It’s been well over a month since I last wrote on my blog, and a big thank you to everyone who wrote to see if everything was OK!
There’s a couple of reasons why I haven’t been blogging as usual – one is that it’s been that wonderfully busy spring retreat season again, and over the last six weeks there have been two amazing Embracing Life! Retreats- the first one being at the Sunshine Coast of QLD and the next at the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Both were sensational retreats with great people and we’ve all enjoyed sharing the time together immensely!
The other reason I haven’t been writing much lately has to do with my physical health. A month ago I woke up on a Sunday morning in excruciating pain and couldn’t move my neck, arms or shoulders – it was incredibly painful and I spent the next three days and nights barely able to function (and not even a second of sleep!) whilst I sought healing from my chiropractor and massage therapists. After four days my chiro got a really good adjustment in, and the pain level subsided by about 50% – but left me with numb arms and hands with a strong pins and needles feeling.. And I had a retreat to run!
So unless I was on my deathbed, nothing was going to stop me running a retreat! However, I knew that I needed to take it easy and not do to much – so I am forever grateful to Jo and Ange, the Embracing Life! Team who came with me to Victoria, who made it very easy for me to just do my lectures and not have to do much else – especially physically – thanks so much guys!
Over those few weeks I’ve taken all sorts of natural anti-inflammatory supplements, herbs, foods – had chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, trigger point massage, neurolink sessions, myotherapy, emotional blockage work – you name it I’ve done it! That’s been interspersed with Epsom salts baths, meditation, hot packs, ice packs, resting, and looking for insight as to what triggered such a huge physical problem. And, just in case you think I’m an absolute purist – I’m not – I have taken painkillers when I’ve had to – but found that they didn’t really work anyway.
Computer work really has had to slide for a few weeks, very frustrating I must say! But now I’m getting to the point where there is only mild pain and some numbness left in about two fingers on each hand – so I’m almost there!
As I teach at the retreats, the body is always sending us messages – it’s just whether we listen or not, and how we interpret that message. I am now exploring what this issue means for me. Is it purely a physical reaction from being on the computer too many hours, and a message to slow down and get some more balance? Possibly. Is it an emotional response from certain personal issues in my life? Quite likely there is a connection. I haven’t had the lightening bolt of clarity hit yet, in exploring what it’s all about, but when I do, I’ll let you know!