Lett's Set A Spell
During the past 18 months, I have written several columns about the various modalities I have embraced while recovering from a car accident. Now, as I make steady progress on healing, I feel led to share what strategies have worked best and may be helpful to others.
After the car accident, I suffered so much that I had to find ways to ease the physical pain and emotional trauma. While it was necessary to have constant physical therapies that required time and travel, I chose to focus on proactive tactics I could enact at home.
First of all, I discovered that while I had always enjoyed walking, now my body was so stiff that I had to move it every day so I vowed to walk religiously. Secondly, I decided to focus on writing something every day, even if it was not exciting, to gain clarity, stimulate the mind and activate the creative juices. Thirdly, I called upon faith to keep me positive while I waited for answers to get well and to soothe my spirit.
Therefore this was my personal approach to moving from surviving to thriving: Walk …Write …Wait.
By now, most people know that moving the body is extremely important to promoting health, preventing sickness and recovering from illness. While I fantasize about being a great yoga practitioner and go through periods of watching tapes and copying the postures, I don’t have the discipline. I keep planning to take tennis lessons from my husband Michael Yarborough, who owns a School of Tennis, but I can’t seem to drive the 10 miles to the courts.
So for lazy people like me the solution is walking. The outdoors is there 24-7 and offers Mother Nature’s fresh air and lovely landscapes. While moving my body and energizing my mind, I also use my mobile phone to take pictures and catch up on news with family and friends.
While young, I discovered that my best outlet for creativity and therapy is writing. Being artistic and intellectual made growing up on a farm difficult because I simply felt most of my family and friends did not speak the same language. I found solace in writing poetry by the pond. I enjoyed writing prose, essays and term papers and editing the school newspaper. After leaving Buckhorn community, for several decades writing was always the main component of my life and career.
After the car collision in November 2011, I turned to writing from the heart more than I had in years. I processed why the accident occurred, what lessons I needed to learn from the experience, and how I could make different decisions to create a better present and a fabulous future. Once again, writing became a healing tool.
As a philosopher and spiritual seeker, I believe that all pain can lead to gain … that all difficulties can help us grow. Often I turn to my favorite verse in The Bible, Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”
While I have been blessed with the trait of persistence ... focusing on what I want and going for it ... patience is not my strong point. I couldn’t understand why the physical therapies were taking so long to relieve the pain. However, I learned to trust that my body and mind needed time to recover from the shock, trauma and injuries. My spirit had to heal, too.
Week after week … month after month … I have lived in alignment with Walk …Write …Wait. Perhaps my fourth W would stand for Win, because I continued to discover practitioners and adopt practices that help me feel healthy again. I am looking forward to continued progress and someday a complete recovery.
AlexSandra Lett is a professional speaker and the author of “Natural Living, From Stress to Rest;” “A Timeless Place, Lett’s Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections about Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.” Lett can be reached at (919) 258-9299 or LettsSetaSpell@aol.com.