Today I touched the pain of being. I didn’t wake up this morning with that plan. I was quite happy to be working from home, grinding my way through the nitty gritty of developing a course. I went for a walk and the sun was shining. I grabbed a coffee and enjoyed some homemade baking back at my house. Slowly tweaking my course into order.
I had a physio appointment after lunch to work on my neglected, seized up shoulder and neck muscles. I’ve been making some slow progress and expected today to be a typical visit of heat, a couple of new exercises and dry needling. It started that way. In the second exercise my elbow joint locked into the most intense pain.
My physiotherapist jumped on it. She had me lay down and slowly worked on my arm and elbow. I couldn’t stop the tears from streaming down my cheeks. Rationally I knew I was ok and the intense pain was intermittent as I relaxed and let go of trying to move my arm. They tears were coming from the depth of me and didn’t know the rational world was fixing the problem.
After a few minutes my elbow released and I could move my arm again. Just like that the intense pain gone, a soreness and ache in my arm was all that remained.
But this pain had triggered a pain in the depths of my being that didn’t seem logical. I drove home, tears streaming again.
There is a lot of history under those tears; rheumatoid arthritis from the age of 13, a feeling of isolation, unworthiness, and loneliness. A deep understanding of touching pain that questions the will to live.
I have been doing work on this, sometimes half heartedly, sometimes dedicated, not always knowing if it will ever make a difference. Not knowing if I will ever feel worthy, loved, surrounded.
I felt given up on for a moment at physio. I have been working really hard lately to work on my physical health. To do the exercises I need to do. It felt like a huge blow to my progress.
In reality I am moving forward. The changes are small but they are there. I have done my exercises everyday. I emotionally have been going through a hard time with my marriage the last few years and a conversation with my husband several days ago has shifted my emotional torment a little.
I have struggled with why bother for a long time. Why bother has meant years of not putting effort into doing work for my physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Now I have kids, four and seven, and it started with a need to do be there for them.
I also need to be there for myself.
That is the pain. Am I there for myself?
When I touch the pain of my being, can I be kind and compassionate and not beat myself up for not being where I think I should be in my life.
I am here. Right now.
So if you see me (and maybe not the physical me but the other souls who have touched their pain) could you remember to smile and see me, see them.
See them, not their pain.
The beautiful soul that really is there just underneath.