How Could Seven Minutes Save My Life? -- Part II
Challenging the Pain
Through the pain, I began to exercise my mind and choose my thoughts. Pain would only allow a few minutes of concentration, so I began to challenge the pain: "For Seven Minutes I will do this crossword, pain or no pain. Pain won't stop me."
"For Seven Minutes, I will write out the multiplication tables up to 20x20, then back down to 0x0. Pain won't stop me."
But the truth is, sometimes pain did stop me - especially at first. Sometimes I could barely make it through 3 minutes. Sometimes I couldn't even make one minute.
I began to look at the pain as if I were an Army General, determined to win myself back from an invading force. In a war there are many battles, and sometimes I could only capture a small portion of my territory: that is, my few minutes of chosen thought. So I would celebrate every bit that I moved forward, even if it was only 30 seconds. All victories are worth celebrating. All victories build and lead to the next victory.
Celebration and Gratitude: The Seven Minute Practice
Several times each day I stood in front of my mirror and looked into my eyes, to find and honor aloud my warrior spirit within. To find and honor aloud my spirit of wisdom within. To find and bulwark the foundation of my life, my inner spark, my inner spirit.
Most of all I looked for the spirit that is me and only me, unique on this Earth, uncopied anywhere in Creation. To speak with my SELF, to promise myself with words of love that I am always there, that I'm never alone, that my own arms are always here to hug me, my own spirit always here to hold me.
Even in the aloneness of pain and fear, I forever and always have ME.
Next, I spoke with love and gratitude to the senses that bring my life to me: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and skin.
Sometimes it was a brief practice, and sometimes longer. The important thing was, my spirit began to shift to hopefulness through the pain. My thoughts became more lucid, and able to focus longer, and to continue a train of thought -even after being interrupted by bouts of pain.
Slowly I discovered answers and workarounds that helped me gain ground toward wellness. I still had many battles ahead...and the gratitude practice inspired me, comforted me, reminded me, propelled me forward.
From being so unwell that I couldn't walk across a room, I'm now working, swimming, playing ukulele and singing!
I sleep well, I dream well, I wake up well.
I'm so happy and grateful for my life. . .
. . . and, with gratitude, I look forward to even more and better!
This Seven Minute gratitude, performed several times daily, became my lifeline, and built a new foundation that grounded me and allowed me to become the self-healer that I needed to be, on my long journey of recovering my life. This Seven Minute Gratitude Practice, is my gift to you. Aloha, Linda