Today is the Jewish holy day of Shbuoth (also pronounced Shavuot). It has been exactly five years since I went on a holiday retreat in the desert of Southern Israel — which is where I experienced a crack in the cement of incessant suffering from chronic pain. Read about my experience with mindfulness meditation and how it helped me turn a dramatic corner in my life.
The experience set me on a path exploring and researching mind-body medicine. I always beleived that my body had the power to heal itself, but I felt like a mouse running around and around a maze, knowing the exit was somewhere but unable to find it.
I encourage you to keep searching until you find the modality that stimulates your body’s self-healing abilities. Maybe you need a jumpstart, a holding hand, or some heavy-duty intervention along the way. But as David Simon, MD says, “The most powerful pharmacy is not Walgreens or CVS or Rite-Aid. It’s the human body.”