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06/26/2014 12:43 pm ET Updated Aug 26, 2014

Wheelchair Wisdom: Living the Fearless Life

What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are. -- Epictetus

Here's another example of transformation: I have more difficulty with my hands in the hot, humid Philadelphia summer. My right hand is much less mobile than it used to be. I am forced to type with one finger. I have to eat exclusively with my left hand. My thumbs (which act as my legs when I accelerate my electric scooter) are stiffer and less predictable when I ask them to operate the scooter.

My neurologist thinks that MS might be progressing. As I wrote this paragraph, I experienced a small amount of writer's block. I said to my assistant, Judi, "So what do I do now?" At that second, my phone rang. So she said, "You're going to answer the phone... with your hand." Of course!

The challenges with my hand have presented an opportunity for me to practice shifts in perception that I have illustrated in previous articles. My neurologist's observation threw me into acceptance. I was forced to accept the reality of what is. I don't like it, but I've accepted it. And you can be sure I still get my nails done every week!

EXERCISE:

Look at your hands. What do you experience as you look at them? Do you only notice their color, wrinkles, age spots, or their other unique physical features? Or, do you think of what those hands have been through in your life, and how they have supported you? They have signed your name thousands of times, they have fed you, scratched your nose, gripped a bicycle handlebar or a tennis racquet, tied your shoes, gently touched the face of a loved one. Noticing or remembering all these things is your perception of your hands.

Now close your eyes and focus on your hands. Feel their tendons, muscles, bones, even the blood flowing in them. You may notice some tingling or vibration. You may notice some stiffness or pain. This is what your hands actually are in the present moment. But don't forget to acknowledge and thank your hands for being your friends.

Can you see or feel the difference between your perceptions of your hands and how your hands actually are in the present moment? It's the difference between reading a book about sailing and actually being on a sailboat.

Transformation is a metamorphosis, a shift, a transition to being and living in the power of now.

PRACTICE

  • Notice the stories you have around your body and practice being complete with what's so.
  • Keep giving up conversations on how it should be or how it is supposed to be.
  • Notice conversations from your past until you are complete with what's so.
  • Being complete with what's so is what begins the transformation.

Hold peace in your heart,

Linda

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