Up the hill and about Wanaka town, and keeping a balance and awareness

Once again I have to report, or admit too, being up at the Snow Farm for the weekend.

Kite skiing is really “taking off” up there. They’re becoming like butterflies…
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But anyway kites aside on the Sat. I helped in a minor way with the last of the Winter Games events up there – a triathlon. It was a ton of fun and I’ve uploaded almost 30 images on my winter mirror blog … more>>

But on this post I have a story I want to tell…

Two years ago or more I developed some teeth problems and while there are all sorts of theories about bacteria having an infectious party, after the problem was finally fixed about 9 months ago, I got to thinking about stress and how to balance [or not] the factors that can often cause levels too high in life. And just what in our emotions can manifest in the teeth?

Loving oneself takes skills and these need to be learnt. One skill being that of self observation, and it’s a hard one! Maybe just as hard is taking on board the observations and advice of others [being aware in yet another way, that the odd person may have agendas other than loving] – our egos seem to get well and truly in the way, and again we can be oblivious to this aspect that is riddled with self destructive illusions!

[Not?] seeing the wood for the trees…
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It’s really a case of building the skills with the help of others. In fact without them it’s a delusion created by our ego selves to think we can do it alone. We need others just as they need us.

Economy aside the physical sort of building never appears to stop in this town…
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Anyway back to the teeth: I had to have one removed about ten days ago, but it was no surprise – it was weak, loose and undercut and I hardly miss it. However nerves in the area took about a week to settle down, and I was glad at one point to have the knowingness that I was healing.

But then a surprise: on cross country skiing again afterwards I found my balance quite wobbly! Possibly the anesthetic [a type new to me – no numb face], or one of those nerves having a connection to the inner ear, or was it the emotional aspects of teeth pulling? But the point is it was subtle – if I’d not gone skiing I’d never have known.

It seems to be coming right, but I’m left with the thought of how we can so easily be out of balance in any of the many aspects in life and not know it!

Life serves up many experiences that can cause imbalances and leave scars. Some incidents leave visible scars, but as a close friend said to me recently, while I was with him in the A and E of the Dunedin Hospital just after he’d chopped the end off his finger, it’s the emotional scars that we don’t see that are the horrendous ones [and I’d say the harder ones to identify and to eventually heal].

Much can be learnt from children, if only that we’re born more-often-than-not in a pristine state with no scars or damage visible – they come soon enough though as we learn about falling, experience heat etc. …
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And so too, in I’d say all of our cases, they’re accompanied by experiences we can’t handle as kids, and so they get stored in us in various places, to manifest later in our lives, but as per above do we always know what the causes are when they do, and that many are karmic!? Understanding karma alone can be profound.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional…
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[credit to above image to the Wanaka Beautification Society – I’ve always admired their porcelain plaque on Lismore St., so photographed and then cropped out the writing. All other images were taken in the last week too. The B and W image is of our local kanuka, the portrait is of Josh, son of a good friend. Guess I was having a “be aware week!”]

My winter mirror blog >>

About this Like Minds Blog Donald Lousley

Concepts on how New Zealand landscape photography and fine art can be used to stimulate our imaginations to make the world a better and more gentle place. With photos, and some words, we explore with nomadic tendencies and inherited wizardry, all that is New Zealand, and it did not all begin with Lord of the Rings! Cheers Donald Lousley donald@icommunicate.co.nz PS my work site iCommunicate and MacAssist:

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  4 comments for “Up the hill and about Wanaka town, and keeping a balance and awareness

  1. August 29, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Kia ora Donald,
    Writing, as you are, from a point of at least being aware of these things is perhaps the hardest parts of these battles. I wonder if the same was not true of my hip in some ways, the poisons and toxins we carry around for years and years. And, if not for being challenged by others, or watching paths of growth and relative calmness from the journies of those we love or admire, would never recognize the pain within. Only then can allow it to leach out and truly heal. Interestingly, this past week I have reconnected with many people I went to high school with over 30 years ago. I brought up in a thread how I felt when a friend and classmate of ours killed himself at age 15, and the way things were dealt with back then it was all just swept under the rug. I needed help and had no skills or way of reaching out and frankly did not cope well at all with this wall of silence. It rippled through my life for years, still does. But the words of grief and outpouring of emotion from these people who it turns out felt much the same as I did has been just stunning. So it is never too late to examine these things, or get our teeth fixed:) Kia kaha e hoa.
    Rangimarie,
    Robb

    • Donald Lousley
      August 29, 2011 at 3:45 am

      Hi Robb

      Wow, I too have had a couple of weeks now of running into people from my past. It’s been fascinating and brings up the question of “why now?”

      Yes, I have no trouble with the plausibility of links to not only teeth, but hips as well – that as you put it so well, toxins and poisons are factors.

      Maybe too we have been too strong for too long, when in fact we never needed to be [quite that way]

      Some years back one of of my old schools buddies organised three of us to get together for a weekend. Getting our heads together as adults swapping stories it came as a revelation to me that a handful of our classmates over a few years had maybe passed on, not in a so called “natural” way. It was very sad to realise this on top of one of my old buddies of the hills taking his own life [after surviving many crazy follies, which now looking back had that flavour].

      At least now there is a growing awareness, but the balance is not yet there when we have 500 young souls a year taking the dark decisions that so impact on those left to carry on living. We, as a society, need to get our teeth into this!

      Travel safe and well my friend

      Cheers

      Donald

  2. bob mckerrow
    August 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Talk of parallel experiences, I have had a similar week too. I reconnected with Peter Hillary and Kim Logan, and was able to talk about what happened a long time ago on K2. Having had two total knee repalcements, worn out from 55 years of praying five times a day on my knees, I struggled with balance too.

    Must get back to this subject over a glass of Red, We should invite Robb down, to bring some deviancy to the group.

    • Donald Lousley
      August 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Bob

      Hmmm.. parallel seems the flavour of the month. But good to talk about experiences in the past that redefined perhaps our sense of self even.

      And praying it does not always bring balance then 😉

      Indeed many subjects for the agenda!

      Cheers

      Donald

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