For the last two weeks I’ve had to deal with a whole lot of fibromyalgia pain. Before you all go running around telling me that I need more magnesium or Vitamin D, or B vitamins; know this I’ve been taking all of them regularly and even upped my ASEA during this time of a massive flare-up. This morning as I was praying it dawned on me that I haven’t cried in a long time. For me, a good cry alleviates more than just cleaning out my tear ducts; it also unloads my heart, my spirit, and helps me let go of that which I can do nothing about.
Interesting when my good cry was over guess what else went away too? Yep, my fibro pain became non-existent once again. So I decided to do some digging into how crying is good us. Dr. William H. Frey II says crying is a natural way to unlock emotional stress. This I found interesting since many of my fibro flare-ups are caused by emotional stress that I hold onto for dear life. Crying also lowers blood pressure, which is probably why I’m so much more relaxed right now. Here’s a big one for me, before I had my good cry, my eyes itched constantly even though I was spraying them with the ASEA every chance I could. Through our tears toxins are removed from our body. And this one that I think I’ll need to do more research on. A good cry reduces our body’s manganese level. This is interesting since the concentration of this mineral is 30 times greater in our tears than in our blood. Oh and did I mention this mineral affects our mood, too. Okay, here’s the biggest piece of information I needed to know and thought you would also like to know. Crying releases our body’s own natural pain killers.
Did you hear that? No wonder I feel so much better, I just unlocked the door to my own body’s natural painkillers.
You are probably wondering what would I need to cry about? Well, let me tell you life is difficult, and sometimes you need a good cry to get over the next hurdle in life. We all have setbacks, hurdles to climb over, and disappointments. So the next time my fibro acts up I’m going to remember that a good cry may be just what I need to cleanse my body and spirit and activate my natural pain killers.
Thinking I should schedule a good cry once a month on my calendar for my health’s sake.
Many years ago a friend used to tell me that you can tell a lot about a people when you scan the titles on their bookshelves. My bookshelf personality screams loud a clear that I don’t read fiction but I could live in the non-fiction section of any book store or library. A couple of weeks ago I started reading a book that I picked up at a free book sale that my local library was setting up. All the books were free. A book hound never turns down the opportunity to get free books. I remember that day well. I was only going into the library to return some books and movies, I never planned on spending an hour scouring the tables of neatly placed books and magazines of all kinds. But I did and to my benefit I stumbled on a book that has really got me thinking about life in general and all the stuff I think I really need.
Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh was written in 1955, yet its premise still holds true today. The author wrote this little book for herself to help you find balance in her own life between family, work, and household obligations. I find myself relating to this author because her mind worked better with “pencil in hand,” and she was able to distinguish her “own little corner” of life when wrote. I find myself writing to make sense of my own life. I too am constantly searching for my “own little corner.”
This little book has also lead me to begin shedding the unnecessary items I’ve kept for my entire married life thinking that I would some day use them when in reality I’ve only used them once or twice in 28 years. The process is called shedding. It’s like shedding our winter wardrobe for our summer clothes. So far I’ve sold jewelry I don’t wear, shoes I don’t need, sewing machines I don’t use, plates we never eat on, clothes that are not my size, and stuff that has filled my closets for too long. Maybe this shedding process should be called a freeing process. It’s liberating to get rid of stuff that has been holding me back. Don’t get me wrong I love looking at pretty things but I really don’t like dusting those pretty things. Plus, I know that if something were to happen all these things would just be given away.
I am not my things and my things are not me
but set my books side by side and you will see me from the inside.
My bookshelf personality!
Such a big gap lies between knowledge and wisdom. People often mistake that gap for nothing, but it is truly filled with something unique. How many times have we heard the expression “He/She is book smart”? Or “Knowledge is power”? Or my favorite “Little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”? These are often said of people who are knowledgeable but something is missing, that missing point is application.
You can have all the knowledge in the world and still not be powerful. What good is being book smart if you don’t apply what you know? A little knowledge that is kept under wraps does no one a bit of good. So how do we get from knowledge to wisdom. We apply the knowledge we have to every situation or circumstance we find ourselves in.
This is what it would look like. I’m using myself as an example, since I understand the knowledge I have.
I have extensive knowledge about alternative therapies for wellness. When I get sick, (I haven’t been sick for quite some time) I ask myself what I did that led me here. I don’t run to the doctor for every sniffle or cough. I look at what I did or didn’t do that led to me being sick. Lately, I’ve been waking up with a stuffy nose. There is no need for me to run for a decongestant when I know what’s causing it. A couple of days ago I had cheese, and from my own knowledge about my allergy to dairy this is what happens to me. So I lay off the cheese, and drink more water and fenugreek tea (gets rid of mucus). No more stuffy nose. This is called applying what I know.
How about something bigger. We all know that doing a good job while at work is rewarded. For me that reward comes with more clients, and word spreads. Say I do a good job for two clients and they each tell four of their friends, and these eight friends become new new clients. By me applying my knowledge to help two clients just got me eight new clients.
Knowledge in and of itself is not powerful. Application is powerful. Application can change your world if you just apply what you know in the best possible way. Our repetitious use of our knowledge in all of life’s experiences is what leads to wisdom. But wisdom is an interesting thing, because just when you think you have it, is when it slips away. Instead of searching for knowledge which will only take you so far; search instead for ways of application.