Friday, February 10, 2012

Vacation Days

Till taught by pain,
Men really know not what good water's worth;
If you had been in Turkey or in Spain,
Or with a famish'd boat's-crew had your berth,
Or in the desert heard the camel's bell,
You'd wish yourself where Truth is--in a well.

- Lord Byron-

I'm off work from now until Tuesday. I took a couple of much needed vacation days. Wish I could say I took them off for fun, but instead I took them off to heal. My sciatica has been acting up terribly, and walking on  concrete really seems to agitate it.  I've a long walk from the subway o my job, and although the walk itself has been a blessing by adding some much-needed exercise into my rather sedentary life, but, because the walk on hard concrete, right now it is not conducive to healing.  Yesterday morning, I left my house practically pain-free, and by the time I was halfway to the subway, the pain was shooting from my back right down my leg. And, I'm not even going to mention the torture of climbing the subway stairs when I arrived in the city.  I even had to call hubby to come pick me up for fear of not making it home. So, I will be staying in for a few days and using my heating pad, hopefully will help me to heal.

This is not my first bout with sciatica.  I had it about 16 years ago, and that time it was so much worse.  I couldn't walk a city block without hanging onto a pole or a parking meter, whatever was handy, the pain was so severe. Then, one day hubby talked me into going to the beach with him.  Now, it wasn't that I haven't always 'loved' the ocean, but when one is in as much pain as I was in at the time, one doesn't want to go anywhere.   Just sitting in the car on the ride to the beach was sheer torture, and all the way there, all I could think of was how miserable I was going to be lying on the beach.  I could barely rise from a chair.  How on earth was I going to get up from the ground?

I have sought the waters today; we have joined with their sap. O Agni full of moisture, come and flood me with splendour.

From the Waters of Life, A Hindu Prayer

But, that was before...before I stepped into the ocean, and the miracle occurred, because, by the time I had waded in to just above my waist, the pain that I had suffered with for months was gone.  Oh, after I was out of the water for awhile, the pain did return, but left as soon as I went back in.  Not only did Mother Ocean gift me with a short reprieve from pain, she set in motion what was the beginning of the end of that bout of sciatica.  Within a week after that day, I was well on my way to a complete recovery.

"In every drop of water, there is a story of life." 

-- Leena Arif--

Water has been here, a gift to us since the beginning of time. It is essential to life. In fact, it was the great Mother who birthed us. The sea was indeed like a mother when man himself was in his childhood. In numberless myths, it is a symbol of primordial chaos out of which life emerged. In Egyptian mythology the primeval ocean, the goddess Nun, gives birth to the sun-god Atum, who then creates the rest of the universe. Tiamat has a number of personifications in the myth and can be perceived as a shape-shifter–from ocean, to mother, to underworld river. The great African goddess, Yemaya, is the Goddess of the Ocean and the moon, guardian of women, childbirth, fertility, and witchcraft. Ran  is a Scandinavian goddess of the ocean.  Our ancestors understood her power, but unfortunately....

...many of us take her for granted today, never realizing her healing properties, nor honoring her sacredness.   Life was born of the ocean, and to this day, the primal ocean is still circulating in us. It has been millions of years since the first animals ventured out of the oceans onto land, yet the same 56 elements course through our veins that circulate in the ocean. Ocean water contains many minerals needed by your body to help heal. The natural iodine in sea water is said to relieve arthritis pain. The natural ocean water massage is relaxing. The sound of the waves is so rhythmic, slow, and calming. 

Unfortunately, it's a tad too cold now  to take a dip, but there is always mineral salts and my bathtub.  Add a few drops of my Holy Water from the healing Jordan river and a few long soaks, by Tuesday I hope to be as good as new...or, hopefully, well on my way. 

Here within the half-light 'tween the night and day
Upon the sands I lie, with thoughts that idly stirr'd
Seem, as in a dream, with life and death to play,
As o'er the sea there flits a pale white bird.
In my heart I hear it, the murmur of the sea,
Ah! and memories of other lives are stirr'd,
As somewise there came a mystic voice to me
As o'er the sea there flits a pale white bird.
Who but knows that in me is a ghost that hears
A voice it heard of old in the primeval word —
A memory so dim, it like a dream appears
As o'er the sea there flits a pale white bird!

Robert Crawford


  1. Good morning dear friend.....I'm so sorry your sciatica is acting up.....that is one nasty pain. Rest and heat will hopefully do he trick.

    Sending you healing hugs,


  2. Sciatica's a bitch. To the tub!!!! I hope you feel much better after a few good soaks.

  3. I'm sorry you're in so much pain Mary. My mother-in-law is having a horrible bout of pain which the damn doctors haven't diagnosed as sciatica but it sure does seem that way to everyone else we've talked to that has it.

    Anyway, when I was a child, my mother's answer to every ache, pain or injury was to take a bath or a dip in the ocean.

    Wise Women : )

  4. If you can afford it Mary, go see a Massage Therapist or have your husband do some gentle moving down the leg for you..I've suffered from sciatica at different times in my life and my older woman friend who was a massage therapist used to come and work it out of me.
    I also see a Chiropractor for it now and then.
    Do try pillows between your knees as you sleep, and try some Epsom Salt in your Tub Adventures...
    I send sweet Yemaya Healing your way!
    I'm with you in spirit Dear Sister!

  5. I sooooooooooooooo understand what you are going through.
    My chirpractor ex boss has only been able to alieve the pain that he once could remove.
    Come this Monday.....I am looking for a "miracle" with cortisone as my spine is bone on bone in certain places.
    You have a good restful weekend m/f and take care of yourself. Get lots of R and R! (((hugs)))Pat

  6. Here's hoping the soaking and heating pad do the trick!!

  7. Ahhhh, the ocean. My favourite place to heal. I ran to the ocean 4 times in the first year after my dear hubby passed away and I'm getting ready to go back.

    You don't have a sofa - that's about all I have! LOL! I've stopped looking for a dining room set or bedroom furniture, because I just don't like anything in those big box stores. I have a small decorative table and some mismatched chairs and a bed - (and my new sofa). Oh well. A step at a time.

    Yeah, it's cold here. Actually around the freezing mark today, which is relatively warm, but we're in for some cold weather this weekend.

    People do skate here on the ice, but really, I'd never venture out on it. Our winter has not been THAT cold this year. And you can see water in the distance - the middle of the lake is not frozen, so I don't understand why people do that. Anyway, it gives me something fun to watch.

    Do take care - sending you love and light to heal your sciatica.

    1. Mary, I so hope that your time off, will let you heal........

      Gentle hugs...

  8. ~oh mary...i am so sorry you have been experiencing pain...i do hope that as each day goes by it will improve...this is a beautiful post my friend...i hope you and yours had a wonderful valentines well and always much love light and blessings~