Hi. I was at the dentist yesterday getting a crown on one of my teeth. It was a rough experience. I got flashbacks of the movie, Marathon Man. If you’ve never seen it, there are some rough scenes of negative dental situations. I closed my eyes and tried focusing on my breath.
I got a 15 minute break in the middle of the procedure and I went for a walk outside. I found a beautiful garden. I walked around the gorgeous green plants. I was enamored by the new growth. I couldn’t stop looking at the fresh sprouts. I was drained from the dental work and I felt like the new life was feeding and restoring me. I was being nourished. It put me in touch with the basic life force within myself.
I can’t avoid pain. It’s part of life as much as joy. I was reminded by the garden that pain and joy walk hand in hand. They switch places. I wouldn’t have loved the green garden so much if I hadn’t had the discomfort of the dentist’s office.