The 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.
-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
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.
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