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Posted by Rev. Meredith Ann Murray on October 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Yesterday was a big day.  I had been putting this off for months, but I finally went to see my Orthopedic Doctor to get a handicapped permit for my car.  He understood as he has had both of his hips replaced and he is a few years younger than I!

I feel so sad that it has come to this, but my world has been getting smaller as I have more and more pain in my left hip.  The x-ray last summer showed it was nearly bone on bone, but since then I have been on two Peace Walks in Europe and a trip to Peru.  I walked for 10 days across Umbria and Tuscany, Italy last Fall and 10 days on the Camino of Santiago in Spain this Spring (about 2-3 hours per day).  I also hiked up mountains to sacred temples in the high Andes of Peru this month.  But my body is telling me to stop walking for now - the pain is too much.  It takes a lot to slow me down as I have been an athlete my whole life.  And for these things I am SO grateful:

Competitive Swimming from ages 5 - 15

Water Ballet from ages 13-15

Waterfront Director and swimming teacher at a day camp during the summer in college

Alpine skiing from ages 5 - 50's (I became an expert)

Tennis from 23 - 40's

Hiking all over the world and walking for about an hour per day for the last 30+ years

Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, bicycling, dancing, yoga.

I am SO grateful that I am able to ride my bike with very little pain, and I ride daily while the weather is still so beautiful.  I have found an adaptive, gentle yoga class to participate in on Friday mornings with teacher Ruby, a very sweet woman.  I am looking into taking water aerobics.

I LOVE my body for carrying me this far - for all of the amazing places it has taken me, for my two sons that it has helped me raise, for the joys it has been with me to experience while all of the parts were working amazingly well together!  I AM a miracle.  I believe we are all spiritual beings having a physical experience and mine has been so wonderful.  Thank you God!!

I am ready to release this arthritis and embrace my vibrant wellness.  I am so looking forward to visiting Brazil in a few weeks to experience the healing phenomenon of John of God.  More on this trip soon......

I believe everything in my life happens for a reason and it is my opportunity to learn from every challenge and grow in LOVE and compassion. 

Blessings on your spiritual and physical journey.  Namaste'




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