What does this pain mean?

By Jay Hiller, June 6, 2023

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Many years ago, when I had small children, my back hurt frequently and a lot. I got into the habit of thinking of myself as fragile and easily injured. It turned out that my back was hurting because I was spending hours holding my baby in a chair that was pushing me into a slumped position. Once I understood that and had made the changes I needed to, I learned that I wasn’t fragile at all.

It’s important to pay attention to pain. In my own body, I’ve found that many times pain means that I need to use my body more efficiently or strengthen a body part that isn’t doing it’s job. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with a doctor when you’re not sure. And I’ve found it helpful to treat the complaining body part with curiosity, like a puzzle that I can eventually figure out.

Today it worked out for me

When I follow a recipe, I imagine the author of the cookbook standing behind me saying, “Um, not like that. Wait! What are you doing? Please stop!”

Today, I was trying to adapt a recipe I like from an Indian cookbook for the Instant Pot. I was worried that there wasn’t enough liquid and I was going to burn the food so I added more spices and more vegetable broth. It worked out this time.

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