Thursday, February 18, 2010
Found this on a web site called Dailly OM:
When we feel pain, our first impulse is often to eradicate it with medication. This is an understandable response, but sometimes in our hurry to get rid of pain, we forget that it is the bodyís way of letting us know that it needs our attention. A headache can inform us that weíre hungry or stressed just as a sore throat might be telling us that we need to rest our voice. If we override these messages instead of respond to them, we risk worsening our condition. In addition, we create a feeling of disconnectedness between our minds and our bodies.
Physical pain is not the only kind of pain that lets us know our attention is needed. Emotional pain provides us with valuable information about the state of our psyche, letting us know that we have been affected by something and that we would do well to focus our awareness inward. Just as we tend to a cut on our arm by cleaning and bandaging it, we treat a broken heart by surrounding ourselves with love and support. In both cases, if we listen to our pain we will know what to do to heal ourselves. Itís natural to want to resist pain, but once we understand that it is here to give us valuable information, we can relax a bit more, and take a moment to listen before we reach for medication. Sometimes this is enough to noticeably reduce the pain, because its message has been heard. Perhaps we seek to medicate pain because we fear that if we donít, it will never go away. It can be empowering to realize that, at least some of the time, it is just a matter of listening and respond! ing.
The next time you feel pain, either physical or emotional, you might want to try listening to your own intuition about how to relieve your pain. Maybe taking a few deep breaths will put an end to that headache. Perhaps writing in your journal about hurt feelings will ease your heart. Ultimately, the message of pain is all about healing.
Monday, February 15, 2010
On Sunday, February, my husband and I attended a Valentine wedding. (The bride's last name was Valentine) held on the 50th anniversary of her parents' wedding which was also on a Sunday. Her mother made her wedding gown and covered it with the lace from her gown of 50 years ago. There was even enough lace left to cover the ring pillows. The bride's nephews were ring bearers. The groom was a widower and his grown daughter was "best woman." The bride's brother was one of her attendants and played a violin accompaniment on an instrument he had created. The love between these two people was palpable at the wedding and reception. I don't think I have ever seen a happier bride and groom or a more beautiful expression of what a wedding and marriage are about. I wish all of you the opportunity to see how love can transform a person, a family and a community.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I have subscribed to Spark for about 4 months, mostly reading and responding to posts in the teams that i joined. After all, I didn't really NEED Spark, I had been at goal for almost three years, then broke my leg (bike riding - I still love my recumbent bike) and gained back a little - well, okay, almost 25 lb of the original 60 I lost. I got a WiiFit for Christmas last year and am now 10 lbs below the initial goal I met 4 years ago through a commercial diet and exercise center. Best of all I feel more fit, healthier and stronger than EVER in my life.
What does this all have to do with Spark? I finally decided that I wanted to explore more about the site as I read posts from others. I am finally keeping a nutrition tracker and love the way it keeps me conscious of what i am putting in my mouth. I use the fitness tracker as a way to find a variety of strength training work to do between my twice a month visits to a personal trainer. I read articles, copy recipes, even use some of them. (the slow cooker chicken, beans, salsa and brown rice is also super with shrimp.) I find the health articles fascinating and learn almost every day (keeping the mind healthy). At first, I thought the team huddles were sort of silly. Now I love the time I huddle as my smiling time (exercises for those face muscles.).
Most of all i feel good about me, about what I can give to this community and that's why I think I can quit feeling like a lurker and declare myself a full-fledged Spark Person.
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