What a strange week it's been. A week ago last Saturday, I was driving home from class, went to put some chapstick on my lips and when they didn't pucker right, I checked myself out in the mirror at a traffic light. I noticed that not only were my lips a little crooked (left side not really puckering at all), my left eye was not closing when I blinked. It was a bit unsettling to say the least. I thought I was maybe having a stroke or something. That evening, the left side of my face became progressively less responsive. It wasn't a stroke, it is something called Bells palsy which is an inflammation of the 7th cranial nerve (the nerve bundle that controls your facial muscles on the left side). I've taken the medication, I've been blessed with several acupuncture sessions, and tested negative for Lyme's. I'll get re-tested in a few weeks if it hasn't gone away. In esoteric healing terms, the left eye is related to the throat chakra, the creative Word, the eye of the Mother. The cranial nerves are related to the crown chakra. That just to say, there is a physical reality, and then there are other subtle realms which I find interesting to consider as well. Now, it's just a matter of time and self-care. For most people, it goes away completely and the time for recovery varies...2-3 weeks for most people. The causes vary but they all point to a stressed out system. Yes, I'm listening...
Having Bells palsy is a cosmically educational and humbling experience. I don't like it and pray it to heal, yet at the same time it is with me and the lessons are rushing in, the way nothing else could teach me. It is a small taste of "otherness" and "strangeness" in my social interactions. It is skin deep, encouraging me to delve ever deeper, and be mindful of everything else that IS working and healthy in my body. It is allowing me to Receive, good vibes and prayers and healing touches and other love energy from my people...what a gift, what a gift.
Naps are higher on the list of things to do this week. I have a full schedule, but I've given myself permission to move forward at my own speed. No rushing. Slow and steady.
Blessings to this week of life, with all of its teachings, for you, for me.