side. I used to get them on my left. In general I never get sick, so when I do, I pay attention. Any direction you could give would be much appreciated!! xo, Steph

      • Joanna Warwick

        Hi Steph, the left side is the feminine inner world; the creative,
        artistic, receptive and intuitive world . It represents our relationship
        With the feminine nature in ourselves and in others. The right side is the masculine nature;
        The intellectual, assertive, aggressive, logical, rational and authoritive and in the same way represents our relationship with the masculine within and in our relationships.
        The back side of us is often where we hide stuff… Do check out Debbie Shapiro, louise hay or babette Rothschild

  • Emma

    This happened to me recently while training for my first triathlon, I tore a muscle in my calf doing something really silly, dancing around the living room with my son. Am gutted that it has meant having to do no training for a few weeks, at a crucial time, but realise that I wasn’t being kind enough to my body, and I probably needed the rest. 

    On another note, I’m also a personal trainer/fitness pilates instructor, and in my experience strengthening your core can help to prevent back injuries. If you haven’t already tried it, I would highly recommend doing some pilates. It’s not just for girls! A lot of athletes are cottoning on to the fact that a better aligned body and stronger core are the way to prevent injury and get more out of yourself in your chosen sport. 

    • totally.. thank you Emma! I’ve been core focused for 6 months! takes some time to build that sucker up!

  • Emma

    This happened to me recently while training for my first triathlon, I tore a muscle in my calf doing something really silly, dancing around the living room with my son. Am gutted that it has meant having to do no training for a few weeks, at a crucial time, but realise that I wasn’t being kind enough to my body, and I probably needed the rest. 

    On another note, I’m also a personal trainer/fitness pilates instructor, and in my experience strengthening your core can help to prevent back injuries. If you haven’t already tried it, I would highly recommend doing some pilates. It’s not just for girls! A lot of athletes are cottoning on to the fact that a better aligned body and stronger core are the way to prevent injury and get more out of yourself in your chosen sport. 

    • totally.. thank you Emma! I’ve been core focused for 6 months! takes some time to build that sucker up!

  • Sariegorm

    I can definitely relate to seeing it your way. I have back problems and at some point thought I was going to have to give up my passion for horseback riding and I did for about six months. I did not want to go the way of taking pills but rather concentrated my efforts into getting more fit. I rised up to the challenge and I got back on that horse. I had an accident and broke my wrist and was in therapy for four months and again had to work around this in order to get back to riding. It is my goal to be able to stay active well into my senior years and the only way is to get the daily work now, the ground work for my body and soul to be able to enjoy this great life so yes, seeing setbacks as feedback has carried me through and helped me stay focused on my long term goals. I just never quite put it into words like that so thanks for that.

  • Sariegorm

    I can definitely relate to seeing it your way. I have back problems and at some point thought I was going to have to give up my passion for horseback riding and I did for about six months. I did not want to go the way of taking pills but rather concentrated my efforts into getting more fit. I rised up to the challenge and I got back on that horse. I had an accident and broke my wrist and was in therapy for four months and again had to work around this in order to get back to riding. It is my goal to be able to stay active well into my senior years and the only way is to get the daily work now, the ground work for my body and soul to be able to enjoy this great life so yes, seeing setbacks as feedback has carried me through and helped me stay focused on my long term goals. I just never quite put it into words like that so thanks for that.

  • PM Instructor

    Mastin, I don’t want to sound like a promoter for business, but honest to God, you have to do Pilates!! It’s not just for women, find a good teacher and do 2 classes per week and your body will be transformed. I have tried the different styles and believe Pilates Method (classical Pilates) to be the best in terms of balancing your body. You know when you find something so good you’re torn between wanting to share and keeping it to yourself? That is how I feel about Pilates Method, it has changed my whole perspective to exercise. Works your postural muscles, and the action is from your lower abdominals particularly – when you go on to do other exercises you will find you recruit your muscles differently. That, and it takes the pressure of your lower back. In my personal opinion it is better than yoga too!!! You can achieve the mind body balance better through Pilates, I mean still practice yoga, Pilates Method is like yoga without the mudras and the sansrit if you will. Sorry to sound like yer mum (!) but clinical myotherapy and Chinese medicine can help support you through your exercise goals and range of movement. All in all this helps balance your body & mind and the more we grow the more we draw on these things for greater health and wellbeing. Good luck xxxxx

    • I’ve never done Pilates, but I’ll check it out. General flexibility has been an issue all my life and I want to change that!

  • PM Instructor

    Mastin, I don’t want to sound like a promoter for business, but honest to God, you have to do Pilates!! It’s not just for women, find a good teacher and do 2 classes per week and your body will be transformed. I have tried the different styles and believe Pilates Method (classical Pilates) to be the best in terms of balancing your body. You know when you find something so good you’re torn between wanting to share and keeping it to yourself? That is how I feel about Pilates Method, it has changed my whole perspective to exercise. Works your postural muscles, and the action is from your lower abdominals particularly – when you go on to do other exercises you will find you recruit your muscles differently. That, and it takes the pressure of your lower back. In my personal opinion it is better than yoga too!!! You can achieve the mind body balance better through Pilates, I mean still practice yoga, Pilates Method is like yoga without the mudras and the sansrit if you will. Sorry to sound like yer mum (!) but clinical myotherapy and Chinese medicine can help support you through your exercise goals and range of movement. All in all this helps balance your body & mind and the more we grow the more we draw on these things for greater health and wellbeing. Good luck xxxxx

    • I’ve never done Pilates, but I’ll check it out. General flexibility has been an issue all my life and I want to change that!

  • Patti

    Louise Hay “You Can Heal Your Life” has an interesting cause and affirmation for lower back.  Also, Paul C.H.E.K. is near you somewhere – thinking Santa Monica…he is EXCELLENT in biomechanics – which may in fact be the cause…and might I add I’m very proud of you for working through your pain and sticking with your fitness regime – your trainer is to be commended for guiding you through this…I’ve been injured many times and I progressed each time into working through the injuries…it’s very liberating to increase endorphins while injured….one example is I hurt my knee after completing my one and only marathon – instead of stopping everything and getting into depression mode I sought an arm pedal bike used for handicapped – I still got the benefits and didn’t lose everything I had worked so hard for…now if I can apply this experience and knowledge to the rest of my life – well, the sky is the limit 🙂
    PS:  Your class this week was wonderful.  I had to work most of the week so I’m behind – and I got through on one of the calls and you were kind enough not to slam me for whining about aging and fear -looking forward to working with you again soon.  Thank you, Mastin – you are a light in a sometimes dark world 🙂 

  • Patti

    Louise Hay “You Can Heal Your Life” has an interesting cause and affirmation for lower back.  Also, Paul C.H.E.K. is near you somewhere – thinking Santa Monica…he is EXCELLENT in biomechanics – which may in fact be the cause…and might I add I’m very proud of you for working through your pain and sticking with your fitness regime – your trainer is to be commended for guiding you through this…I’ve been injured many times and I progressed each time into working through the injuries…it’s very liberating to increase endorphins while injured….one example is I hurt my knee after completing my one and only marathon – instead of stopping everything and getting into depression mode I sought an arm pedal bike used for handicapped – I still got the benefits and didn’t lose everything I had worked so hard for…now if I can apply this experience and knowledge to the rest of my life – well, the sky is the limit 🙂
    PS:  Your class this week was wonderful.  I had to work most of the week so I’m behind – and I got through on one of the calls and you were kind enough not to slam me for whining about aging and fear -looking forward to working with you again soon.  Thank you, Mastin – you are a light in a sometimes dark world 🙂 

  • Hi Mastin,
    Oprah always said on her show, your body will send you little messages. If you don’t listen to them, it will send you a big one. I’ve been struggling for a long time to lose my weight. I even went on Oprah’s Lifeclass with Tony Robbins this past April to talk about my fear of my weight. It’s been holding me back in moving with my future.
    Last month I got a terrible pain in my chest and upper back. Went to the ER. They said it was probably indigestion.
    This Tuesday as I was at church, it hit me again. The doctor said maybe it’s acid reflux. I read about it. Overweight is one of the triggers of AR. My body has been speaking to me and I haven’t been listening.  I’m sad, but determined to do something about it.

    • thanks for sharing – what are you going to do? have you read “The PH Miracle for Weight Loss”? a lot of my clients have found success w/ this as a lifestyle.

  • Hi Mastin,
    Oprah always said on her show, your body will send you little messages. If you don’t listen to them, it will send you a big one. I’ve been struggling for a long time to lose my weight. I even went on Oprah’s Lifeclass with Tony Robbins this past April to talk about my fear of my weight. It’s been holding me back in moving with my future.
    Last month I got a terrible pain in my chest and upper back. Went to the ER. They said it was probably indigestion.
    This Tuesday as I was at church, it hit me again. The doctor said maybe it’s acid reflux. I read about it. Overweight is one of the triggers of AR. My body has been speaking to me and I haven’t been listening.  I’m sad, but determined to do something about it.

    • thanks for sharing – what are you going to do? have you read “The PH Miracle for Weight Loss”? a lot of my clients have found success w/ this as a lifestyle.

  • Thehonestlifeblog

    Yet another great post, Mastin! It’s something that I actually wrote about in my blog today. If we take these setbacks and the mistakes that we make in life and start to see them as chances for improvement rather than setbacks, we truly learn to live a true, and honest life.

    Love,

    Jack

    • awesome Jack, we are on the same page! :o)

  • Thehonestlifeblog

    Yet another great post, Mastin! It’s something that I actually wrote about in my blog today. If we take these setbacks and the mistakes that we make in life and start to see them as chances for improvement rather than setbacks, we truly learn to live a true, and honest life.

    Love,

    Jack

    • awesome Jack, we are on the same page! :o)

  • Amy

    Dear Mastin, 
    I LOVE your blog! 
    You don’t mention it, but I hope you are considering massage, acupuncture and chiropractic as vital parts of your self-care/body care routine…When you give your body a lot of work to do, like an intense fitness routine, it is really important to help and support it,  not just with emotional/psychological processing, but with physical modalities as well!  You wrote that you were “just” doing a bicep exercise when your back “went out” – but we sometimes forget that the biceps are part of a system –for example,  if there is a misalignment with the shoulder girdle, or the hips, or something going on with the spine (and most of us humans have some or all of this going on), doing some kind of arm exercise can add just enough stress to other parts of the body that your compensatory patterns will be challenged and your back will hurt! 
    Please think about finding a great LMT or chiropractor to help you give your body the support it needs!! 
    Namaste, 
    Amy 

  • Amy

    Dear Mastin, 
    I LOVE your blog! 
    You don’t mention it, but I hope you are considering massage, acupuncture and chiropractic as vital parts of your self-care/body care routine…When you give your body a lot of work to do, like an intense fitness routine, it is really important to help and support it,  not just with emotional/psychological processing, but with physical modalities as well!  You wrote that you were “just” doing a bicep exercise when your back “went out” – but we sometimes forget that the biceps are part of a system –for example,  if there is a misalignment with the shoulder girdle, or the hips, or something going on with the spine (and most of us humans have some or all of this going on), doing some kind of arm exercise can add just enough stress to other parts of the body that your compensatory patterns will be challenged and your back will hurt! 
    Please think about finding a great LMT or chiropractor to help you give your body the support it needs!! 
    Namaste, 
    Amy 

  • Amyrose13

    And, yup, just read the comments about pilates below – if you strengthen your core, that often does wonders for your back – but also sensible to look at whether you may have some other misalignment, or vertebral issues going on, since it seems that your back goes out somewhat regularly – a really good chiropractor may do wonders. 

    • totally! core has been my focus for the last 6 months or so. I’m just undoing a LONG time of neglect.

  • Amyrose13

    And, yup, just read the comments about pilates below – if you strengthen your core, that often does wonders for your back – but also sensible to look at whether you may have some other misalignment, or vertebral issues going on, since it seems that your back goes out somewhat regularly – a really good chiropractor may do wonders. 

    • totally! core has been my focus for the last 6 months or so. I’m just undoing a LONG time of neglect.

  • Mastin: The number of people I have met in the last nine years of teaching Pilates who use the phrase, “My back went out.” is, to me, outrageous. Your body should not be responding to exercise in this fashion. My immediate response without even looking at you is that you are out of alignment and your body (like all of ours) has set patterns that you are strengthening and training out of alignment. Please, please find a Pilates teacher who works with chronic back issues. Ask them to explain their style and make a choice that sounds logical to you (I am contemporarily trained and teach stability work with a neutral spine – meaning honoring the natural curves or your spine – strengthening your core to hold it’s alignment.). A great Pilates program will do all of this and teach you functional work as well – including how you sit and stand daily. All of these things are impacting how you use or misuse your body. And even the best trainer can’t make a profound difference if you are using your body incorrectly when you aren’t in the gym. I apologize for jumping into your life and sounding so bossy, but it actually breaks my heart to hear of people in chronic pain like yours. There is no reason to suffer that and I can almost promise that if you find the right teacher and apply yourself to the work in the same fashion you demonstrate in the rest of your life, a year from now, we will be reminding you of the last time you threw your back out because it will be such a part of your past. Please contact me if you like and we can Skype and work together to find the perfect Pilates teacher for your needs (near you). As you have often made me recognize in areas of life via TDL, it’s time for something different. Also, if today you are still in pain, there are some very basic and simple positions you can use to allow gravity to help your spine reset and your muscles to relax from their seized position. The point is, you need the right partner in making this a part of your past. I’m going to trust you’ll find him/her and that we will all get to hear about it in the future. Feel better – Marcia

    • thank you Marcia, I’ve never done pilates. I agree that my skeleton is a little out of alignment. I’ll check it out and see if it’s a fit for me. You rock! :o)

  • Mastin: The number of people I have met in the last nine years of teaching Pilates who use the phrase, “My back went out.” is, to me, outrageous. Your body should not be responding to exercise in this fashion. My immediate response without even looking at you is that you are out of alignment and your body (like all of ours) has set patterns that you are strengthening and training out of alignment. Please, please find a Pilates teacher who works with chronic back issues. Ask them to explain their style and make a choice that sounds logical to you (I am contemporarily trained and teach stability work with a neutral spine – meaning honoring the natural curves or your spine – strengthening your core to hold it’s alignment.). A great Pilates program will do all of this and teach you functional work as well – including how you sit and stand daily. All of these things are impacting how you use or misuse your body. And even the best trainer can’t make a profound difference if you are using your body incorrectly when you aren’t in the gym. I apologize for jumping into your life and sounding so bossy, but it actually breaks my heart to hear of people in chronic pain like yours. There is no reason to suffer that and I can almost promise that if you find the right teacher and apply yourself to the work in the same fashion you demonstrate in the rest of your life, a year from now, we will be reminding you of the last time you threw your back out because it will be such a part of your past. Please contact me if you like and we can Skype and work together to find the perfect Pilates teacher for your needs (near you). As you have often made me recognize in areas of life via TDL, it’s time for something different. Also, if today you are still in pain, there are some very basic and simple positions you can use to allow gravity to help your spine reset and your muscles to relax from their seized position. The point is, you need the right partner in making this a part of your past. I’m going to trust you’ll find him/her and that we will all get to hear about it in the future. Feel better – Marcia

    • thank you Marcia, I’ve never done pilates. I agree that my skeleton is a little out of alignment. I’ll check it out and see if it’s a fit for me. You rock! :o)

  • When I began my journey into practicing yoga I went injury free for several years until one day both of my shoulders decided to send me excruciating messages, messages to slow down and take it easy on myself!  I not only wanted to find the physical reason behind the pain but I also wanted to discover the mental cause.  Louise Hay mentions in her book, “You Can Heal Your Life” that shoulder pain is a result of feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.  This was exactly what I was experiencing on and off my mat!! I had bitten off more than I could chew and was trying to do it all, and it showed up in my body as pain in my shoulders.  These “setbacks” are most certainly messages to check in both physically and mentally!! Your back supports you, the universe supports you,we can’t afford to neglect either! Great Post! Shine On!

    • thank you for sharing. I love that book, and I’m not sure it’s always 100% accurate, sometimes back pain means that I just lifted the weight the wrong way or I need to strengthen the muscle. it doesn’t ALWAYS have to have an emotional relation, but I do believe our emotions and body are inter-connected. I’m so happy that that path worked for you :o) and thank you SO much for sharing..

  • When I began my journey into practicing yoga I went injury free for several years until one day both of my shoulders decided to send me excruciating messages, messages to slow down and take it easy on myself!  I not only wanted to find the physical reason behind the pain but I also wanted to discover the mental cause.  Louise Hay mentions in her book, “You Can Heal Your Life” that shoulder pain is a result of feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.  This was exactly what I was experiencing on and off my mat!! I had bitten off more than I could chew and was trying to do it all, and it showed up in my body as pain in my shoulders.  These “setbacks” are most certainly messages to check in both physically and mentally!! Your back supports you, the universe supports you,we can’t afford to neglect either! Great Post! Shine On!

    • thank you for sharing. I love that book, and I’m not sure it’s always 100% accurate, sometimes back pain means that I just lifted the weight the wrong way or I need to strengthen the muscle. it doesn’t ALWAYS have to have an emotional relation, but I do believe our emotions and body are inter-connected. I’m so happy that that path worked for you :o) and thank you SO much for sharing..

  • Charlotte

    Two words Mastin: thank you. I’ve been struggling with this for the past week. Went out for my weekly long run last Sunday and felt a pinch in my hammy. I instantly thought, “Really?! A week before my race?!” And then like you that thought was followed by “Again?” I have scoliosis which has made distance running rather challenging for the past 12 years. I’ve considered just giving up with all these injuries and thought maybe running just isn’t my sport. But it is. It’s one of my true loves. My serenity. So my half marathon is tomorrow and this article couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m working with a physical therapist, sports massage therapist, and a running coach. These injuries aren’t signs to give up, they are feedback. 🙂 With a unique spine I simply need to find a unique way of running. 🙂 So thank you Mastin. I have a new found motivation to keep with my running and work my butt off in the pursuit of my goal: qualify for Boston.

    Love and light.

    • I really like that Charlotte – “With a unique spine, I simply need to find a unique way of running”. that  REALLY helped! :o)

  • Charlotte

    Two words Mastin: thank you. I’ve been struggling with this for the past week. Went out for my weekly long run last Sunday and felt a pinch in my hammy. I instantly thought, “Really?! A week before my race?!” And then like you that thought was followed by “Again?” I have scoliosis which has made distance running rather challenging for the past 12 years. I’ve considered just giving up with all these injuries and thought maybe running just isn’t my sport. But it is. It’s one of my true loves. My serenity. So my half marathon is tomorrow and this article couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m working with a physical therapist, sports massage therapist, and a running coach. These injuries aren’t signs to give up, they are feedback. 🙂 With a unique spine I simply need to find a unique way of running. 🙂 So thank you Mastin. I have a new found motivation to keep with my running and work my butt off in the pursuit of my goal: qualify for Boston.

    Love and light.

    • I really like that Charlotte – “With a unique spine, I simply need to find a unique way of running”. that  REALLY helped! :o)

  • Also, you might consider adding a great acupuncturist and rolfer to your wellness team!

    • i’m all over the acupuncture, chiro, etc. i need to strengthen the muscles i feel more than anything else. 

  • Also, you might consider adding a great acupuncturist and rolfer to your wellness team!

    • i’m all over the acupuncture, chiro, etc. i need to strengthen the muscles i feel more than anything else. 

  • annamaria potamiti

    Thank you Mastin, this is exactly what I needed to hear this morning.

  • annamaria potamiti

    Thank you Mastin, this is exactly what I needed to hear this morning.

  • Brenda

    Mastin…..you have been my grounding force, every morning, before I enter into each day, this summer.  I am going through a whole life transformation and I am so grateful for The Daily Love.  I love your quotes…I share them regularly with friends on facebook, I love your honesty, you sharing your life’s experiences and the rawness and authenticity you choose to live your life.  All I can say is WOW! and thank you.
    I had a major set back in my life over a year ago…when I saw myself heading to having to use a wheel chair to get around.  I have been an athlete all my life and suffered a serious back injury in 1984.  I have been living in manageable pain all my life, seeing physiotherapists, chiropractors, cranial sacral and other energy healers but the pain continued.  It got to the point, a year ago where the only exercise I could do was a very slow walk, with numerous breaks, with my dog. I was devastated.  I needed to do something for myself.  I decided to quit my jobs, go back to school and focus totally on myself.  The year of ‘Brenda’.  It was an intense and eye opening year.  The school I attended is experiential…so every technique and theory we learned we had to put into practise.  Through many spiritual and energy experiences I discovered that the pain I’d been living with all my life was negative energy I had decided to take on for other people, who I love, in hopes to “help” them!  What a mistake.  I know that’s not how we help people, but it’s what I thought was right when I was a child. To summarize a year’s experience moving this “pain” out of my body, I will share with you that we have the abilities and the wisdom to do it ourselves.  A support team and learning different techniques is important, but we have to confront the pain and deal with it for ourselves.  I would be happy to share specific experiences with you, if you like.  
    You are a courageous and lightfilled being Mastin.  I know you can heal yourself and free yourself from the pain…it’s just your body’s way of telling you that you have stuck “energy”, that doesn’t belong to you, to release.  Pain is our physical body’s way of communicating.  It’s such a beautiful thing.  Embrace it and listen to it.
    Lots of love and light,

    Brenda

    • thanks for sharing your story Brenda, I’d love to hear more thedailylove(at)thedailylove.com

      wishing you all the healing in the world on your continued journey! :o)

  • Brenda

    Mastin…..you have been my grounding force, every morning, before I enter into each day, this summer.  I am going through a whole life transformation and I am so grateful for The Daily Love.  I love your quotes…I share them regularly with friends on facebook, I love your honesty, you sharing your life’s experiences and the rawness and authenticity you choose to live your life.  All I can say is WOW! and thank you.
    I had a major set back in my life over a year ago…when I saw myself heading to having to use a wheel chair to get around.  I have been an athlete all my life and suffered a serious back injury in 1984.  I have been living in manageable pain all my life, seeing physiotherapists, chiropractors, cranial sacral and other energy healers but the pain continued.  It got to the point, a year ago where the only exercise I could do was a very slow walk, with numerous breaks, with my dog. I was devastated.  I needed to do something for myself.  I decided to quit my jobs, go back to school and focus totally on myself.  The year of ‘Brenda’.  It was an intense and eye opening year.  The school I attended is experiential…so every technique and theory we learned we had to put into practise.  Through many spiritual and energy experiences I discovered that the pain I’d been living with all my life was negative energy I had decided to take on for other people, who I love, in hopes to “help” them!  What a mistake.  I know that’s not how we help people, but it’s what I thought was right when I was a child. To summarize a year’s experience moving this “pain” out of my body, I will share with you that we have the abilities and the wisdom to do it ourselves.  A support team and learning different techniques is important, but we have to confront the pain and deal with it for ourselves.  I would be happy to share specific experiences with you, if you like.  
    You are a courageous and lightfilled being Mastin.  I know you can heal yourself and free yourself from the pain…it’s just your body’s way of telling you that you have stuck “energy”, that doesn’t belong to you, to release.  Pain is our physical body’s way of communicating.  It’s such a beautiful thing.  Embrace it and listen to it.
    Lots of love and light,

    Brenda

    • thanks for sharing your story Brenda, I’d love to hear more thedailylove(at)thedailylove.com

      wishing you all the healing in the world on your continued journey! :o)

  • Amanda

    Ditto to the messages about your body sending you a message. Yes, our physical issues are from unresolved emotional issues. Yes, agree w/ other posters about Louise Hay. Your back pain will continue to appear until you get to the root of it. It has nothing to do with your exercise routine. I highly recommend EFT to help you heal this. I am surprised that you do not already know about it. This is a good place to start: http://www.eftradioonline.com/

    • I don’t think it’s ALL emotional. we are emotional and physical beings. sometimes you just lifted a weight the wrong way and sometimes it’s emotional. for me, it feels more like i need to strengthen the area and get it realigned. i think that will help alot. i’ve seen a lot about EFT, at the moment it doesn’t resonate with me, but I will check it out again! thank you Amanda!

      • charlee

        spot on mastin….nice….gentle reply of truth

  • Amanda

    Ditto to the messages about your body sending you a message. Yes, our physical issues are from unresolved emotional issues. Yes, agree w/ other posters about Louise Hay. Your back pain will continue to appear until you get to the root of it. It has nothing to do with your exercise routine. I highly recommend EFT to help you heal this. I am surprised that you do not already know about it. This is a good place to start: http://www.eftradioonline.com/

    • I don’t think it’s ALL emotional. we are emotional and physical beings. sometimes you just lifted a weight the wrong way and sometimes it’s emotional. for me, it feels more like i need to strengthen the area and get it realigned. i think that will help alot. i’ve seen a lot about EFT, at the moment it doesn’t resonate with me, but I will check it out again! thank you Amanda!

      • charlee

        spot on mastin….nice….gentle reply of truth

  • Roadbiker45

    Hi Mastin,
    I can’t imagine how painful your experience must be!  As part of the new emergence of me, I began a regimine of seeing a chiropractor two times a week.  I have a type of arthritis in the middle sections that stiffens me, but is not painful.  I know that this care helps keep my meridians open, and is so helpful in keeping my body tuned and in greater health. 

    But what resonated with me was seeing setbacks as feedback.  I became very angry with my daughter yesterday,. who is just entering middle school.  Instead of beating myself up about it later, I saw it as feedback for how far I have come on my own journey, that I could reset myself within a matter of hours, rather than days, minutes, rather than hours!  I have a learned a different way of parenting, yet had a setback.  And through the new parenting style, was able to reset, which then helped my daughter receive more positive feedback, and have her see the lesson she needed to learn, rather than feel demeaned because of what happened.

    Thank you for your words…I will use them in times of stress…feedback/setback!  Awesome!

    We are all growing daily…life is so rewarding because of this!

    Daily Love Reader in CA

    • thank you so much for sharing – what a wonderful application of this principle! and best of luck on your road to recovery! :o)

  • Roadbiker45

    Hi Mastin,
    I can’t imagine how painful your experience must be!  As part of the new emergence of me, I began a regimine of seeing a chiropractor two times a week.  I have a type of arthritis in the middle sections that stiffens me, but is not painful.  I know that this care helps keep my meridians open, and is so helpful in keeping my body tuned and in greater health. 

    But what resonated with me was seeing setbacks as feedback.  I became very angry with my daughter yesterday,. who is just entering middle school.  Instead of beating myself up about it later, I saw it as feedback for how far I have come on my own journey, that I could reset myself within a matter of hours, rather than days, minutes, rather than hours!  I have a learned a different way of parenting, yet had a setback.  And through the new parenting style, was able to reset, which then helped my daughter receive more positive feedback, and have her see the lesson she needed to learn, rather than feel demeaned because of what happened.

    Thank you for your words…I will use them in times of stress…feedback/setback!  Awesome!

    We are all growing daily…life is so rewarding because of this!

    Daily Love Reader in CA

    • thank you so much for sharing – what a wonderful application of this principle! and best of luck on your road to recovery! :o)

  • First of all, aren’t our bodies amazing?  They support us, even when we don’t treat them well, and give us great feedback.  They want to be listened to.  I’ve really stepped up my walking routine, and because of that I need to give my feet lots of love to help them continue to carry me.  I’m not going to stop walking, because it is very good for me.  I’m just going to rub some cream on my feet, wear my Yoga Toes in the evenings, and let them recover.

  • Margaret

    This might be something for you to check out….from Martha Peterson a Somatics practioner.

    http://www.essentialsomatics.com/

    Do these simple exercise for low back pain:

    http://us.mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?ufb=1  (from her blog on wordpress)

  • First of all, aren’t our bodies amazing?  They support us, even when we don’t treat them well, and give us great feedback.  They want to be listened to.  I’ve really stepped up my walking routine, and because of that I need to give my feet lots of love to help them continue to carry me.  I’m not going to stop walking, because it is very good for me.  I’m just going to rub some cream on my feet, wear my Yoga Toes in the evenings, and let them recover.

  • Margaret

    This might be something for you to check out….from Martha Peterson a Somatics practioner.

    http://www.essentialsomatics.com/

    Do these simple exercise for low back pain:

    http://us.mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?ufb=1  (from her blog on wordpress)

  • Trekking Artist

    Love that Mastin! Seeing setbacks not as negative, but as calls to action. Life asking you to take it up a notch.

  • Trekking Artist

    Love that Mastin! Seeing setbacks not as negative, but as calls to action. Life asking you to take it up a notch.

  • Mastin, I thought of this link when I read about your back issues. I received it from Kris Carr. <3

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5805/How-MindBodyGreen-Came-to-Life.html

  • Mastin, I thought of this link when I read about your back issues. I received it from Kris Carr. <3

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5805/How-MindBodyGreen-Came-to-Life.html

  • Right In Front of My Face

    Posted on
    August 18, 2012 by gregessenmacher

    There are times when God comes through loud and clear and other times when He
    is more subtle. I liked a quote I saw the other day that stated, “The Teacher is
    always quiet during the test.” Today was one of those days when God was slapping
    me upside the head with a 2 x 4 to get my attention, and I am grateful to have
    received it clearly.
    As many of you who are regular readers or know me personally, I have been
    struggling with a back injury for the last 3 weeks, one that is a recurrence
    from just over a year ago. This time around I was more prepared on what to
    expect: the regiment of Chiropractor visits and massage to nurse the area back
    to health, the need to do my part to help reduce the swelling, and time frame of
    slowly introducing exercise back into my daily life. All that sounds well and
    good, but for me to actually do it, that’s another story, at least the part of
    being patient with getting back to working out!
    Today’s entry in TDL (the Daily Love) blog that I absolutely can’t get enough
    of, spoke directly from God, through Mastin to me. You see, Mastin has been on a
    fitness journey this year, and today he blogged about getting a lower back
    injury and how he is dealing with it. Rather than looking at it as a setback, he
    is using it as a learning tool, a way to listen to his body and respond in a
    healthy way. I was stunned when I read it and realized that he is going through
    the same experience as me. It’s uncanny really. Just when I was getting back to
    that point of beating myself up for not being able to exercise, getting a case
    of the F***-it-all’s, and really struggling with keeping a positive frame of
    mind, along comes a blog into my inbox to reframe my entire perspective on my
    injury, once again.
    Today I am grateful for the times when God is obvious in my life.

  • Right In Front of My Face

    Posted on
    August 18, 2012 by gregessenmacher

    There are times when God comes through loud and clear and other times when He
    is more subtle. I liked a quote I saw the other day that stated, “The Teacher is
    always quiet during the test.” Today was one of those days when God was slapping
    me upside the head with a 2 x 4 to get my attention, and I am grateful to have
    received it clearly.
    As many of you who are regular readers or know me personally, I have been
    struggling with a back injury for the last 3 weeks, one that is a recurrence
    from just over a year ago. This time around I was more prepared on what to
    expect: the regiment of Chiropractor visits and massage to nurse the area back
    to health, the need to do my part to help reduce the swelling, and time frame of
    slowly introducing exercise back into my daily life. All that sounds well and
    good, but for me to actually do it, that’s another story, at least the part of
    being patient with getting back to working out!
    Today’s entry in TDL (the Daily Love) blog that I absolutely can’t get enough
    of, spoke directly from God, through Mastin to me. You see, Mastin has been on a
    fitness journey this year, and today he blogged about getting a lower back
    injury and how he is dealing with it. Rather than looking at it as a setback, he
    is using it as a learning tool, a way to listen to his body and respond in a
    healthy way. I was stunned when I read it and realized that he is going through
    the same experience as me. It’s uncanny really. Just when I was getting back to
    that point of beating myself up for not being able to exercise, getting a case
    of the F***-it-all’s, and really struggling with keeping a positive frame of
    mind, along comes a blog into my inbox to reframe my entire perspective on my
    injury, once again.
    Today I am grateful for the times when God is obvious in my life.

  • Carolyn

    Yoga, yoga, yoga….and then soak in a nice hot lavender oil bath.

    • charlee

      yoga tai chi yoga then a hot tub and oils of choice

  • Carolyn

    Yoga, yoga, yoga….and then soak in a nice hot lavender oil bath.

    • charlee

      yoga tai chi yoga then a hot tub and oils of choice

  • Thank you for your wonderful posts Mastin.  Always so genuinely thoughtful and thought provoking.  I really enjoy them. 
    xo
    Ali

  • Thank you for your wonderful posts Mastin.  Always so genuinely thoughtful and thought provoking.  I really enjoy them. 
    xo
    Ali

  • WOW Mastin- I feel you friend as I have the exact issue but in my neck and my husband is dealing with a knee injury, but our fitness levels are a priority and we see the temp setbacks as a time to focus love back on our bodies. We go-go-go and when our bodies continually “show up” for us everyday without us asking or demanding nurturing– eventually something will signal us to take a beat, assess our energy levels, joints, metabolism, sugar levels, etc. Agree- setbacks are definitely feedback. Cheers to seeing changes in your body. Isn’t it wonderful to see progress!?! It’s so empowering!

  • WOW Mastin- I feel you friend as I have the exact issue but in my neck and my husband is dealing with a knee injury, but our fitness levels are a priority and we see the temp setbacks as a time to focus love back on our bodies. We go-go-go and when our bodies continually “show up” for us everyday without us asking or demanding nurturing– eventually something will signal us to take a beat, assess our energy levels, joints, metabolism, sugar levels, etc. Agree- setbacks are definitely feedback. Cheers to seeing changes in your body. Isn’t it wonderful to see progress!?! It’s so empowering!

  • Kirsten Xavier

    I have found the most painful challenges in my life were what caused me to go into the pain, explore it and then heal and transform it. I would have never gone onto the path of healing through kundalini yoga and spiritual exploration if I had not faced my own pain/shadow.

  • Kirsten Xavier

    I have found the most painful challenges in my life were what caused me to go into the pain, explore it and then heal and transform it. I would have never gone onto the path of healing through kundalini yoga and spiritual exploration if I had not faced my own pain/shadow.

  • Tihana

    Hi Mastin,
    I just wanted share with you what my life taught me about physical pain. There
    is always an underlying energy reason/imbalance for any kind of physical pain. And
    what creates most imbalance in our physical bodies is unprocessed emotional
    energy that at some point in our life got stuck in some layer of our being.

    I know you believe you overstressed your body
    by physically working out but think about it – if your body was in proper balance
    it would be resilient enough to handle additional stress.  I learned in my own life that pain is always a
    signal our body/life uses to get our attention. Usually it starts subtle but
    since most of us seem to miss subtle our body/life has to take more drastic
    signs/measures. Usually that means more severe pain and/or more severe health conditions.
    If your pain is repeating it simply means you are missing what your body/life
    is trying to tell you all along. And unless you clear what your body/life is
    asking you to, it’s going to repeat and/or get worse over time.

    I am glad you are figuring out what is your interpretation
    of the symbolic of this particular situation. And I’m sure what you figured out
    is also true but in my world what you just described would 100% mean I have an
    unprocessed emotion in my 1st chakra (skeletal system is 1st
    chakra stuff.) For me it’s like a magic. As soon as you release the underlying
    energy cause the pain disappears instantly. One has to experience it to believe
    it. Since you probably never done that kind of cleanse of unprocessed emotions
    you probably have a series of emotions stuck to that body part (your spine). In
    order to allow your body to heal itself you have to clear them all.  Also, the symbolism of body part affected is often
    more literal then we notice it at first. Usually it provides a good hint on
    what the underlying problem is (both on mental and emotional level). You might
    ask yourself what is still weighing/pressing on you in your life? What sits on
    your back so to speak? What burdens in life do you still feel you have to
    carry? What burdens don’t belong to you but you carry them anyway? Etc. You
    might be quite surprised what you learn from that kind of contemplation.  I don’t know much about your past but from
    these few things I do know I am quite positive you have lot to clean. Not
    because you are a greater failure then the rest of us but because you have a
    lifetime of emotional cleaning-ups to do.  But, anytime is better than never. And do
    sooner you do it, also the better.

    I don’t want to advertise no one but since I noticed
    people giving you their recommendations I will too.  I use Emotion code by dr. Bradley Nelson (don’t
    let the title discourage you).  I was
    lead to it by series of synchronicities in my life a while ago and I fell in
    love with it when I started using it. Nowdays it’s something I use whenever my
    body tells me it’s time to do it.  Whenever
    I notice any kind of odd sensation in my body (tension/pressure/pain/whatever) I
    now it’s time for my “emotional/energy bath” so to speak because I just know I have
    accumulated something new. And always as I said as soon as I release that underlying
    energy imbalance the symptom disappears immediately. And it’s really that simple.
    And all you need is your body (muscle testing), an emotion chart (to spend less
    time in figuring out what the underlying emotion is) and a simple magnet (any
    kind will work).  

    For me this isn’t just a technique is an
    emotional/energy soap so to speak. It’s essential for performing emotional hygiene.
    I really do believe we people have to yet learn just how important regular emotional
    and mental hygiene is. We have to learn to extend the concept of hygiene
    because our body isn’t the only thing that needs to be kept clean. And I would
    dare to say it’s far more vital and important to clean our energies then it is
    to clean our bodies.  Clear the energy
    and then you have no reason for certain things to manifest in your regular,
    physical, 3D life to give you the message that something is off with your
    energy system.

    And yes, I know, it seems too good to be true
    and too easy to work. But – it works.   So, the recommendation that I carry deep
    within my heart for anyone is to try it for them selves. Then your own experience
    will make you a believer just as mine made me. 🙂

    I really do hope you get to the bottom of this,
    so this doesn’t have to keep on repeating in your life over and over again. If I
    did manage to help you get to the bottom of it, even the tinniest bit, my heart
    is already happy! 🙂

    Sincerely, Tihana

  • Tihana

    Hi Mastin,
    I just wanted share with you what my life taught me about physical pain. There
    is always an underlying energy reason/imbalance for any kind of physical pain. And
    what creates most imbalance in our physical bodies is unprocessed emotional
    energy that at some point in our life got stuck in some layer of our being.

    I know you believe you overstressed your body
    by physically working out but think about it – if your body was in proper balance
    it would be resilient enough to handle additional stress.  I learned in my own life that pain is always a
    signal our body/life uses to get our attention. Usually it starts subtle but
    since most of us seem to miss subtle our body/life has to take more drastic
    signs/measures. Usually that means more severe pain and/or more severe health conditions.
    If your pain is repeating it simply means you are missing what your body/life
    is trying to tell you all along. And unless you clear what your body/life is
    asking you to, it’s going to repeat and/or get worse over time.

    I am glad you are figuring out what is your interpretation
    of the symbolic of this particular situation. And I’m sure what you figured out
    is also true but in my world what you just described would 100% mean I have an
    unprocessed emotion in my 1st chakra (skeletal system is 1st
    chakra stuff.) For me it’s like a magic. As soon as you release the underlying
    energy cause the pain disappears instantly. One has to experience it to believe
    it. Since you probably never done that kind of cleanse of unprocessed emotions
    you probably have a series of emotions stuck to that body part (your spine). In
    order to allow your body to heal itself you have to clear them all.  Also, the symbolism of body part affected is often
    more literal then we notice it at first. Usually it provides a good hint on
    what the underlying problem is (both on mental and emotional level). You might
    ask yourself what is still weighing/pressing on you in your life? What sits on
    your back so to speak? What burdens in life do you still feel you have to
    carry? What burdens don’t belong to you but you carry them anyway? Etc. You
    might be quite surprised what you learn from that kind of contemplation.  I don’t know much about your past but from
    these few things I do know I am quite positive you have lot to clean. Not
    because you are a greater failure then the rest of us but because you have a
    lifetime of emotional cleaning-ups to do.  But, anytime is better than never. And do
    sooner you do it, also the better.

    I don’t want to advertise no one but since I noticed
    people giving you their recommendations I will too.  I use Emotion code by dr. Bradley Nelson (don’t
    let the title discourage you).  I was
    lead to it by series of synchronicities in my life a while ago and I fell in
    love with it when I started using it. Nowdays it’s something I use whenever my
    body tells me it’s time to do it.  Whenever
    I notice any kind of odd sensation in my body (tension/pressure/pain/whatever) I
    now it’s time for my “emotional/energy bath” so to speak because I just know I have
    accumulated something new. And always as I said as soon as I release that underlying
    energy imbalance the symptom disappears immediately. And it’s really that simple.
    And all you need is your body (muscle testing), an emotion chart (to spend less
    time in figuring out what the underlying emotion is) and a simple magnet (any
    kind will work).  

    For me this isn’t just a technique is an
    emotional/energy soap so to speak. It’s essential for performing emotional hygiene.
    I really do believe we people have to yet learn just how important regular emotional
    and mental hygiene is. We have to learn to extend the concept of hygiene
    because our body isn’t the only thing that needs to be kept clean. And I would
    dare to say it’s far more vital and important to clean our energies then it is
    to clean our bodies.  Clear the energy
    and then you have no reason for certain things to manifest in your regular,
    physical, 3D life to give you the message that something is off with your
    energy system.

    And yes, I know, it seems too good to be true
    and too easy to work. But – it works.   So, the recommendation that I carry deep
    within my heart for anyone is to try it for them selves. Then your own experience
    will make you a believer just as mine made me. 🙂

    I really do hope you get to the bottom of this,
    so this doesn’t have to keep on repeating in your life over and over again. If I
    did manage to help you get to the bottom of it, even the tinniest bit, my heart
    is already happy! 🙂

    Sincerely, Tihana

  • patrick jan figueroa

    the body has its own language.

  • Mastin,

    I’ve got an L4, L5 hibernated-disc which triggers the sciatic nerve (all the way down my toes).  It’s been almost 2 months since I blew out my lower-back and today as I tried putting on my sock to head to the gym, I blew it again.

    Now, I’m typing from the floor when I read this story.  I want to thank you for a refreshing perceptive and helping me remain patience during this healing.