I have always empathised with my clients on their healing journeys, but now I actually know how they feel.
Now, after an ectopic pregnancy which resulted in the removal of one of my Fallopian tubes and a healthy pregnancy but a long labour with intervention, I relate to my body in a different way. It is not the unstoppable thing that I once knew it to be. It gets tired more easily. I am aware of things that I never was. Things get tight and feel uncomfortable. Things I did without a second thought, need a second thought. I know all of these things will improve but having the patience I ask my clients to have isn't always easy. So how am I doing it?
I am reminding myself to be wise.
When I am trying to decide whether I can or can't do something, I stop for a second and look for wisdom. Wisdom is not my thoughts. My thoughts go :
'You can do it'
'This never used to be a problem for you'
'It'll be fine'
'You should be able to do this by now'
But my thoughts are not my body.
My body says
'I need time to heal'
'If you do this now, I'm going to hurt later'
I have talked and blogged about this, but now I am living it.
When I listen to my body, I know I am living for the long-term health of my wise body not the momentary gratification of being able to complete a certain task.
Not only is that better for me, it is what I truly want to stand for.
rest.. but do what you can
But keep moving.
Movement is life and your body wants to move. You might not be able to run, but if you can walk, do that. You might not be able to walk 2 miles, but if you can walk to the shop and back, do that. You might not be able to hit a ball, but if you can go swimming or roll your shoulders or stretch your arms up, do that. Gently encourage your body to stay as fluid and strong as it can while you heal and you will heal so much more quickly and effectively than if you stay still.