Start Where You Are

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Take a moment to experience yourself just as you are. Feel the weight of your legs and back in the chair or bed.  With your next exhalation, let your body settle a bit more into the chair or bed. Feel tension leaving the small muscles around your eyes, your jaw, your neck, your upper back. With the next inhalation, gather up all the tension in your body and in your mind, and let relaxation cascade from the top of your head all the way down and out the bottoms of your feet, as you now take three slow breaths into your belly.  Close your eyes as you complete the breaths.

Start where you are

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ~ Marie Curie

Acknowledge with kindness where you are and what it took to get here.

How much pain and limitation and other symptoms you might have now,

How long you’ve been managing with this condition,

What kind of process this has been,

Whether you had a quick diagnosis and got clear very quickly about surgery, or what other treatments you may have tried, perhaps with discouragement and expense.

How are you holding all of that right now, in this moment. Release with kindness what’s come before.

You’ve been interrupted in the middle of everything you’re engaged in- your career, your family and friendships, your personal practices and leisure activities, your community involvements and even your inner life. All of it has been disrupted and impacted.

You may be blaming yourself, or hating the affected part of your body.

It’s like an inflammation of the whole mind and whole life. So let’s take another moment to settle ourselves. And release with kindness what’s come before.

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