“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Well yesterday I had a day out with my family and actually did some walking. Some of you may know I have mobility problems (my story) and yesterday was probably the most active I have been for the past 7 years. It did get to a stage when I was in so much pain and so fatigued I couldn’t carry on and then the lovely people at National Trust sent an elderly man in a golf buggy called Derek to come and pick me up.
Derek asked what was wrong with me and when I told him he said “it’s great you’ve kept trying for so long to improve your health”. He explained many people he had known throughout his life who developed health problems eventually really become them, totally giving up on themselves.
It’s so easy to get in a situation which, if it persists over time we come to think of it as our natural state. It is often labels others put on us that we let define us “you are disabled”. Actually I am me, I just happen to have a health condition.
Friends and family can often inadvertently make us feel inferior too, often unintentionally, by describing others as “the clever one”, “the pretty one”, “the funny one”, and we forget we are also all these things and more too.
We are all beautifully unique and if we can let go of what we are not we can fully embrace what we are.
One of the meditations I like to do is really helpful (you can adapt the words to suit you).
- Be comfortable, ideally sitting upright on the floor or a chair with your spine as straight as possible. If you have a health condition that makes this posture uncomfortable find a position that works for you.
- Allow your attention to focus on your breath. This could be the air coming in and out of your nostrils or your chest or abdomen gently rising and falling.
- Feel each in breath and out breath whilst breathing naturally – you do not need to consciously slow down your breathing.
- Breathe in and gently think “I am aware of pain” (or whatever you want to work on).
- Breathe out “I know I am not my pain”.
- Repeat this cycle for at least 10 minutes every day. Each time you meditate it will be different so start each session with no pre-conceived expectations.
Remember you are awesome and if you are interested in finding out more about the techniques I have used to help myself check out The Happy Starfish.