Maybe you think that you’ll start to be compassionate with yourself as soon as you get over this injury, or as soon as this repetitive stress injury heals and you can get back to work or playing violin. Sometimes it can feel that by “accepting” our pain or injury, that we are somehow condoning it or giving up on trying to get better. In my experience, it’s exactly the opposite. When we invest both in the physical aspect of the healing process (whether it’s Alexander Technique or physical therapy or exercise), AND invest in healing the mental suffering that is undoubtedly going on, we are much more likely to succeed.
That’s why my workshops are called Vitality and Compassion. We certainly want to create a body that is energized, upright, and healthy. But also, we often need help in cultivating a mindset that is positive, constructive, and friendly to ourselves in the process. Injury and pain can be a time of deepening one’s relationship with himself, where we don’t give up on ourselves just because we feel like we’re in the gutter.
At my free workshop this Sunday at the Park Slope Food Coop, I’ll be discussing more about this dynamic relationship between engaging our body and our state of mind in the healing process. Hope you can make it!