Ever been there?
Last week, I found myself in a lot of pain. Physical pain. The whole right side of my mouth was tweaking on me, big time.
I had a lot to do but it was hard to focus, and I responded to the reality of what was happening by deciding not to struggle.
Instead of fighting the situation and pushing myself to get it all done, I just let go of it.
I went down to the river deck where I always feel connected.
[Pull up a seat and join us. And click play.]
My dog, Ollie, came with me and we just hung out. He’s my bud. We smiled at each other now and then and it warmed my heart.
I took my overdue library book with me and zipped through the end of it.
And isn’t it funny that in the pages I covered that day, I discovered a bit more about exactly this, about being one with our issues and our difficulties. (There was a section about physician and healer Leonard Laskow and his book Healing With Love. You can bet I’m going to read that one.)
Connecting with our challenges rather than pushing against them helps us find our wholeness.
It confirmed to me that I was on the right track. As I often say to myself: Embrace it as though you had chosen it. Not always easy but always rewarding.
Not that I needed confirmation, but that wa’s nice, and a fun synchronicity. I know with every cell of my body the importance of being centered. And going with the flow is a big part of that for me.
And this is where I find myself again today.
I’ve been to the dentist and now I’m on pain meds but this has all set me back and I’m still finding it hard to concentrate. I get to go to an endodontist this week. (What a name END-o-dontist. Really? Could a root canal specialist sound any more scary, do ya think?)
I’ve got so much to do. I’m still so far behind, and even more-so now. But seriously. These are my old patterns nagging at me.
I’ve got to stay in my center here.
So maybe I’m behind but it’s more important to me to trust the unfolding; to have a balanced and holistic response to whatever appears in my life. I’m no longer willing to automatically cater to my stressed out ego-self that tries to be in charge all the time.
Some people would push through, I know. I used to be one of them, and still am sometimes when that’s what makes sense.
But now I’m usually inclined to honor what’s happening. To embrace the present moment. Not just as a moment but for what it’s presenting to me. (Hmm, I never noticed: Present-ing.)
And I ask myself: So, how do I dance with this?
I look at the big picture, the whole picture, and then make as conscious a choice as I can about what embracing it means … and what to do next.
In this situation, if I really look at it, it’s a gift. It’s all a gift. It’s a break. And it’s a good reason not to wig out about the things I’ve been wigging out about. (Heck, maybe I even created all of this dental drama so I could have a break. But I digress.)
And so, here I am enjoying writing a post to you that I don’t plan to overwork (for a change). You can take it, right? If it doesn’t flow logically? If it’s not super useful? (Hey, I’m on pain meds, I have an excuse.)
I’m getting to share me, my thoughts, my heart, and a bit more about what I want this blog to be about anyway: The importance and wonder of living from our center.
Because that’s where the magic lives.
And I think that’s a pretty nice thing to embrace, now that I think about it.
How do you dance with situations like this? Do you find value in going with the flow? I know you have something good to share …
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