Can’t Rush This
When you experience a trauma it shakes up everything in your life. One part of you may have taken the direct hit, yet your whole being will be impacted in some way. The harm and long-term consequences you experience may be negative, but there is also positivity to be found in the healing journey. That’s what I’ve been experiencing for the last month as I’ve been healing from a car versus bike collision; my bike and I were on the losing end.
I am beyond fortunate to have the family, friends, healers and team that are in my life. They all instantly sprang into action upon hearing of the accident on June 29. If you know me or have followed me for long then you can imagine that I’ve been anxious to get back to “normal” probably since Day 2 or 3. My dear friend, Paul Jernigan, gently reminded me that you can’t rush healing. Instead you must do all that you can to encourage healing and give the body (mind and spirit) the time it needs. Even as a healer myself, I needed that reminder.
Quite a few people have suggested that this experience happened to give me a break from the hustle bustle of my life. Let me tell you, this is not a break. Being in pain, recovering from serious injury, and getting well is exhausting and very hard work. It has definitely given me a new perspective on disability, how the body functions, and both the frustration and grace that comes from having to rely on others.
Was this a message for me to slow down? Maybe. Clearly there is a message of some kind, as there always is. However, I think the true message or lessons I’m to learn in this experience will reveal themselves over time.
Speaking of slowing down – nearly everyone asks me if the driver of the car stopped. She did. Many others stopped to help as well. However, this is a good example of why and how we need to all slow down, take our time, be present with whatever we’re doing and wherever we are, instead of always being in a hurry and living a distracted life.
So what have I been doing to heal? I’m walking the talk of using natural and integrative therapies to heal and recover. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital from the scene of the accident to be checked out. I’ve continued to consult with my medical doctor and orthopedist while engaging with vitalistic modalities, such as chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, physical therapy, energy medicine, massage, and nutrition, etc. I’ll be able to share more in detail once I’ve moved through more of the healing process.
Healing is hard work. It takes time and patience. My common phrases of “inch by inch” and “small changes…big shifts” come to mind. Healing also takes a tribe. In addition to all the health and wellness professionals that are working with me, I have also had my family and a heap of friends orchestrate a schedule to “Michelle-Sit” so that someone is with me and helping around the clock.
I am beyond blessed! I am grateful that while the injuries I incurred were severe, I did not suffer any head trauma. I am thankful that I have the knowledge, know how, and access to pull together a tribe of integrative healers alongside my medical doctors in order to get the holistic care I want, need, believe in, and promote to others.
While I’m more mobile now, a month in, I still have healing to do before I’ll be able to fully return to work, see clients at Your Wellness Connection or get back on the road for speaking engagements. Again, I’m blessed with a team at YWC that is keeping everything running smoothly, and fellow practitioners who are caring for my clients. I’m also blessed with a team on the other side of my business that is supporting my radio show, writing, speaking and consulting. I am so humbled and filled with joy by all the sweet calls, emails, social media messages/comments, cards and flowers that I’ve received from my entire community.
Can’t rush this. It is a lot, but it is a day by day, inch by inch effort to give my body (mind and spirit as well) what it needs and encourage healing. I hope you’ll take this account and apply the lessons to your own health and healing, whether it is for a broken bone, rebalancing hormones, treating a syndrome, or getting over a cold. Give your body the nutrients, holistic, and if necessary, medicinal support, and time it needs to heal. Allow your tribe to love you up and help in your healing. Be gentle with yourself.
Hugs for your Health,
Originally posted July 31, 2015