And I just work here! My neck started hurting last night from a trigger that I am conditioned to react to and the pain continued on. Today I had an interesting journaling experience, I did the non-dominant hand technique and wrote about some heavy issues. As I was writing I just coped with the pain and was able to release a little bit of sadness. I tried every trick in the book to rid the pain but just dealt with the uncomfortable neck stiffness. My strategy at that point was to plan a self-care evening at home involving some relaxation. I was craving to see my chiropractor (+ he is a cool guy) so he could “put my neck back in” all the while I was telling myself that would only be a temporary fix. At home, I looked around for my relaxation stint and ended up sitting cross-legged in front of a big mirror. I was facing myself in two senses of the word: emotionally and physically. I talked out loud to myself in an empathic way and said “you’ve been through a lot”. I also spoke to myself about my anger and then sobbed while looking into my own eyes with compassion. I stood up and my neck pain released! Yahoo!