I LOVE my dentists. They have creamy soft tangerine chairs that feel fabulous. They point out what is right with my teeth. I fly two states away to see them twice a year.
Then I sit in the chair tense as an over-tuned guitar. All of me is on alert for pain.
Sheesh. She’s just scraping my teeth. It’s fine. It won’t hurt. It’ll be over soon. All this negotiating trying to make myself feel better.
I spent the better part of an hour doing this and wishing for it to be over.
Then……I remembered that I have the ability to coach myself. Who knew?
This is not about pain. This is about the possibility of pain. I instinctively tense up to move away from it, arm myself, desire to be anywhere but this present moment, creating a miserable experience.
What if I allow the possibility of pain? even encourage it? I’ve been through pain of all kinds and survived. I can handle a poke into my gums.
I’ve got this. I’ve got my own back here.
As a matter of fact, I look forward to pain. Where is it? I believe in my resilience.
𝑆𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑟𝑎 𝑃ℎ𝑒𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐿𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝐴𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑡 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐻𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑆𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑒: 𝑇𝑜𝑜𝑙𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝐴𝑛 𝐴𝑚𝑎𝑧𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐿𝑖𝑓𝑒, 𝑎 𝐶𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑖𝑒𝑑 𝐿𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑊𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝐶𝑜𝑎𝑐ℎ. 𝑆ℎ𝑒’𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒 50 𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠….𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑦. 𝑁𝑜 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑚𝑎. 𝑁𝑜 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑙𝑒.