I lifted something too heavy and my already compromised spine responded with a herniated disc. The resulting sciatic pain numbed my leg and my foot making standing and walking impossible. I was sidelined for 5 months. My husband Tom built me a "princess" bed just so I could at least get out of our bedroom.
My body taught me limitations. I learned to accept restrictions on my daily activities. I learned to humbly accept help and support from friends and family. Being present and mindful were no longer something to attain. The pain made sure I was "in the now." Acceptance became my constant companion., for at first I could do very little to help or change my situation.
Like all things in life, there was an up side and a down side to my situation.
I could have given in to despair, but I chose to learn what I could, not just about my body, but about this world that we live in. Throughout the summer, while life at Rural Rootz continued without my assistance, I turned to the internet. I learned about ancient cultures, sacred sites around the world, epigenetics, quantum physics and even conspiracy theories!
I chose to use my time to go within and learn about me. I let go of the perfectionist. I released the control freak. I hid the dissatisfaction and the impatience. I shed many of my old ways.
And so it is that now our world is in pain.
We are suffering social distancing, self-isolation, limiting activities and even death. What we are being asked to do to combat this situation, can be viewed as a hardship or a gift. After spending less than 12 hours out of doors last summer, and 9 months in recovery, I tell you it can be a gift ... it can be a blessing!
Time has come for us to use social media wisely to help and support each other. It is a time to tell our personal, positive stories and not allow fear to rule.
Now can be a time for you to find our who you are. It can be a time to decide how you want to shape our world. I can be a time to create a new dream for us all.
You know in your Deep Heart how you want things to be, what you want this world to look like. Create that reality. Don't settle for anything less.
As Gandhi said, "Be the change you would see in the world."