September Slow Down

“You’re going to live to be a colorful old bird,” my beloved teacher David told me more than a decade ago. Those words resonated because I was born in a Chinese year of the rooster, and also because I love birds…

Thinking of myself as a colorful bird now, I can’t say that longevity feels like a blessing. While my wings are not broken, they are certainly not functioning properly. There is a huge gap between how I feel and how I would like to feel, and thus between what I can do and what I would like to do.

On March 10th I shared my future self visualization in the post “Your Future Self: A Visualization Practice.” I read that visualization out loud daily until just a few days ago when I realized that my “plans” and “goals” and “intentions” are not happening the way I imagined and desired, due to ongoing health issues.

As I shared in my post “Reaching for Orange to Calm Your Mind,” I was hoping for a diagnosis that would help me to better understand this body, so I went to see a new doctor. Well, I love my new doctor – she is really wonderful, and… she is referring me to a rheumatologist for the not-so-wonderful diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.

That diagnosis was not a surprise, because I had it in the past, but then I did a hypnosis program on myself and I was basically symptom-free for almost 3.5 years… Or was I?

Dear reader, have you ever suddenly realized that the stories you have been telling yourself and others may not have been true? Perhaps you just wanted them to be true? Have you ever experienced that sinking feeling of realizing that you need to face reality more honestly? If you answered yes to these questions, then maybe you will relate to what I’m about to share…

Sometimes a crisis, health or otherwise, functions like a truth serum. I am suddenly faced with taking an honest look at areas in which I have been in denial, such as denying how much anxiety I have, and denying how much impaired concentration I experience daily.

In doing this reality check, I am also wondering if I am really 97-98% healed of the trauma I experienced (as I shared in my post “The Helper Who Helps the Helpers”), or do I just want to be at that level of healed?

And so now I am even questioning if I really was Fibromyalgia-Free for almost 3.5 years as I claimed, or did I just want to be free of it? (Thankfully I did not publish the book I wrote about how I had healed myself from it!) Certainly I still continued to experience many symptoms and sensitivities during that time.

Sometimes we project out what we want to be true, rather than what is actually true. Have you experienced that?

Yesterday I did my month’s end review of my journal and calendar, and reflected upon the keywords I had set for August: Humility, Patience, and Peace… Well! Be careful what you ask for! I am certainly humbled by feeling sick for three weeks and having all my plans fall apart. As for patience, well, it just seems irrelevant to me now! All the striving and worrying and setting goals required patience, but now that I have no idea what is ahead, I don’t really even need patience. What will be will be, at the right time. I have lost all sense of control, so there’s nothing to be patient about. As for peace, I am feeling the peace (in moments) that naturally comes with being humble… so I guess my August prayers were answered, but not in ways I would have wanted or guessed.

So, dear reader, I am facing the reality I am in, and surrendering to my fate… and to my stars… Thus, my September keywords have arisen from the fog of this fibro flare: Slow down, Calm down, Enjoy the small things, Smile, and Cultivate a Sense of Humor.

My main intention is for September to be a slow down month for the StarFire Teja Blog, and in general.

I’ll end this post with a sweet little quote from Mother Teresa: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Thank you for reading!

What are your keywords for September?

 

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Rooster photo by Robert Baker on Unsplash.

 

3 thoughts on “September Slow Down

  1. I’m glad you found a good doctor! I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I can definitely relate to telling myself stories of what I want to be true versus facing reality. Has your doctor recommended a treatment plan or does the rheumatologist set the plan? Does fibromyalgia have a cure? I’m hoping you feel better soon and feel strength!!

    I want to let you know that I got my copy of “Reaching for Orange” this week! Yesterday, I wrote down 3 things I’m grateful for on p. 17 . My goal is to continue reading it and working through the practices and questions during this month of September 🙂

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    1. Dear Andrea,

      Thank you so much for your comment… I've missed you, girl! 🙂
      I assumed you've probably been crazy busy getting used to your new job and new city.

      The new doctor prescribed a med that I can try until I go to see the rheumatologist, but honestly I am super sensitive to everything and so I don't have much hope for it helping. What usually happens with me and meds is I get the awful side effects without being helped. I couldn't get it yet because I insisted on tablets (capsules have gelatin which is an animal product), and they have to get approval from the insurance for the tablets… So perhaps later next week I'll get to try it… As for a cure, there's no cure, but there are lots of things to try and reduce/manage symptoms, like exercise, meditation, diet, etc. And sleep is a big problem, which fingers crossed the med might help with… I'm not sure what the rheumatologist will recommend, but I'm very curious about that.

      Thank you for your compassion!

      I'm so happy to hear that you received "Reaching for Orange"… I hope you enjoy it very much! 🙂

      Sending you so many blessings for all that you're going through during this new chapter of your life… and please just know that you are missed… I hope you are taking really good care of yourself!

      With gratitude and love,
      Teja

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      1. You’re welcome! Yes, work is structured a bit differently so I’ve been focusing on that during these past few weeks. Thank you for educating me about fibromyalgia! I’m curious, too, about what the rheumatologist recommends. I hope you get to try to tablets soon & that the treatment plan helps reduce/manage the symptoms! As always, thank you for your blessings! 🙂

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