One day as I was walking, the arthritis in my hips and knees gave me the sensation of walking on joints that were nothing more than a jangly zip-lock bag of spare nuts and bolts. I was stiff and dizzy and rather afraid to cross a busy road like that, so I turned around and went home.
I meditated on my fear, and my mobility problems, pain and those loose nuts and bolts and how my world was becoming smaller by the day because of it.
An image came to my mind, of a tall zen rock sculpture. Smooth stones of a variety of shapes and sizes, stacked high and precarious but standing nonetheless in the middle of a cooling river.
I created a meditation bubble of that image, and from then on, when I walk, I do a walking meditation imagining my wobbly joints as a stack of zen river stones, and use mantras as I breath and walk made of words such as “fluid, flexible balance,” and “strength in the balance of the bones.”
Now, I have regained my peaceful confidence in walking across busy roads and elsewhere, and my world is more expansive.
This is the kind gift of meditation. It may not change the nature of the problem itself, but change our posture towards it in a creative, effective way.
I want you to have access to that too, and if my Healing Jaguar meditation classes, coaching and counseling can be helpful, please give me a call. And visit the free meditation and mental health help available at my blog, http://www.heidihansenadvocacy.wordpress.com. Thanks, and be well!
Heidi D. Hansen, M.A. has been a practicing child, trauma, and adult therapist since 1991. Her expertise is in post-trauma stress, dissociation, depression and anixety. Her fees are offered on a sliding scale and major credit cards are accepted. Ph: (360) 842-3479.
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Practicing self-care, practicing comfort and soothing is not a luxury, it is a necessity. For children, it is not a chore, it is a life-skill. What does self-care mean for you?
What’s your “extraordinary?”
Living with mental illness makes the simplest of things complicated. Go slow. Wait. Do one thing that is your definition of sucess, then wait. Know that you can start your day over again at any time if thing don’t go well.
Remember that you have a right to a life too, just like everybody else. Search for those meaningful acts, those strong decisions, and self-care, that gives you a quality of life.
And reflect on what your “extraordinary” means today.
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“Playing at Beaver Creek,” a 22″ x 28″ acrylic on heavy watercolor paper, painted by Heidi Hansen after a fun summer day at Beaver Creek, Vancouver, Washington. Price for this original painting is $100.00, if you donate half of that price ($50.00) to a local resource or charity in your community. You may use the Paypal button here to pay Heidi her $50.00, and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the shipping. Thank you for raising up your community!