Healing

Yesterday afternoon I accidentally cut my thumb.  It was just a nick, but it actually went a little-deep – I pierced a good 2-3 layers of skin.  The cut isn’t very long (1/8th of an inch or so), but it is located in a prominent place (at the tip of my thumb) – so every time I attempted to grasp anything for the remainder of the day (a fork, a pen, my toothbrush) I felt a twinge of pain and physical irritation.

Yesterday the injury site was bloody and raw.  I went through several band aids over the course of the evening trying to keep my thumb dry and clean.  Before bed I put a big dab of ointment on the cut, wrapped my thumb in a heavy-duty bandage, and hoped that lots of clotting would occur overnight (or at the very least that I wouldn’t get blood on the sheets).

This morning I woke up, unwrapped my thumb, and was relieved to see that my white blood cells has been working overtime while I slept: a protective shell was starting to form over the still-too-new, prematurely exposed deeper layers of red skin.

As I went through my day today, I occasionally felt a jolt of a tiny electric current if my thumb came into contact with a surface in just the ‘right’ way.  While my thumb was no longer throbbing like it had been last night, it was still clearly in need of a little extra consideration.

But the injury occurred less than a day ago.  So to have my body shift from “ow, pain!” to “ooh, careful, that kind of stings” to “oh yeah, remember to watch out for that little nick” in a matter of only hours amazes me.  And what genuinely delights me is that my body was (is) able to heal itself.  With absolutely no intervention on my part, with zero direction from my mind, my body knew exactly which actions to take: which cells to generate, which antibodies to produce, which messages to relay.  My body contains levels of knowledge and wisdom my mind simply will never possess; so for as smart as I might think “I” am, my body is infinitely smarter.

And my body didn’t decide to heal itself (“me”) because I’m a ‘good’ person, or because I’m ‘worthy’ of healing, or because I hold certain beliefs or aspirations or goals… My body healed itself (me) because that’s simply its nature.  It will always strive towards health, towards balance, towards wholeness; it will always do its best to show me compassion.

I was genuinely heartened by these awarenesses, and by how amazingly cool they all are.  They are marvelous in the most literal sense of the word.  Talk about something to celebrate and be happy about!

Stef

P.S. My “injury”, 24 hours later. Clearly, I’ll live. 😉

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A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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24 Responses to Healing

  1. Ruth says:

    Happy your body knows what to do- it is amazing! The innate knowledge to heal. Glad the injury no worse.

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  2. Touch2Touch says:

    Well, love —
    you kept it clean and dry.
    You put on ointment.
    You wrapped it in a heavy-duty bandage.
    You gave it a little extra consideration.
    Not exactly chopped liver.

    Your mind IS part of your body. They do the job together.
    IMHO
    🙂

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    • Stef says:

      Yes, I did ‘my part’ – but no matter how much action I took, “I” couldn’t have coordinated all of the actions required to facilitate healing; and that is what I find so amazing, and so generous of my body.

      And I do agree that body and mind work together, and that the mind is part of the body (and vice versa) – but often people prioritize the mind and downgrade the body… and so, I like to remember that while the mind can think, the body is incredibly wise. too. 🙂

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  3. Our bodies are amazing Stef,
    look after it & be good to yourself,
    David

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  4. ElizOF says:

    The body is an intelligent instrument of life… It never ceases to amaze me how it works hard to help us stay alive and well. As I get older, I an both in awe and filled with gratitude for my body and the effort it makes to help me get well and stay well. 🙂
    Hope your thump heals completely soon… 😉
    Eliz

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    • Stef says:

      Eliz, it really is amazing how hard our bodies work – they never get a complete rest, yet they rarely complain. Incredible.

      Thank you for your comments, and your well-wishes; I appreciate them both! 🙂

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  5. The body and Mother Nature in general have such amazing healing powers!

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  6. Barbara says:

    Our bodies are so amazing! That is one of the neatest things about my job; being forced to contemplate what is going on inside – on the very smallest scale.
    While the body can care for itself, it us also amazing how it can turn on itself (auto immune diseases); and how tiny little bacteria / viruses can send it into a tailspin!
    I wish I had more time to study our amazing bodies!
    Thank you for being someone who doesn’t take for granted all the stuff going on behind the scenes inside – we are miracles!

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    • Stef says:

      Barb, when I stop to think about how our bodies (and lives) function at the tiniest levels – and how something smaller than a grain of sand can wreak havoc (OR can deliver intense relief) – I am just awed. We absolutely *are* miracles; and I’m glad I have friends around me who share that perspective. 🙂

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  7. Our bodies certainly are amazing creations! Love the magic they allow us to observe.

    One good thing about getting a slight injury is it allows us to truly see what we have and how we use it. With this reminder, we hopefully will take less for granted. I know I certainly do!

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    • Stef says:

      “Magic” is a *perfect* term to describe our bodies – wonderful.

      And yes, a small injury is enough to help me live with increased gratitude, without enduring suffering as well. A little awareness can go a very long way… 🙂

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  8. carlaat says:

    Right on, Stef! I’m in body appreciation mode too. 🙂

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  9. Hallysann says:

    Your right thumb seems to be getting all the attention, the ointment and bandages from you, the extra healing help from inside, the protective sheltering comands sent from the brain … I think the left thumb could do with a little praise too for all the extra things it’s had to do while the right thumb is taking a rest. So “come on left thumb, well done!”.
    😀

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    • Stef says:

      Hallysann, you are absolutely correct! Left thumb, you have been one heckuva trooper, pulling extra duty and getting no credit or recognition for it. But buddy, you are dynomite! You are grasping and pushing and bending like nobody’s business – thank you left thumb! You rock!!

      🙂

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  10. Glad it was only a small cut and it’s already doing better! 🙂

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  11. A bit late on the scene but hope it’s better now. 🙂

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