Friday, May 22, 2009
enCouragingBliss: What Would it Take to Force You to Slow Down?
This week has been difficult for me.
As I wrote about a while ago, I have recently realized that my body is now ready to heal. I have worked through so much emotional trauma; I have a spiritual practice; I am walking my path of bliss by writing every day.
But my physical health has taken a back seat and has been ignored. It may appear as though this is not the case: I eat organic; I do yoga, and yet...
I find myself, at the age of 40, beyond exhausted. Wait. That is a bit of a story. The reality is that I have spent much of my life exhausted.
Time for that to change.
At the end of that post linked to above, I told you I went to my chiropractor, a woman whom I consider to be so much more -- a healer.
I have been going to her since that first appointment, and just this past week, we took a few more steps in my healing, and then...
I was down for the count. I won't go into gruesome details, but let me say, I have just barely gotten my blogging done this week, much less anything else.
For the first time in my life, I have been forced -- and I mean forced -- to listen to my body's cries for healing and rest. Normally, in the past, I would have told my body, "Don't be such a wimp! I have things to do! THINGS TO DO!!"
But this week, I had no choice.
Today, I am finally coming out of it. With a lot of extra care and support from my healer, I can now see that there is a sort of Wonderful awaiting me and this body.
As parts of my body switch on that have long been suffering, I am, for the first time (one example), truly aware of adrenaline when it surges through me, and wow! It feels pretty awful. So I am learning all about stress and how dangerous it really is and how very important balance and calm are to our health.
I always said that I understood that, but now I really do.
For this week's enCouragingBliss, let's take some time listening to our body's needs for more slow, more calm, more care, more balance.
Let's do this before someone throws some sort of brick at our heads.
What would it take to slow you down to a more human speed? Can you think of ways to start doing it right now?