sallycolella’s AchillesBlog

Reach Out. Connect.

May 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

39 weeks. Hard to believe.

I can walk, run, jump (well kind of) and lift weights. Yet, my body is not the same as it was the day before my Achilles snapped. It is a bit stiffer, the left calf is a bit smaller and I seem to have lost that sure, strong connection between my feet and the ground. On the positive side, my patience has expanded - by sheer necessity.

So once again, this post focuses on the space inside our skull versus the tendon that connects calf to heel.

Barbara Frederickson, the renowned social psychology researcher, writes in her latest book, Love 2.0, that the quality of the “micro-moments” of connection we share with others makes a significant impact on our mental and physical health (especially Vagal tone - which indicates the functioning of the entire parasympathetic nervous system - “rest and digest”). This connection can be to anyone and it can be brief. It needs to be real time - face to face or voice. We also need to feel a true sense of connection - our eyes meet, we share a smile or knowing look. Be it in line at he drug store or waiting for PT we can find these moments.

While web support is fantastic for information and problem solving, reaching out to those around us can actually boost our mood and potentially increase our pace of healing. So how do we reach out when we really want to burrow our head under the covers?

Surprisingly, Frederickson and her colleague have discovered that Loving Kindness Meditation, an ancient Buddhist practice, is one of the most effective was to build the muscle that makes us willing to reach out. Search YouTube, Loving Kindness Meditation and the teacher who is credited with bringing the practice to many, Sharon Salzberg, and you will find options to guide you through the simple meditation.

Take 5-10 minutes, turn off the TV, shut the computer and give it a try. And . . .

May you feel safe
May you be happy
May you be healthy
May your life be filled with ease

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  • // Nov 9th 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Hi, just wanted to say, I loved this post. It was inspiring.
    Keep on posting!

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