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Another World

It has been such a great week from so many perspectives.

Today the sun breaks through the overcast sky with sweet clarity and warmth. The cherry blossoms are soft in their pink tones and abundant on the streets of this cosmopolitan city. The wind blows the blossoms and moves the four big fir trees outside my window. These stately trees have become my guardians, mentors and examples. I observe them from my chair and allow my body and mind to replicate their movement, strength and willingness. Today the sun breaks through the overcast sky with sweet clarity and warmth. The cherry blossoms are soft in their pink tones and abundant on the streets of this cosmopolitan city. The wind blows the blossoms and moves the four big fir trees outside my window. These stately trees have become my guardians, mentors and examples. I observe them from my chair and allow my body and mind to replicate their movement, strength and willingness. It has been such a great week from so many perspectives. I have to curiously laugh at some of the stories I have heard of my progress, and gratefully smile at all of the interest and continued support. Part of the mis-information is due to the fact that I am so busy. I have not had enough time to put new and current photos up on the website. I am here to tell you I’m looking great and feeling awesome. Many remarks from visitors reflect surprise that I actually “look” well. The surprise is not a surprise at all when you consider all of the components that I am exercising and allowing into my life. The web of love that I mentioned earlier, continues to sustain and inspire me, more then any other aspect, especially that of my daughters. I would like to mention some other aspects which are contributing to this fascinating healing journey.

My health regime prior to my injury is the basis on which I derive the extra strength and sustenance that I need. However, I am also augmenting my
rehabilitation here at GF Strong with so many alternative therapies. I have been blessed and inspired with many gifted healers. I am continually in awe
of the human body and the intricate body-mind system, within which the consciousness lives. Since my injury this body-mind connection has taken on
a whole new meaning. I am excited to share this fascinating perspective with others, on and off of the mat.

In simplified terms, the ability to be absolutely present within my physical limitations, has allowed my mind to hold the movement, feeling, and mobility that my body lacks. Finding this place in my imagination, breath and soul would not be accessible had I not been able to come to complete acceptance and love of the present state of my body. My body on its own, is still unable to physically take me to these places.

As I sit in the morning looking out at the beautiful fir trees I do my pranyama, yoga and meditation. Taking the movement into my limbs through my senses. I also work diligently through the day at what movement I have and promote it through new modes of awareness and experience. My physiotherapist, Charmaine, is particularly skilled at inspiring me to learn how to move beyond the paralysis and into new vistas of my body. I remember in ICU deliberately imagining a cobra push up and yesterday on the physiotherapy mat, the snake in my spine wriggled. Until next time, peace
and love.

Mary-Jo

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.