Earlier this week, I stepped outside, with a light jacket on, in -30° Celsius weather, to get my mail. I was unaware of a thin layer of ice and snow on the landing of the front steps, so my feet went flying out from under me. I think I was still holding on to the door as I fell. I wasn’t dressed to be outside in the cold for any length of time, but it took me a few minutes to figure out how I was going to get up. I think I opened the door and crawled inside so I could get up on my feet and get out of the cold.
Out of this short episode I ended up with a sprained ankle, one sprained finger and another slightly injured, I think some pulled muscles around my tailbone and some tender muscles in my lower back.
As I write this, I am taking a moment to reflect on the miracle of the human body. I think I can safely say, most of us are very unaware of the intricacies of our bodies and how everything works together. We only become aware when we experience pain or illness and realize how that part of our body is needed for certain tasks we do.
I remember this from when I had surgery on my neck. Muscle tissue was cut to remove some lymph nodes along with my thyroid gland to remove cancerous cells. You wouldn’t believe what body functions are affected by such an injury. I am still affected by this 10 years later.
This week, I have been aware of my body while doing ordinary things that I do every day: using my computer, picking something up off the floor, the act of sitting down or standing up, washing dishes, showering, going to the washroom, getting in and out of my car, driving a vehicle with a standard transmission, picking up something heavy, folding laundry, putting on a pair of socks, putting on my shoes or boots, and taking them off later, and the list goes on. When our bodies are in balance we do all these little things unconsciously.
As my body begins the process of healing, I take time to appreciate the gift and miracle of the human body – of my body. I am in awe of this creation, and how every part of my body is connected to the whole and has an important role in the ability of the whole body to function. As a soul or spirit, housed within this body, I am grateful for the lessons learned from my body and for the human experience I have the opportunity to have while occupying this body here on the physical earth in this lifetime.
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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Practitioner and Certified ThetaHealer® www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca and a Financial Representative. “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 47 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I have been working in Financial Services for the past 16 years educating people about their finances, helping them restructure and reduce debt, invest for the future and properly protect their families. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges has led me to begin practising Reiki and now ThetaHealing®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”