In psychology (Transactional Analysis), there is a concept called ‘racket feelings’ or ‘racket thoughts’. The idea goes that certain situations in life will invite us to recollect (and relive) feelings and thoughts from the past. In other words, we are invited to racket-ball all the way back to something that happened, say, twenty years ago, just because something that is happening right now has enough signals in it to remind us of that past feeling or thought. (This is a very rough description, and nothing beats reading a few book chapters on the subject. ‘Racket moments’ rely on another concept, called ‘scripting’, which I won’t go into here.)
As I’ve been going deeper into recovery, and getting used to avoiding more and more ‘racket thoughts’ when they surface, I have made what I think could be a new discovery. Racket moments do not just extend to thoughts and emotions. They extend to physical conditions, too.
Here are some of my racket body pains:
– Hunched shoulders deriving from early teens when growing bigger felt awkward
– One shoulder usually higher than the other deriving from a paper round I used to do
– Bad posture derived from low self-esteem
I have also learnt through meditation and mindfulness that:
– Mindfulness can assist me to let go of these old body pains
– There is nothing that is broken that can not be healed over time.