by Wendy Strgar December 07, 2010
Today I was overcome with the visceral gratitude that I have long been seeking. I have been struggling with unexplained pain down my arm and was thinking the worst… or at least researching the range of ailments that would create those symptoms. My acupuncturist who also is accomplished in a wide range of body work found the nerve that was pinched just below my neck and, although it wasn’t an instant cure, it was a clear road to health.. Gratitude.
Truly there is nothing so sweet as the return to health. My son who fell 8 feet on his head a couple of months ago is still on a steady path back to his full strength. But the huge scab on his scalp remains as a visceral reminder of how close the edge of our health really is. When I touch it, I am amazed that we walk around every day taking so much for granted. I am even more amazed at how quickly we lose our reverence for the smallest miracles that make us well.
As the pain subsided in my arm and hand I felt like bowing down and standing up in celebration. Ahhhh to have our health, the only thing that allows us any chance at all of experiencing the best that life has to offer. Often we recognize the gifts of health and vitality when they are threatened. Living with continuous pain even for a few days makes you both compassionate for those who spend their lives in pain and grateful beyond words for the opportunity to heal.
Perhaps another synonym for gratitude is health. Just as giving thanks is the highest form of thought, so too is the experience of well being the highest form of happiness. Taking full advantage of the multi-sensory experience of living in a high functioning body is a direct route to gratitude.
by Wendy Strgar May 17, 2018
It becomes hard to trust your own thinking when nothing seems to be working. The space between how I thought it would go and how it is going seems to widen in front of my eyes. Maybe most difficult of all is how often the undesirable outcomes around us spill over into our relationships, both at home and at work. An errant comment too easily turns into an argument. I become blind to my impact on people around me, caught up in the unresolved problems surrounding me. During times like these, we often underestimate the power of the choices we make and how it can create a path back towards what’s working or down the slippery slope of self-destruction, which my husband affectionately calls “flirting with the gutter.”
Here is my short list to making it better when it isn’t working at all. Each one helps you do the next one, so start at the beginning and work your way down.
by Wendy Strgar May 03, 2018
by Wendy Strgar April 26, 2018