In my last post, I shared how hard the car accident and injury recovery process has been on my physical, mental and emotional state. Often frustrated by the limitations of my injury and where I am in regaining back my range of motion and strength, I found myself in a constant state of disappointment and had a difficult time practicing what I teach:
Listen to your body. Be kind to yourself. And always honor your body.
I didn’t realize how much I relied on my left shoulder to support my everyday functions until I was injured. I also didn’t realize how hard it would be to not be able to do the simple things like move my left arm to shower, put on clothes or tie my hair. As a result, I gained a new appreciation for what my body does for me.
One of the greatest moments in life is realizing that two weeks ago, our body couldn’t do what it just did.
When I finally gained my range of motion, I started to return to yoga with a more gentle approach, focusing my practice on Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and working my way into Mindful Vinyasa. This change helped me focus on slowing down so that I could take care of my injury while adding more movement back.
It also helped me return back to meditation to restore the light in my heart, the patience in my mind and the strength in my body. It taught me that healing starts from a place of self love, patience and acceptance of where we are in our lives, not where we were or where we will be. Just where we are now and where we need to be.
So if you’re ever experiencing limitations, injuries or emotional/mental pain, allow yourself to embrace your current state of mind and body. Be compassionate to yourself so you can focus on healing in whichever manner your mind and body needs.