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Slowing the Pace

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 22, 2016 at 1:15 AM

I find it entertaining to think about how sometimes, and by that I mean a lot of the time, life gives me just what I need. Even when it doesn't seem like it.

I've had a pulled muscle in one of my calves for a couple days now. My first instinct is to say that I injured myself while running, but realistically I just woke up with it like that. I have a feeling it was stress induced tension that caused it. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I've had some rough moments these past days with my little one.

I usually will go for runs nearly every day, and do yoga a few times a week. I haven't been able to do either though, as I've been trying not to make the muscle sprain worse. I have been doing a lot of stretching and massaging to try and break up the tension, and initially during these tender moments I realized how much I really needed to slow down and take a break overall. It's so easy to get caught up in the daily life and tasks, and forget to take some time to enjoy quiet moments. In this country it's habitual to drink coffee and energy drinks constantly to GO-GO-GO from sunrise to sunset (or whatever our individual schedules are.) But as I have found when drinking coffee, and don't get me wrong I absolutely love it, it is much harder to just sit and absorb what is going on around me. I can thank this sprain for giving me a period of reflection - where I've been going on lots of leisurely walks to stay active, getting in closer touch with my emotions, taking a good hard look at myself, and easing into a greater comfort of where I am in life.

Today I took an hour and just lay on my freshly made bed, playing with and watching my little guy run around. I gave my mind some space to wander, and learned a few things about myself. This period is exactly what I've been needing. In the midst of this time, I am also feeling and seeing love manifest around me and in the lives of people I am close to. It's a really beautiful thing to watch unfold.

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