Mind Fog, and Growing Stronger No Matter What
Brown eyed Susans
Today, I’m awakening with numbness is my right forearm and an ache through my body. Lots of mornings lately, I’ve been moving slowly with some sort of pain. At times the pain was so debilitating that I just wanted to lie down and try to escape. At other times, I learned that when I got moving, the pain would reduce. Some of the huge challenge with the pain is the mind fog that comes with it. When the body is screaming about pain, it is very challenging to focus on other topics.
Here are a few things that I’ve been working with to manage pain this summer. I’ve used soothing music to listen to in the night when I would awaken and could not sleep due to pain. The music softly and gently floated me back into sleep. I would plug in my ear buds to keep the music helping me and let my sweetheart still have his sweet repose.
Last night, I felt a deep numbness and pain in my upper arm nerves. I would have reacted to this in the past with anger and a feeling of “Why do I have so much pain all the time?” Last night instead, I was able to image being wrapped up tight in a blanket—and the blanket was physical and had the energy of love. Those thoughts soothed me back into sleep.
I have used healing meditations from Kris Carr. Her positive voice and energy along with being calm and reassuring that my body was healing and taking care of me was very affirming.
I have used positive self-talk. When I would find myself saying disparaging words to myself, I would say, “Cancel, clear,” and then say two positive things that were true such as “My cats love me,” and “The sun is shining in my heart.” That one came a lot when the sun was not shining.
I have a movement practice called Nia that I use to help manage pain and anything that comes up in my body. This practice also uses music to move in ways to pleasure changing the movement, if it causes pain. Another practice in Nia is 5 Stages of Healing.
The 1st Stage involves rolling and moving lying on the ground or carpet softly moving your arms and legs like you are a swimming embryo. Moving on your side, belly, back are all stage one.
Stage two is creeping—move to the belly and the elbow bends to the knee on one side of the body as the other side is long. Then the long side becomes short with elbow to knee and the other side becomes lengthened. One alternates this move.
Stage three is crawling on hands and knees.
Stage four is turning the toes under then lifting the torso to a squat.
Stage five is walking
At any point, one may go back to the previous stage or earlier stage.The stages are done for as short or long a time as desired. One may do them with in silence or with quiet music.
Nia is a somatic practice to use the mind to direct the movements for the greatest ease, alignment, and pleasure. Injury is a great teacher about how alignment works and how to use the mind to ease the healing. Nia is a pleasure based practice. I teach Nia and Nia Moving to Heal at the Winona Friendship Center Wednesdays 4:00pm and Thursdays 5:00pm.
Mind and body are so connected. Let them share the love to help heal and feel better.