We often take for granted the body that we use on a daily basis. We learned to walk as children, and to use our hands as we needed. An example I often use, is I drive I get into a car, start it, then with the training and experience of years of driving I get on my way. I don’t think about how the car is driving or what mechanical wonders it has under its hood, I just drive. Yes yes, I do make sure it is serviced and that it gets the proper attention it should, but I myself don’t get under the hood.
Hands are however another matter. With the passing of time I have learned to live with minor bouts of arthritis, I’ve watched as my middle finger on one hand developed its own slant and curve, and I’ve accepted it.. what else could I do. Then a few months back I noticed that there was a tingling, and a funny sensation in my fingers that sometimes worked its way up my arm. Had to take notice of that didn’t I. I use my hands daily for a number of things, one big task they perform is that I use a keyboard for hours on end.
When the discomfort began to really be a bother, I began to speak of the malaise. Wonder out loud if you will if it was connected to my being diabetic. When it began to act up enough that I was getting really concerned, I made an appointment with the doctor. After some discussion the leaning is that it is more than likely carpal tunnel … this I’ve had before and dealt with it… (no surgery)…. it was many years ago, I’d forgotten…. and yes…I had also slipped up on the exercises and stretching of the fingers and wrist joints.
PL Principle #15…. I will not do anything overly.
This is a perfect example, where I have been happily going along typing away every day for hours on end and not making time to do exercises, and to rest my hands. It is like driving the car and expecting it to continue functioning at top-notch speeds and efficiency, while I neglect to have it tuned up and keep it gassed up etc. (clinicalposters.com)
PL Principle #1. I will live paying careful attention, putting Makoto (sincerity) into all I say and do.
I got lazy, I didn’t tend to my needs, I got arrogant believing that I could just “keep trucking”, but the “Universe” stepped in and let my body speak … and it did, loud and clear. I have a greater appreciation for the work my hands do for me… and I will at making amends.
PL Precept # 15 .. All is a mirror
PL Precept #20 Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter.
Namaste – Oyashikiri