It’s 6:14 am on January 4th.
I thought I did the most loving thing for my body last night, but this morning I’m not sure.
I’ve been living with chronic back pain for about 4 years. The pain is consistently an issue, sometimes it’s hardly noticeable, other times it flares up.
It is currently in the flare up cycle. I went to the acupuncturist yesterday for my second apt. and have found both times that the pain actually increases after my procedure.
Last night I thought the most loving thing to do would be to trust my body to heal its self. I wanted to take an aspirin or a muscle relaxant, but decided to let my body’s energy flow uninhibited.
This morning after an interrupted nights rest due to acute pain, I’m not so sure it was the best choice.
This is where my belief system gets tested. Sometimes making the loving choice is confusing.
Do I love myself by trusting my body to heal itself through non-medication, more holistic approaches like acupuncture? Do I listen to the pain and tell it I’m paying attention, and am sending help its way.
Is the loving thing patience and perseverance, or is it more loving to take an anti-inflammatory so I can sleep better and subdue my experience of pain, even if it interferes with my body’s ability to work naturally?
O.K. I noticed its 6:25 am; I’ve gone one minute past my guideline of 10 minutes.
I will bring my ice pack to work with me today, call my acupuncturist and ask for her help in deciphering what the most loving thing will be for my body today.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!
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