Dear beloved friends of yoga, hugs and blessings and massive welcome to new readers. Thank you for your trust and faith in me to deliver yoga and wellness blogs which elevate, nurture and inspire you. Today’s post is a brief update on my recent health worries and to affirm that the best way to heal is to totally love and accept yourself.
First of all, have a listen to the great late Whitney Houston sing one of my fav songs the Greatest Love Of All, which sums up, for me, the whole message of today’s post and lessons I’ve learnt over the last few weeks – “learning to love and accept yourself, is the greatest love of all.
The Greatest Love Of All is one of the healing songs I plugged into over the last few weeks to help me maintain a sense of wellness and optimism whilst awaiting the various blood tests and biopsy results.
Well, I’m thankful to say, at my last hospital visit, the consultant said “everything is trending in the right direction and no cause for concern”. Mum and I were delighted and our faces beamed like the morning sun.
Room for Improvement
There is still a lot of room for improvement for me to get my various blood cell levels and the like up to scratch and into the “normal range”… but, I’m cool with that! At least there isn’t anything funky going on and as a strong believer in working with my body’s natural healing properties, I am confident with appropriate self-care and awareness I’ll soon be re-aligned and body in vibrant health:)
Like most people, I know the benefits of taking time out to rest and relax and, with my yoga and life experiences, have a wealth of practical and spiritual tools to reduce stress and care for myself.
Yet when I look back over the past few years, especially since making the decision in 2008 to end my marriage, I feel I’ve let myself go. Many times over the last five years I often felt like I was shrinking inside myself and lost my inner voice. I was running on empty and living life by grasping on the edge of a cliff. It’s been a scary process and unwittingly, I internalised a lot of stress which as my recent medical tests confirms has left me depleted and on an emotional level, unsure of myself and lacking in self-worth and confidence. I put my own needs on the back burner as I was too busy trying to make things OK for my girls, reassure my parents and family I was coping and swimming upstream to manage debts, keep my home and my head above water, and build my business. It was all too much and at the end of the day, I had nothing in reserve and no time or energy left for myself.
The Body Can Only Take So Much
Being told that I was being referred by my GP for an urgent hospital appointment as my initial presenting symptoms and blood test results “might indicate cancer” totally knocked me for six.
I am 50 and want to be an active 90 year old like my Aunty Massey in Grenada who still gets up early and runs her household like clockwork, or my other Aunt, Aunty V, we call her, who is a sprightly 92 year old and has a quiet disregard for anyone under 90 who “moans about their health”. And my hat goes out to my neighbour, Mrs Reed, who was 90 a couple months ago and is up and out every morning with her trolley, hair done and make-up on and wearing one of her colourful twinsets as she goes shopping or out to meet her friends.
Anyway, long story short, I’m back, and as its August and I have the all clear, I’m taking time-out to properly rest and get my health and energy to where I want it to be. I want to wake up and feel more alive, energised and rested; I want to make sure I practice what I preach and sit down to eat my meals, go to bed before 11.00pm, eat wholesome foods and generally put my health and wellness needs firmly on the agenda.
Over the next few blog posts, I would like to share with you the various yoga and healing techniques I am specifically using to settle my nerves and bring a sense of calm, balance and wholeness to my body; especially during the last few weeks as I underwent various medical tests and nervously awaited results.
I hope you’ll find these yoga for healing and wellness posts a useful guide in helping you remain positive and cheerful in the midst of life’s ups and downs.
And, if you know anyone who is feeling stressed-out, anxious and exhausted all the time, kindly let them know what is coming up and you can either forward the posts to them by clicking on your fav mode of social media communication or send them the link to my Free 7-Day Yoga for Self-Care, Inner Peace and Relaxation eCourse – MarvellousYou! which gives you a wonderful insight into the many joys and blessings of yoga for healing and relaxation and as a bonus your friends will receive their own copy of my blogs as soon as they are published. YAY!!! So, go ahead and share the good news.
With love and vibrant health
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