I have signed up for a 21 Day Gratitude Challenge through KindSpring. Twenty one days of appreciation! Each day the participants receive a prompt to help focus thoughts and ideas …. this is Day 1, the prompt is ‘Sufficiency’. Are you interested too?
This was in the email I received this morning …
True abundance does exist; it flows from sufficiency, in an experience of the beauty and wholeness of what is. – Lynne Twist
Day 1: What Do You Have Enough Of?
The Idea: Let’s kick-off this challenge with the introduction of a very special concept: “Sufficiency”. A state of being that is in touch with all the resources, both inner and outer, that we each have in any given moment. Sufficiency doesn’t mean living in denial or with an absence of aspiration. It just means that you are fully aware of what *is* in your life and that you are not blinded by the things you don’t have. Today, then, take some time to reflect on your places of sufficiency. List them down in your gratitude journal, or if you’re feeling artsy, create a collage of words or a drawing that captures all that you have enough of. As we learn to be attentive to all that we have, we discover true abundance. For more inspiration read this beautiful passage by Lynne Twist on The Surprising Truth of Sufficiency.
So I ask myself, what do I have enough of? Oh so very much … enough breath, enough light, and dark, and coolth and warmth, enough space, enough company and family and friendship, enough food and education, enough opportunity and challenge …. but I would like to tell you how grateful I am for the recent surgery on my jaw.
About eight years ago a molar cracked, just as we were leaving for three weeks in Bhutan, Nepal and India. The dentist put a band around it, and it was treated when we returned home. Somehow an infection in the tooth ran down into the gum and was subsequently isolated from the rest of the jaw by hard sclerosed bone encapsulating it. It looked like a small dark sphere on xray. According to dental practice it was nothing to worry about, but my dentist is doing his PhD on bacteria in the jawbone, so he watched it carefully. I reported symptoms such as sore glands on the left side, and each time I had a cold it would go to my left sinus, ear, neck and so on. Still theoretically it could not be coming from the jaw infection. A year ago he removed the tooth behind the troublemaker and tried to drill into the sclerosed bone from that angle. Unfortunately there was no change on subsequent xrays, although it appeared the bone under the recent extraction was healing satisfactorily. This year I had a couple of strange minor epileptic seizures, and I noticed the ‘tooth’ was symptomatic again. My herbalist and I both decided it would have to go. Any infection so close to the brain could be making my brain oversensitive and reactive. Even while still undergoing all the medical tests I wrote to my dentist explaining what was happening, and he wrote straight back to say he would see me asap. I am sure he was glad the decision had been made.
To shorten a long story it all happened two weeks ago. Material removed from the bone has proven there were bacteria present in the biofilm. The dentist is writing a paper to inform his colleagues that this sclerosed bone, and the ‘soft’ bone that was actually found around it and under the previous extraction site, are not variations of normal bone (as is taught), they are actually infected bone and should be treated by debridement. Apparently the images of my test results will be in the paper. So I have had all the unhealthy bone removed back to healthy bleeding bone on all sides. Now the healthy bone is supplying blood and cells to the site and new healthy bone is growing back. When I saw the dentist to have my stitches out he was astonished at my healing! “Very advanced healing” he repeated several times … then “I did extract a tooth there!” in wonder. I use a homeopathic remedy called Traumeel to help healing of soft tissue damage. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone with injuries or undergoing surgery. Of course the idea of homeopathy being useful is baffling to the dentist, but I have printed out a page with clinical trials to send to him, so he might understand it better then.
I am enormously grateful for this surgery, for the opportunity to help my dentist’s research paper, for the chance to educate him about my homeopathic remedy that creates ‘very advanced healing’, for my herbalist who continually encouraged me to be aware of the effects of the infection, and for the health and strength that is returning to me. Truly I have enough health today! Join in the Gratitude Challenge to explore all that you are thankful for too.
All the images are from the recent Joy of Being retreat, women meditating in the breeze at Grey Rocks.