You are stronger than you think you are in all ways; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Yoga teacher training shows me that I am physically stronger than I give myself credit for. My instructors have pushed my body and mind to show me what is possible. I am working on floating to handstands. I have not done handstands since I was a little girl. Here I thought before that my flexibility is what helped me in yoga. Actually, it is my muscular strength that provides opportunity for more flexibility.
Returning to treating patients in a variety of settings has shown me mental strength. I have been in management for over a decade. Treating patients directly for the past year requires me to return to the roots of my training. Creativity in treatment, planning and working with teams has rejuvenated my mental strength in such a rewarding way! I figured out how to have a silver Christmas tree up all year in order to motivate people to exercise, and the state surveyors loved it!
Emotional strength continues to expand for me. Writing my first book, reading it and sharing with others has been filled with the complete array of emotions. In the past rejection was a feared emotion. Now that I have received multiple rejections from publishers, I understand that each rejection is one step closer to the right publishing partner. Actually, every rejection has been kind in words and intent. They are simply not the right person for my story. The greatest part is that this experience is transferable to all aspects of my life. I truly want people, publishers, and partners in my life that want to be there on purpose, not out of convenience. With regards to my book, I continue to submit and keep writing the next book.
Spiritual strength for me comes with release and surrender. Becoming a parent showed me that I have absolutely no control over life. I can take steps to have the best outcome, yet the outcome is not guaranteed. Now with an adult daughter that is starting her life, I realize the power in sending love to her at all times as she learns to navigate the life she desires. I now have the privilege to assist my parents as their health changes. It is another example of surrender.
The challenge I am presented with is taking care of me fully in all of those areas. I am stronger than I thought in those areas, but the goal can no longer be for me to add more obstacles to handle in order to demonstrate all I can handle. I want to honor my strength with respect, kindness and allow for recovery. Life is hopefully a marathon, not a sprint. In order to last, we have to nurture ourselves lovingly. I feel a massage coming my way!