This Week Was Full of Ups and a Few Downs.
I’m beginning to feel better, body, mind and soul. My body
is still healing, and improving with physical therapy, rest, and time. My mind
was nourished by spending time with a dear friend. And my spiritual side got
some much-needed attention as well.
I am rebalancing my life and it feels so good.
My homework for physical therapy this week was a few simple
exercises to help stretch and strengthen my chest. The goal is to get ready for
radiation therapy which requires that I extend and hold my arms above my head. I’ve
been working on it but hit a wall last week.
My muscles were tight and beginning to spasm. I took a rest
day and have felt better since. Even when faced with challenges, each day I get
a little better. The pain subsides a little more. My range of motion improves a
little more. My energy improves a little more. What a relief!
I never doubted I would heal, but I did wonder how long it
would take and how well I’d heal. We just never know until we get through it.
It’s been a while since I’ve talked to anyone other than my
husband, health care providers, and a few grocery store workers. So last week
when a dear friend reached out for a zoom meeting. I jumped at the chance to connect.
We spent hours talking on Zoom. We laughed. We cried. Afterwards,
I felt refreshed and energized.
It felt like being nourished.
Another aspect of my life that is calling for attention is
my spiritual life. I’ve been focused on my physical body for a couple of months
now. It’s time to tend to my spirit and replenish my reserves.
Lately I’ve been leaning into my spiritual practices to help
re-balance and re-align myself. My meditation practice has shifted from dealing
with the pain to creating deep rest.
My intuition is coming back too. It had seemed to go dormant
while I was in the most pain. Now that the pain is subsiding my intuition is coming
back. I wasn’t sure how that part of me would be impacted by my cancer
diagnosis, but I know now that it may go quiet while our physical needs take
This week my intuition was guiding me towards a book, the
Bhagavad-Gita. I found myself staring at the book while in my office last week.
Then it came up in one of my classes. Yesterday, I looked for a book to read
and my intuition screamed “Bhagavad-Gita!”.
I listened to my intuition and started reading it this
weekend. I’m not sure why spirit wanted me to read this book, but I’m open to
any lesson that comes. And reading this very spiritual book feels like
I have physical therapy on Tuesday, three meditation teacher
training classes, and an appointment with the genetics counselor. Thursday, I’m
scheduled to meet with the radiology team, but I’m not ready yet so that may be
rescheduled. Also Thursday, I have a client meeting.
And, drum roll please, Friday I’m due for my 2nd COVID
vaccine! I am so excited to get fully vaccinated.
The last two months have been very challenging, but I’m beginning
to find balance again. It feels so good. I hope you can find balance too.
Lessons This Week.
Physical therapy, much like our lives, requires a balance
of work and rest. It’s hard work but I know that doing my physical therapy
homework will help me reach my range of motion goals more quickly. It’s worth
the time and effort.
Our intuition may go quiet, but it does return. I
didn’t know what to expect after my diagnosis. When my intuition went quiet, I
assumed it was because of the stress and pain. I’m so relieved it’s back.
Where is your intuition guiding you? Follow it and see where
Finding balance isn’t always easy. One, or even several,
areas of our lives occasionally require more attention. We can get pulled in
lots of directions. We also can set the intention and adjust our priorities as
needed and still find balance.
Last week for me finding balance meant nourishing my body,
mind, and soul.
What do you need this week to balance work and rest?
Thank you for being here.