Overcoming the Fear of the Neti Pot
So I’ve finally done it. I am very happy to say that I finally took the plunge!
As you know from my last post, for weeks after buying my Neti Pot, I just stared and stared at it. Well, finally – I think out of desperation for comfort – I made my first attempt.
Believe me, even with all the meditating I’ve done in my life, it took every ounce of my courage, plus a lot more meditation and breath work, to make that very first attempt to pour water up my nose. I constantly had to tell myself that I had full control of the situation (didn’t I?), so what was there to be scared of (let’s not go there)? I could start and stop at any time during the process (breathe, Christina). I alone held the pot in my hand (breathe again). I controlled the flow (deep breath). If it didn’t work this time, I could try again another day (or another…or another….)
There wasn’t a single moment that the fear left me. I read the instructions over and over. I practiced holding the pot and experimented with various angles. Then, finally, having run out of excuses, I gathered my courage and added 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt, although the instructions actually say to use ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt as sea salt would be very strong. However, sea salt was all I had at home so I used half the suggested portion. I then filled the pot up with bottled water that had been warmed slightly, stirred up the mixture, took a deep, calming breath – and began.
I tilted my head, placed the nozzle to my nostril, and began to tilt the pot, all the time focusing on my breathing. I felt the warmth begin to flush into my nasal passages. YOOWZAAAAH! Immediately, I felt an intensity that made my eyes water and my ears plug up, and mucous started flowing out of my other nasal passage – gross. I stopped for a while because it took my breath away. “Intense” didn’t even begin to describe it! When I forced myself to resume, my eyes began to tear again, but this time it wasn’t because of the fear or the intensity. It didn’t feel the same as the first time, so I knew that detoxification was taking place because of the flushing.
Wow. Okay, I’d begun and I had to persevere to overcome my fear. I repeated the process three times on the one side, gently blowing my nose in between as there was so much mucous. Then I actually turned my head and repeated the process three more times on the other nostril. Each time, I had to refocus on my breathing and gather myself together before repeating the process.
For several hours afterwards, I felt completely stuffed up. My nose continued to run the whole day and I found myself sneezing at the strangest times. It didn’t feel the same as when I had a cold – instead, I could feel myself being cleansed of all the mucous that had been clogging up my system. Interestingly enough, the next day I sneezed even more, so again, out of desperation, I repeated the process. This time, however, I used much less salt than before, as I’d been informed that the amount I had used the previous day was too much – hence the high intensity that I’d felt. I couldn’t believe it – my sneezing stopped immediately and for hours my nose didn’t run. I felt an incredible sense of relief.
Even though this cleansing process brought me some relief, I am still not fully comfortable with my Neti Pot, as I have yet to find the right angles to hold my head or the pot.
Thank you for the feedback provided by a reader on my last post – your comments and encouragement were really appreciated and I may consider trying your suggestions at a later date.
Stay tuned for more adventures on my love-hate relationship with my Neti Pot.
[tags]neti-pot, water up nose, nostrils, cleansing, overcoming fear[/tags]