Thursday, April 30, 2009

When Times Are Tough

Two weeks ago, a student shared to the class, "My cancer is back." It was a sad moment for all of us and we gave hugs and listened to what was going on. Over the next week and 1/2, the student came to class and participated fully despite her distractions. She sat through meditation class and watched her breath while experiencing her thoughts and sensations. She attended the Singing Bowls class and felt the powerful energies of the sounds of the bowls, and along with the other students, received a short personal session. She participated in exercises where we explored listening to our own inner guidance, clearing our energy fields, and calming and centering ourselves. I don't know, but I imagine she worried about being able to stay in massage school, about what her future was going to look like, about what was going to happen with her health and her life.

Then, a week and 1/2 after getting the initial news, she learned that the nurse practitioner had mis-read her lab reports and she did not have cancer, not even close. It was, as you can imagine, a huge relief.

She told me that being in massage school during all of this was a huge support for her. The meditation classes and the energy healing of the different modalities we explored had given her more peace and insight. And the love and support of classmates and teachers was always there for her.

The number one reason students don't make it through massage school is personal and health reasons. As a massage school director, I have seen students unable to stay in school who are very upset by their life's circumstances. It's sad to watch someone have to change or postpone their dreams when life gives them a detour. But for students who are able to stay in school, the gifts of love, support, and the tools for being present, centered and grounded are huge. I've always said massage school is an amazing experience. It's through both the good and the tough times that this becomes apparent.

I am grateful this beloved student does not have cancer. I'm also grateful she had the additional loving support of her massage school community and experience to help her through her week and 1/2 of scariness.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just read "When Times Are Tough" and it brought tears to my eyes and I allowed them to flow freely down my cheeks. As a graduate of Rocky Mountain Institute of Healing Arts I can give testimony to the incredible amount of personal and emotional support that is provided while obtaining the highest level of education in the country. RMIHA is truly a wonderful healing enviornment. While obtaining your education at RMIHA Arts one starts with healing oneself in a safe and suportive enviornment, and this is what ultimatly makes the students quality therapsits. I would like to tell all of the students, future students, alumni and staff of RMIHA to love yourselves deeply and it will allow for loving others more fully. I'm proud to be a small part of all of you!
Lisa Rodriguez