We use our bodies constantly. We exercise, play, and sometimes we overdo. Whoops. What strategies do we have to facilitate recovery?
Do we put our primary focus on grabbing some pain relief from the medicine cabinet? What else? How shall we wield our awesome power of focus under this circumstance?
The Story Opens
Raney took a hike with a friend. In an easy and relaxed frame of mind,
she flowed with the preferences of her friend for which trails to hike. After a steep uphill climb and several switch backs, she told her friend about a clogged feeling in her left leg. The friend has much clinical experience assisting folks with easier bodily movement and made a suggestion for a shift in imagery for R’s walk. In a few minutes Raney heard the friend encourage her, sharing that she perceived her gait to have shifted as recommended.
They walked, they switched back several more times. There were lovely wild flowers to enjoy: wild azaleas, wild geraniums and fire pinks. Gray day: fun colors popped up on the landscape under the trees.
Cooperating with her companion, our heroine walked on without thinking of the length of the hike. She set no limits for herself. The two passed by a trail heading the parking lot and opted for a second option further along.
Before the hike concluded, R’s leg foot started to hurt. She made it to the car, took stock of her limbs and her spirits. Wow now she awoke to just how wiped out she felt.
Yes as our star drove home, she feels the pull of her habit of mind to find fault. Yes, she was tempted to call herself some unflattering name such as “What a jerk! I hurt myself with my inattention.” Come to think of it—let’s skip the jerk part.
Angel Pie, what can we do for you to assist recovery?”
First step, R wanted to treat herself with kindness. Skip the self condemnation.
Raney reached for some natural remedies: arnica homeopathic pellets, some essential oil for trauma and pain. R rested and breathed. Soon she fed herself and then did gentle yoga to bring energy through spine and limbs.
Rejecting a Habit
Another habitual line of thinking popped through: “I am damaged. I have a set back. I will take awhile to recover now.” And then a shift “No, let’s not go there. Let’s rest tonite and get an excellent night’s sleep. I recall how resilient I am! Let’s skip any label for this right now.”
Easy mind about the sensations being experienced. Return to appreciating.
Basking in Resilience
After a long night’s sleep, Next morning this dear woman took her first steps out of bed. Hey not too bad!
That day she pursued her routines, gently. Very cool, she did feel like taking a walk, proceeding taking her time, using her new imagery. It went fine!
Worth experimenting with how we perceive our bodies. We can stay in the moment. We can notice that labels such as “I am injured!” can hold us in states we want to release. We can reach for feeling as good as we can, appreciate what we can around us. We can bask in parts of us that feel good right now. Try it out! See if this helps.
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About the Author
Janet Pearlman is a spiritual teacher, counselor, healer and artist. She has a gift for inspiring others to know themselves compassionately and to develop skills of empowerment. In her forty-three-year journey of self-discovery, she has deeply studied the teachings of Abraham-Hicks, Ernest Holmes and more. Janet offers individual sessions by phone and in person. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.