The Non-Toothache

Four potted pepper plants in the sunroom… Most of the outdoor peppers survived the 38℉ (or less) night, with a few wilted leaves. I’m grateful for another week or more of mild days and nights above freezing to get the last bit of action from the garden.
Yesterday’s emergency harvest of peppers just in case, and I’m glad I brought them in.

Today I pruned the bonsai-in-training French lilac, watered everything left growing, caught up in the kitchen a little, and began my new discipline of self-care with a half-hour pranayama practice, in addition to working at the computer for several hours. It’s been great to be relatively pain-free for the past week and have the energy I need for winterizing inside and out.

“When we’re having a toothache, we know that not having a toothache is a wonderful thing. Yet when we don’t have a toothache, we’re still not happy. A non-toothache is very pleasant.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Physical pain can consume our attention. I suffered a great deal of physical pain for the past couple of months with sciatica. Since chiropractic treatment finally brought some lasting relief last Wednesday, I have been keenly aware of the non-pain, and the energy and mobility the lack of pain has brought to me. I’m grateful for the past week to have awareness of the ‘non-toothache.’

3 thoughts on “The Non-Toothache

  1. Also very happy to read that you are not in pain, and able to appreciate it. Hope that you will continue to find relief in your pranayama practice, and the chiropractic treatment.

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