|On Our Walk!|
This last week I have been fighting a cold, and one thing I know about myself is, when I get sick, my depression can creep back in. As I understand it, this is not uncommon. The good news is, I am aware of it now, and know that I have to work a little harder to not isolate myself, or get angry at myself for not being able to do my normal routine.
Feeling a bit better, I went to yoga, but still felt off.
The whole time I was practicing, I kept repeating these lines:
I am Wendy.
I am strong.
I am loved.
I am present.
Sending love to all those who are sick.
For some reason, that gave me the strength to get through not only my practice, but the day as well.
An acquaintance of mine confided that his wife has breast cancer. She has been struggling and is confined to the house. It came up as we were talking about addiction. I would have never known. He seems up and happy all the time. Once again, I am reminded of the pain we all carry being human.
The lesson I often have to remind myself, is from Dr. Kristin Neff:
Common humanity vs. Isolation
Frustration at not having things exactly as we want is often accompanied by an irrational but pervasive sense of isolation – as if “I” were the only person suffering or making mistakes. All humans suffer, however. The very definition of being “human” means that one is mortal, vulnerable and imperfect. Therefore, self-compassion involves recognizing that suffering and personal inadequacy is part of the shared human experience – something that we all go through rather than being something that happens to “me” alone.
In yoga, most of my intentions and prayers go to people who are struggling with addiction, or people who are sick. I send it out to the people of the world.
If you are struggling with drinking, or other addictions today, or if you are very sick, please know you are not alone. It often feels like it, I know. Place you hand on your heart and know you are loved, and reach out to hold my hand.
With Joy and Peace,
On Day 1220, or 40 months and 2 days,