Back in April, I participated in my first Hike It Baby 30 challenge and I wrote about what I learned from that experience. Participating in that challenge encouraged me in my postpartum recovery, taught me I could still “hike” with baby, and helped me get back in the swing of things. Most of those miles were paved, and it didn’t feel like true hiking to me. So when the September challenge rolled around, I knew I was going to step up my game. Though in April, I barely scraped together 30 miles on the last day of the challenge, this month I completed my 30 miles in just over a week, most of them actual hiking miles in the glorious dirt.
What I learned this challenge is twofold: one very practical piece of advice and one revelation that allowed me to really turn a corner in my postpartum recovery.
First, the practical: cotton socks make for wicked blisters. To avoid blisters, invest in merino wool socks – they make lightweight and heavy for all seasons. If you stumble on that tip too late and already have blisters, apply aloe directly to them. I got the world’s worst blisters on an 8-mile walk and the aloe plant cleared them in 1 day!
Second, the revelation: everything is energy and energy is everything. As a self-proclaimed semi-crunchy mama, I subscribe to more natural ways of living and healing when and where possible. I’ve been receiving chiropractic care my whole life, and I’ve starting echoing my mom’s one true solution for all ailments, “have you had enough water today?” At the beginning of this month, I was right on the brink of healing and feeling like myself again. But I had some low back pain that wouldn’t go away. I saw a physical therapist who gave me exercises that I was already doing. She confirmed that my hips were a bit weak. I went to my chiropractor for an adjustment and told her about my back pain and the visit with the PT. She adjusted me and recommended that I come back for a BEST (bioenergetic synchronization treatment) session as she felt that the back pain was much more emotional than physical.
So I went. And in our session, she taught me what I am calling “magical breathing” which starts below the feet, draws energy up into your root chakra, exhales up through the crown of the head, draws energy back into the heart, and exhales out through the bottom of the feet. Through this breathing, I felt like my energy getting stuck right in the place where my back pain always radiated. Then Dr. April encouraged me to connect to my 8th chakra – your spiritual connection to your higher self and divinity. The moment she spoke those words, I felt a complete release and my energy flowed freely.
In the days after that session, I felt more motivated and energized than ever before. I woke up, laced up my shoes, and went hiking or walking. I walked farther and swifter. I felt happier. I breathed in nature. I felt the energy moving through me from the earth to the sky. I talked to God. I saw butterflies and knew that Granna was walking alongside me. I listened to the voice of my heart.
I am energy. I feel energy. I do energy. I love energy. I speak energy. I see energy. I understand energy. I believe in energy and energy believes in me.