What Your Back Can Teach You.
Recently my back went out. It was a result of over use and deciding to sleep on the floor.
It’s been a challenging experience that is still affecting me 2 days later. Even as I type this, I feel woozy as the results of the muscle relaxers I am taking.
My mother encouraged me to look for the lessons in this experience. So here are four things I learned about myself when my back went out.
1.The Human Body is Frail.
My body is mostly reliable. However, whenever it stops working I remember that it is also frail.
I am always amazed how the body can do so many things. But it’s very easy to take this for granted.
It’s important to find a balance between activity and rest; challenge and recuperation; pressure and ease.
If we don’t respect this balance trouble ensues.
2. No Part of the Body is Dispensable
We tend to preference some parts of our body over others. Nevertheless, every piece of your body is important.
Everything in our bodies is integrated. If one part gets hurt, the other parts do more.
Respect every part of your body. You may not realize what you use it for until you can’t use it anymore.
3. Partnership and community –
We all want to think we are self-sufficient. As soon as you become ill or injured, you realize how foolish this is. If it weren’t for my partner and my friends at yoga school, I would’ve been in big trouble.
Developing healthy relationships and community is one of the most important things we can do to support our body and mind.
4. Universal Health Care
Every time I get sick or injured, I am reminded that we need universal health care. No one should ever have to think about the cost of going to get a serious medical condition checked out.
When I broke my arm and hand in a bicycle accident I didn’t go to the hospital for 3 days because I didn’t have good insurance. If you are hurt, you shouldn’t have to think about how insurance effects you. You should just be able to go to the hospital.
We need universal health care in this country. No one should have to delay treatment because they don’t have enough money.
A Learning Moment
Being sick of injured is hard. We realize how helpless we are in the face of impermanence. I didn’t enjoy getting hurt, but I try to get the lesson out of every situation.
Be grateful for health everyday, because you never know when it will be taken away.
-Reflect on a time you were injured.
-What did it help you realize about yourself and the people you care about?
-What could you do to help someone you know is suffering?
-Don’t wait until you’re sick; offer help to others who need it.
Offer gratitude in advance to those who would care for you if you got sick.