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Living In The Moment

Posted on: August 24, 2011

As practitioners and teachers of bodywork (Pilates, yoga, massage—it doesn’t matter which modality) we frequently remind our clients to enjoy the present moment, to let go of the stresses of the day (can’t change the past) and not to worry about what lies ahead. Though I often speak of this, do I really walk the walk?

Just a few hours ago, I realized how much tension I was holding about the supposed future, about data I don’t yet have. My mind was spinning stories. I was doing everything I tell my clients not to do.

If you just joined in: in the beginning of July, after a bad bout with flu and sinus infection, I completely lost my voice, which has still not improved. In theory, it’s a temporary (on the order of months to maybe a year) nerve injury. My otolaryngologist has sent me for several tests to rule out other problems before pursuing a potential temporary semi-fix. (Yes, lots of qualifiers there. I’m staying hopeful.)

Yet, yesterday, rather than simply scheduling the consult appointment for the procedure to fix me (in theory), which was the original plan, the new plan is apparently to send me for more consultations with another ENT, a neurologist, perhaps someone who specializes in larynx problems……

It suddenly hit me: why the change in plans? Is there something the first round of tests found that I wasn’t told about? Should I be worried? I know the body all too well, and started going through the mental checklist of deadly diseases…..

And then I reminded myself of what I tell my clients: live in the present moment. Right now is the only guaranteed time we have.

The tendrils of worry started to release their grasp from around my brain. If there is a serious problem, I’ll find out in my appointment next week with the doctor. Until then, I’m not going to let the unknown ruin my precious days.

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3 Responses to "Living In The Moment"

Living in the moment is hard to achieve, but definitely something we should all strive for.

You shouldn’t be hard on yourself for dwelling on your health issues– those freak everybody out, and rightly so! If you are having questions, call up/email your physician and get answers if you can. Better to know than just go along with the plan, and great to be active in your health decisions!

Hope you get more information soon, and that all will be well!! Enjoy the sun while you can 🙂

Hey,

Thanks for the encouragement. Unfortunately, I’m a rare case, and the two specialists I’ve seen thus far have two totally different opinions (other than… “just wait a long time, and you’ll eventually get better”) So, I really don’t know who I would ask, either!

I consider myself lucky to know the body really well, though, so that I can toss around anatomical terms during an appt and be able to speak their same language….

Meanwhile, I’ll do my best to enjoy. Spending this weekend somewhere sunny! 🙂

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