" why me"
"When will this go away "
" I should be more ....this/that ... "
Ring bells with anyone ? Those are thoughts that go through our minds when we aren't our own best friend. I recently twisted my knee surfing - 4 weeks ago now and it stopped me doing anything for the first 2 weeks as we had a ski trip coming up - so I wanted it to be better. This in itself was a real personal battle. Not being able to do the exercise and yoga to my fullest potential was a real struggle.
My knee was still sore when we arrived to the mountains. My saving grace was rubbing dōTERRA's "deep blue" essential oil and rub onto my knee daily - this powerful raw medicinal essential oil can be applied direct to your skin- it has cooling and soothing benefits with natural ingredients*.
I hadn't been skiing much but was super excited; the mountains have something quite special about them - so dosed up on pain killers and anti inflammatory I set off. The crisp air, sun and cold on your face at the same time, fresh powder and lush long wide pistes, Mother Nature at its finest. Not a thought went through my head as I traversed down the mountain completely in the moment. Mediation at its best !!!!
Until.... fear crept in - steep, icy, bumpy run ahead. Thoughts of "I can't do this " " I want to go back " " help"
With a little encouragement from my friends I took a deep breath and made it down - focusing on every turn and move I made - concentration took on a whole new meaning !
I had pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I achieved something I never thought I could do. The buzz was amazing.
Later on, I saw something even more inspirational: a blind person getting lead down the mountain by instructions only. They had complete faith and trust in another human. As they were lead down the mountain they didn't have fear ... Only love and trust. Lesson learnt
I knew my ski adventure would be a personal challenge and bring out things about myself. Life is full of lessons inspirations, teachers, signs - whatever it may be.
I tried to push through the pain each day until I realised that the most powerful tool and thing I could do for myself was to be "gentle". No self criticism and self loathing. I had given myself permission to stop, go slow. As soon as I let go of this battle, I felt an over whelming sense of peace and calm.
I came back to a vital love deep within my heart again and asked myself - How would you treat your best friend / lover / family member??? ....
With a gentle loving heart of course.
By taking this gentle approach with myself I felt my love and empowerment come back.
Take that little piece of gentleness with you today. The next time you are down on yourself ask yourself this: what would you tell your best friend/ family member if they were being hard on themselves?
I found the light and wisdom in myself again, i hope this inspires you too.
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