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Finding Our Own Way

photoThe other day while getting myself a little inspiration on Oprah’s YouTube channel, I heard one teacher say that to heal, we need to lean into our pain. Shortly afterwards, I was listening to another talk in which the speaker said that we need to get away from our pain to get better. I think they are both right. There is not one way to heal, in fact, there are as many ways to heal as there are people who are healing. We each have our own path and there are different methods that we can employ at various times on our paths. Sometimes I do need to lean into my pain, feel my pain so I can understand where it is rooted and give it attention so it may heal. Other times, the best thing that I can do for myself is to detach from illness. Both ways – and many ways in between – are tools I use. Here are a handful of those tools…

 

 

Determining what we need and when we need it
-Realizing that this is a process and cultivating patience to allow the process to unfold as it needs to. Because it WILL unfold as it needs to, whether we agree to this or not. So we might as well get comfortable.

-Taking time to be still, focusing on our breath and quieting our minds with meditation. #1 healing ritual for me.

-REST REST REST – Tied for first with meditation.  Whenever I try to overlook the importance of rest, I am forced into it anyway by you-know-who.  My thyroid, she can be a pushy one.

-Figuring out what to feed our bodies, inside and out. Learning food sensitivities, protecting our delicate skin, taking time for self-care. There are so many things that we can do to contribute to our healing. I believe that each time we do something to care for ourselves, we nourish our bodies, minds and soul. Even though it may not always seem like it at the time, every little thing we consciously do is most definitely a step in the right direction.

-Checking out all of the amazing resources in our extraordinary thyroid community. There is so much info, with so many ideas and so many paths that have been carved. Learning by trial and error to take what we need to forge our own path, remaining aware and flexible to adjusting as necessary.

 

Remembering that in every moment, we are healing
-Complete, total, radical acceptance of our situation. This one thing was the catalyst for me to start paving my healing path. Before I learned to accept what was happening to me, I was wandering aimlessly in the dark, gripped by fear.

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-Demanding ourselves to have blind faith during those times when we feel so hopeless. Hopelessness is the worst, yet I think was inevitable for me. I had no choice but to keep going because I was not able to allow myself to experience that terrible feeling of hopelessness again.

“We don’t have to let go, we simply have to not hold on.” ~Joseph Goldstein

-Practicing gratitude towards our healing bodies with affirmations. I started using affirmations after reading You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay during the hell of my adrenal freefall. It definitely didn’t feel natural at first but I continued because I was so desperate that I was willing to try anything. I started by telling my body how beautiful she is and how much I appreciate how hard she was working to get better. Just before meditation, I may tell myself that I am healthy and my thyroid is functioning perfectly, working to manifest this outcome. Yesterday, I told my hair how strong and beautiful it is; that it grows long and thick. I know my hair will eventually grow back so why not just help this process along with some positive vibes. It may not feel right to you to try this. For me, it makes me smile and I figure it can’t hurt. I spent years torturing my body with hatred. This just feels SO much better. Our bodies are our partners in this healing and I am amazed every day how much effort mine puts in. I love my body now and if that is the best thing that comes out of all of this thyroid business, then I may be million times better than I was to begin with.

Healing is not some landing-place somewhere far off in the distant future. Healing isn’t the destination. Healing is happening moment-to-moment, day-to-day. Healing is happening NOW.

I would LOVE to hear about your healing path.  We are all in this together!  Know that I am grateful for anything that you choose to share, here, in OUR space.  And know that I am grateful for you if you choose to simply read this post.

 

Love and wisdom from around the web:

1. I just adore this guided meditation by Dr. David Simon ~ “Intention of the Heart”

2. Here is a link to a website which gives info about SB 959, a bill that may compromise our rights to obtain compounded medicine.  I personally get progesterone from a wonderful compound pharmacy so this affects me directly, as I know if does many of you too.

3. Have you checked out the Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page?  This is a wonderfully supportive community full of great information and strategies for managing symptoms of thyroid disease.

p.s. I am having some issues with being able to add photos on WordPress.  If you have experienced this before or are some kind of WordPress genius and have any insight for me, please contact me.  Thanks :)

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  1. Kelly Shadix

    I was so moved by this post “Finding our own way” I can’t believe how parallel our common thoughts are on ways of dealing with thyroid disease. First, I can totally relate to wandering aimlessly in the dark, gripped by fear. six years ago, I realized something was wrong when I started coughing, a dry cough, I followed all health protocols of getting checked, tested for allergies, asthma, acid reflux. Finally, in 2011. I was referred to a ENT, he checked my neck and said I had a nodule. “What is a nodule? My first intro. to Thyroid 101: nodules, thyroid, biopsies, ect
    After doing some family research. I realized thyroid cancer runs in my family. G.Grandmother died from thyroid cancer. My Mother has nodules, no cancer. My Twin-sister, decides after my nodule was discovered & my partial-thyroidectomy, to get checked. She had a inconclusive biopsy. During surgery they found papillary cancer and removed her thyroid. So, I made the decision to get a TT in January of 2012.
    So, currently, I’m hypothyroid w/hoshimoto’s taking 90mg of armour. Besides the weight gain I continue to battle. Losing my identity of my former self was a complete shock to me! I became a complete introvert, self conscious of my actions & words. I lost my self-esteem to an angry, lost and mostly pissed off woman that I did not know or like. Slowly, and I mean slowly my anger has turned to into a desire of wanting & needing to know all I can about my disease. I still have good days and bad days. My family is understanding. I’m grateful for that, this has been a hard long journey, and the healing process is coming along. I’m grateful for finding you in my journey. Thank you for sharing with me.

    1. Mikelle

      Kelly~ It means so much to me that you left this comment. Being friends with you on twitter has inspired me…as you know I love your positive energy and how you are so supportive. Our community there is so important to me and you are definitely a huge part of that.

      I really appreciate that you took the time to share your story here. I often wondered about your journey and it is good to know you better. Although we have had very different paths to get here, knowing now that we share a similar way of looking at our disease is not surprising to me. I felt as though we might have. It is really nice to hear that your family is understanding and I have no doubt that you completely deserve to have that support. I am lucky to have that as well – I know it can be hard for them but I try to explain it to them as I figure it out myself. I have changed in many ways. I have also become more introverted and I seem to not want to talk about my situation that often which surprises me. I think sometimes it just seems easier to focus on other people while I wait for the time to pass while I heal. And this may not exactly always be the healthier way, it does feel right or at least easier. The problem that I run into doing this is that I can end up ignoring myself to the point of neglect. Then I have to reorganize my priorities in a hurry so the stress doesn’t lead to AI flare up mode. I’m working on it, and working on hearing myself more clearly. Would love to hear if you ever run into this too.

      Anyway, thanks again for sharing your story. I’m grateful that we are connected, my friend.

      1. Kelly Shadix

        Mikelle, Thank you for responding & your kind words. By the way, you have such a beautiful name.
        To answer you’re question. Yes, I am also dealing with the same issues of trying to balance my life without burning myself out. As a mom, I’m guilty of always putting myself last. I neglect myself on a daily basis & not even think twice about it. “Now the reality is, if I don’t slow down or get me time-my family suffers” My health has put everything in perspective. I don’t have a choice. In many ways it’s been a blessing! I look at life differently, I don’t take anything for granted. I have come to accept the fact that certain things will never go back to how they used to be. That includes some family and friends that may never understand what I’m going through. I’ve lost friends & some family members, who do not understand.
        I just try to do my best to avoid self-judgement and regret! That is a hard one for me! I’m learning to let go of what I can’t control!
        Initially, I let the illness & anger just consume me and had a- “why me attitude” It has taken a lot of time and a constant mental battle to push through!
        I found Dana Terrini on FB and
        Her page changed my life, her compassion & desire to help others made me realize their is hope after illness. I believe in life, you meet people for a reason. but the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you. You and Dana, remind me why it’s worth it!
        I’m grateful to have connected with you on twitter. Thank you, for giving me a platform to talk about my personal journey. It’s been very therapeutic for me.

  2. Dana Trentini

    Hi Mikelle,

    I have a friend named Bob Dunn who is a WordPress genius. He started a new tutorial membership site to teach people all about WordPress. Here’s the site:

    http://bobwptutorials.com/

    Best,
    Dana
    Dana Trentini recently posted…Are you having a hypothyroid freak out? 10 ways to push the reset buttonMy Profile

    1. Mikelle

      Thank you, checked out his site and love it! I definitely need help learning all that WordPress offers…or at least learning enough to keep this blog moving on :) Subscription site is a perfect idea.

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