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Getting Your Chi On

An elderly man performing tai chi in front of ...

An elderly man performing tai chi in front of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day, I walked into our local natural foods store for the first time (I know it’s hard to believe it was the first time, but I grow my own, and no, I live in Oregon, not Washington, so it’s not what you’re thinking) and wandered over to the essential oils section, looking for something I’d found online. When asked if I needed help, I replied, “I’ve looking for something to unblock my chi.” Yes, I did, I said that. It wasn’t Walmart, after all, it was a “natural” place. The salesperson handled it well, and we started looking at the oils promising “joyfulness,” and such. She suggested citrus, but it was apparent there wasn’t anything there for someone with stuck chi. Finally I showed her the word I had scrawled on my paper, for just such an occasion, and she hurried off to look it up in her computer.

On return, she told me they did carry that brand, and they could order it, but it would cost me. I thanked her and told her I would probably just order a sample online. I then moved onto another section of the store and several more people offered to help me. I abandoned the line about the stuck chi and just explained that I could not move my arm very far, maybe had a frozen shoulder, etc. I ended up buying several potent herbal tonics for inflammation and  to promote flexible joints and some powdered magnesium.

Please don’t suggest I rub the area with coconut oil, I’m already doing that. I already get massages. Eventually I may go to the doctor. I’ve even considering acupuncture. In the meantime, anytime I see someone moving their left arm freely, dancing, doing yoga, tying on an apron string in the back, getting something off a shelf, I am envious.

This has happened once before, a few years ago, and I’m pretty sure it will pass. Until then, though, it is a pain. And also a good reminder of how we take even the smallest things for granted until one little thing stops working the way it should.

Take a moment today to be grateful for the small things, like the ability to turn your head and look behind you, or reaching from the front car seat to the back seat.

And in the meantime, cleaning out the garage and decluttering was also on the list of ways to unstick your chi. Now if only I could convince my husband.


I know I promised the response to Longfellow for this post.  I will post it soon. I also keep forgetting to mention that Author S.Smith now has a Facebook page. Please like it! I also put a few pictures up on Pinterest if anyone wants to take a look.

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