If you’re like me, when things seem “good”, you want to slow down time and when things are “bad”, you want time to speed up.
I noticed this over the weekend. I was invited to give 2 presentations at a retreat, one in French and one in English. As I am not as comfortable speaking in French as in English, I tend to dwell on it and wish that I could finish my presentation sooner....to "get it over with". This also happens when I’m sick...I wish I can fast forward over my discomfort until I’m well again.
What I realized in trying to fast forward time, is that I was also fast forwarding aspects of my life. At what point will I actually enjoy the time? If I am only waiting until the end to see the outcome then I would have spent my whole life with my thoughts on my future. I decided to shift my perspective of time.
I decided I was going to enjoy every moment leading up to my French presentation and be present during it. If I had the thought of wanting to fast forward something, I would wish to slow it down even more. I decided I wanted to know every moment whether it was comfortable or not.
The pain I had in my neck. I want to explore it further. I no longer wanted to wish it away. Instead, I wanted to be friends with it and learn why it was there.
After spending an entire day trying to enjoy and slow down time, I was amazed at how quickly it passed by. I guess that’s how life is, if you don’t enjoy the moments, they just pass you by.
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A few weeks ago, I was sick with a cold and cough. During this time, my sinuses were so congested that I lost my ability to smell and hence and taste food. It was an interesting experience to eat and not to taste food. It was a good reminder of not appreciating what you have until you’ve lost it.
Think about the time when you sprain an ankle, rib or even toe. You don’t realise how often your body uses a part of itself until it’s injured. Whenever I’ve hurt my ribs, I am reminded of what joy it is to breathe fully and deeply without pain and how I take that for granted.
When I lost my sense of smell, I was able to observe both the good and bad of it. I missed the foods that I loved to eat and I enjoyed that I wasn’t able to smell the gross stinky stuff that I didn’t like. But with that, I also realised that life is a reflection of this. If I go through my life numb, perhaps I wouldn’t get hurt as much or feel the pains and aches. I would also miss out on the joys and the laughter and all the other emotions.
The worst times in life often are followed by the best. The worst breakups have lead to further understanding of who I am and what I stand for. It’s lead to strength through rising up or being picked up by friends and starting again.
Appreciate both the good and the bad times. Buckle up on the roller coaster of life and have fun screaming on the way down! Bring your friends with you and enjoy in the experience together.
My foot started hurting one day and I went through the process of trying to figure out why. Perhaps I had injured it while at the gym the previous day? It’s possible but I didn’t remember it even being sore.
When I took the time to connect and breathe into my ankle, I was able to localize the pain to my heel. I started to ask my heel what it wanted to tell me. Was it in pain from overuse or something else?
What came back were the words, “achilles heel”. Which lead me to ask, what is my achilles heel?
Side note: An Achilles' heel is a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common.
My Achilles Heel is my ability to procrastinate doing something that I don’t want to do i.e. my taxes and then needing to rush to get it done.
I examined my life and observed areas that I was procrastinating in the moment….my taxes, writing a letter for a patient, working on my next presentation, booking an oil change, getting my summer tires on, and the list went on from there….
I laughed at myself and thanked my heel for the message. I gave my heel a couple days rest from the gym, took Arnica for the pain, started on all the projects I’d been procrastinating and the pain is gone.
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It’s easy to say “everything happens for a reason”, “when one door closes, another opens” or “the universe is waiting for the right timing”....after the fact. But how do you believe this during a stressful event?
I still have not figured it out fully, however, after a stressful series of events yesterday, looking back and in the moment, I was able to see where I was guided.
I had to take my car in because it was making “funny noises”. As my regular place could not take me, I had gone to another place. I received a phone call to say that my car had a problem that would cost $600 to fix. For most people, this unexpected cost would elicit a stressful reaction, as it did in me.
Just before I was going to tell them to go ahead and fix the problem, a voice inside my head said, call the dealership. So, I asked the garage to wait and that I would get back to them. I called my dealership and the part turned out to still be under warrenty so I was spared!
When I went back to pick up my car to drop off at my dealership, I had asked someone to meet me so I could get a ride. When I arrived to pick up my car, it was not put back together yet and I had to wait. I was trying to get a hold of my ride who was already on the way and the phone rang and rang...she was driving of course and couldn’t pick up. I decided to send a thought (“telepathic”) message to come back to get me. I also prayed that she would hear the phone ringing many times and know something was wrong. And she did!
At the same time, I had called my husband to tell him what was going on with the car and that I would not have my car for 2 days. It just so happened, he was in the area because he had dropped off his boss at the airport when his boss’s taxi did not arrive! My husband was able to meet me at the dealership.
Everything had worked out the way it was supposed to. It was stressful at the time and I was able to follow my hunches. Looking back, I could see that I was guided throughout the process. The right people were in the right place at the exact moment I needed them to be.
My car is now fixed and I had great learning opportunity in trust.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.