Recognition & Letting Go
At the end of last year, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident that left me with a whiplash injury. I have never experienced whiplash before and never fully appreciated the severity of it.
A couple of days after the accident, my nervous system went into a complete state of overstimulation. I experienced extreme fatigue, jitters, pain, severe headaches, and an inability to focus or concentrate. Being so in tune with my body, mind, and emotions, and living in a state of balance for many years, I quickly recognized how unwell I was.
I started various therapies to help my body heal from the impact of the accident. Also, as a mindfulness practitioner, I knew that I had to increase my practices to help my body rest and reset, and to allow my emotions to be released.
For several weeks, I couldn’t spend more than 15 to 30 minutes working due to severe headaches that made it difficult to focus or concentrate. More than ever before, I had to be gentle, compassionate, and kind to myself.
I knew I had to rest and recover; however, my mind/ego wanted desperately to take control of the situation!
I was experiencing an internal dilemma between knowing what was best for me and my ego’s desire to keep pushing forward. After all, I had bills to pay, I had commitments, I had plans, and I had to reach my goals! Fortunately, I was very aware of this dichotomy within me and my mindfulness practice helped me notice it, sit with it, and let it go. Again and again, I had to come back to mindfulness attitudes of non-judgment, patience, trust, acceptance, non-striving and most of all of letting go. If I didn’t, what was just a minor injury could turn into a long-term problem.
Mindfulness is a Process
Mindfulness looks different for everyone, but it is more than just sitting in stillness—that’s the easy part. Bringing mindfulness into everyday life is a process that starts with learning how to be still and by noticing what’s present in your body, mind, emotions, and environment.
Mindfulness is a simple and profound concept but difficult to practice effectively, especially when you need it most. One cannot simply learn mindfulness on the spot, it is a practice that needs to be cultivated—so you can rely on it during difficult times. Fortunately for me, when I needed it most, I already had a very well established mindfulness practice.
Today, I am better and more than ever, I am committed to sharing this powerful gift with others. If you want to learn how mindfulness can enrich your life, join me for the powerful 8-week smartUBC mindfulness training. smartUBC will introduce you to mindfulness practices, help you learn the science behind it, and connect you to a community of like-minded people.
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