Hi Mellisa 2
Last week, some of you may have seen a long post on the AmericanMussar Facebook Page that commented on a New York Times article called "What I Wish Ibd Known About My Knees
" You see on December 30th, the day after I turned 50, I woke up with knee pain. Torn meniscus, plus a few other banged up ligaments. Six months of PTlater, it is marginally better. Well, I should say it doesn't hurt when I'm doing nothing, which is an improvement.
Before reading the article, I was very frustrated. I so wanted the knee to just get it better. But the article points out, the treatment options are limited. Then, I was reading about the soul trait of Acceptance. It is very similar to the concept of surrender that Eckhart Tolle writes about. We need to make peace with what is. We can go to greatlengths to fight what is, which can result in nothing but worry and suffering. When we accept what is, we can then take appropriate action.
This point was reinforced when I listened to Russ Harris interviewed
on the One You Feed Podcast. Russ Harris is a therapist, and champion of the ACT methodology,which makes acceptance of what is the core of living. You don't have to like it or agree with it, but fighting what is just leads to more pain and suffering, without changing anything.
Am I the only one who has their spiritual practice follow them, with the same message showing up again and again? OK, I get it, I'm listening. I need to accept that my knee will never be the same. Time to move on and deal.
Instead of 4 hours aweek of PT, I'll try to work in some more aerobic exercise to lose some weight. I am hungry a lot, and eat for stress relief. Thankfully my weight is not a big issue, but losing 5 or 10 pounds will help the knee. This is a lesson in Humility. I am not the center of the universe, and the things I can control are limited. This knee pain is an opportunity for spiritual growth, and I want to stop sulking and treat it as such.
And as it happens, Humility is the soul traitI started practicing on Sunday. For once, working on Humility is a bit of a relief.
I hope you are having a wonderful and joyous summer.
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