Letter from the Spine’s Scoliosis
I have news for you and so I write in hopes of your self-acceptance. I know you’ve come so far
along some long, dark highways and have crossed through some gloomy passages.
Discomfort was an informative teacher; you deplored pain. I know it scared you out of your wits.
You vacillated between apathy and courage. It was as if that innate sense of adventure led you to the
perceived danger zone where you then got new courage. You required Fresh.
When you misstepped, you probably blamed me for imbalances. You didn’t like the embarrass-
ment of falling. Am I right?
So I twisted a bit; just as did many a tree trunk. For you to have known there are no imperfect
trees would have been enlightening. Each one of those trees, whether in a forest, your backyard or on a mountain has potent messages for your awareness. See how strong in trunk or bent and
stooped they appear, yet they stand quite sturdy.
You forget, Beth that I’m responsible and capable. I’m showing you (regardless of the storms)
that your roots were grounded in love. Some wild storms shook you and shaped your body, mind,
and spirit. Still, I supported you, and over time you found you could trust me. At a point your energies
were blocked or stymied. You took on healing in new ways; orthopedic specialists, acupuncturists,
chiropractors, kiniesiologists and osteopaths. Each allowed for real intelligence and understanding of
better self care. Because you became assertive in caring for me, I am overwhelmed with joy and
That has been 10 or more years ago. Now I see you care so much. You try too hard to be taller,
stronger and even perfectly straight. Now that is interesting. I am happy to support you in those
aspirations; however just for today, know that I’m opening new passageways. I will always be here
for you. You can breathe with increased ease.
I am here,
Letter to the Spine’s Scoliosis
You are allowing me a fresh view. I will often reference your insights. It has always been a challenge for me to feel some imbalances. You are right about that. I unconsciously tried to compensate, and you responded by creating a few turns. Was that to help me know a greater truth? You’ve taught me much about flexibility.
When I was a teen, I got so tired of hearing “Stand up taller, pull in your tummy”. Even when I tried that, I couldn’t maintain it. I wanted to be normal. My clothes didn’t fit well. I felt resistant to wearing a back brace through middle and high school years. Yes, I was aggravated with you.
You thankfully accepted my choice to not wear this brace. You still supported me through wacky family situations, falls from horses and on stairs. You found in the water, I could teach you playfulness and possibility. My dear backbone, you awakened in me a love of trees_ of all sizes and statures. Over time, I believe you let me see my faulty thought patterns about my mom and dad.
Thank you for granting me permission to carry on and take on new ventures. I intend to listen to your IMs (Instant Messages). I can discern when to flex some muscles and when to allow for rest or massage. I so appreciate your wisdom. You are perfect for me. I can breathe more easily realizing and accepting you as is.
a Human Being