Sometimes there are times in our lives when things are just stressful in many areas. We have to go somewhere, we have to help out someone, old feelings and responses come up, old stories are spinning in our heads. And we just have to do it. At these times, I think we try to do all sorts of things to help us feel better, to help us sleep, to help us handle the situation. These things could be exercise, yoga, natural medications, supplements, homeopathy, meditation, eating something we really, really love, like chocolate, having a stiff drink, etc. And all these things help, and they don’t help. Perhaps it is to just accept where we are, what needs to be done, cry if we need to, talk to friends, be nice to ourselves, laugh, scream, and accept how it is. That it isn’t forever. Be where you are.
A patient of mine is helping her mother move from her home that she has lived in for almost 18 years. A home that her mother loves, but it is just too big and too much to care for. The mother is moving into an assisted/retirement community that she has chosen. She will live in an apartment, the most independent type of place they have there. She doesn’t need assistance, but the assistance is there when she may need it. This is the situation. The facts so to speak. Be where you are.
For my patient, she wants to help. And it brings up things of her own. Things of the past. And she has her own responses to it as well, that show up emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Acceptance, patience, gratitude, anger, laughter, resentment, happiness, crying, sadness, fear, confusion, observance of self. These are all human feelings, and they come up. Accept them. Be where you are.
As a homeopath, I know that these human responses are usual. They are on the human level. And in addition to these, there are the automatic responses that each of us have when we are stressed, or in a stressful situation. I think this is where homeopathy helps. Homeopathy doesn’t change the situation and it doesn’t necessarily change our responses to the situation, at the time, but it helps in that it gives some ease, by giving us a little distance, as if we say to ourselves, “oh, I see what I am doing and feeling”. Like we are witnessing ourselves. Be where you are.
A friend and colleague posted this quote of Pema Chodron on Facebook. It seems so fitting to what I am writing here. It may be easier to say than to do.
“Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have so we might as well work with it rather than struggle against it. We might as well make it our friend and teacher rather than our enemy.”
Be where you are.
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