Monday, March 03, 2008

Issue 457 - I Think My Brain Might Be Too Big

I hope everything is ok where you are.
March already!

I had a migraine over the weekend.
It's hard to describe how unpleasant it is unless you've suffered one yourself, but a full blown migraine is not something you'd wish on your worst enemy.

I was driving to the curling rink, to take part in the National Mixed Championships.
In the Mixed game there are 2 men and 2 women playing alternate positions.
One of the nice customs in curling is that you kiss the women 3 times before a game, and after too!
That makes 24 kisses a game, and let me tell you, at my sorry state of affairs, every one counts...

Anyhoo, on the way to the rink, I turned a corner, and noticed a smudge on the windscreen.
I went to wipe it with my fingers, only to find that when my fingers got to the area, I couldn't actually see my hand there either.
I drew my hand back, and noticed that the 'smudge' had moved to a different place, and for me this vision problem is the first sign of a migraine.
It's not good, even more so when I'm doing 60 mph at the time!

I pulled over as soon as I could, and took my pills, which experience has taught me to keep with me.
I could have then turned and gone home, but I was now closer to the rink than home so I pressed on.
By the time I got there my vision was holding steady, and I told everyone that I might not be able to play, it would depend.

As it happens I was able to play in a fragile state of health.
I was furious about it, it's so annoying that it seems to happen randomly and at such speed.
I try to cut out certain triggers, but couldn't think of anything in particular that had started this one.
I try to tell people it's because my brain is too big that it hits the inside of my skull, but people don't seem to accept that...

In the past I have tried to 'think' myself out of a migraine, to tell myself that I am fine, that it won't get any worse.
I've learnt that this doesn't really work.

It's true that worrying about it will not help, but I haven't yet shown myself that thinking it better makes it better.
As a result, the only thing I can do is accept it.

Acceptance is one of the things I talk about in my book 'Transform Your Life'.
Acceptance can mean you view many situations in a totally new light, and it can bring a huge increase in contentment, without changing anything apart from your thought.

During my fragile game, I was playing badly.
I couldn't tell if it was due to the migraine alert, or just bad play, but either way I was getting annoyed with myself.
Of course the more annoyed I got, the more I tried to force my game with my conscious rather than let my subconscious play as it knows how.
As a result my game got no better, until I realised what I was doing, and stopped trying to force things.

It's another lesson about achievement - wanting something desperately is fine, but if you take desperate action you an often make things *worse*.
Sometimes it's easier to relax and let the subconsious use the lessons you have taught it.

Results wise, my team came a solid 4th (4 teams).
Roll on next year!

Ok, that's it for this week - are you guilty of over-thinking things, when maybe you'd be better off just using the tools of acceptance and the subconscious mind?

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'Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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