3. Do it in the great outdoors
Many of us with MS practice complementary methods of staying healthy. Mindfulness, yoga practice, meditation, exercise, and stretching are just a few that come to mind. All can be boosted in enjoyment and efficacy in peaceful, natural surroundings. I’m not saying that we’ll attain enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, but taking ourselves into nature and coupling the effects of complementary medicine with the restorative aspects of nature can only amplify the experience.
4. Man’s best friend
American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz taught my generation that “Happiness is a warm puppy”. Well, he was right… and then some.
On my worst MS days, I might only be able to get to the door to let my Wheaten Terriers out into the garden. On any other day the Terriers (and I) need a bit of exercising and the blue notes which MS can bring to a day need exorcizing. Both can be accomplished with even the shortest trot down our bohereen. On a good day it may be a lap further afield, but no matter the distance, a trip out with the dogs overlaps with several of the points above. AND I’m with my pack.
5. Go sit on a rock
In researching my next book project, I was speaking with a woman who lives a few hours away from my home. She spoke of the healing nature and connection to time she gains from sitting on the rocks of the Flaggy Shore at the edge of The Burren in north County Clare.
It’s not just the Flaggy Shore that holds this ability to bring peace and connection with time and place. I can, however, say that the half hour I spent planted on those rocks after our conversation made me understand that finding a rock (or a tree trunk, or a beach, or even a park bench) in a special spot is something I need to do more often. Because good for my MS or not, it was assuredly good for me.
Wishing you and your family the best of health.
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