I have thought about the karmic weight of such an occurrence and the metaphorical nature.
I felt so in control and so safe having chosen this route -- a detour from my regular ride home -- to avoid construction.
Maybe it's necessary sometimes to take the challenging route. Maybe trying to make things easier isn't working. Maybe there is no way to avoid a fall.
In every tragedy there is triumph. From this one, I learned that putting essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus on a bruise followed by Castor oil can truly provide comfort.
Arnica would have been best, but I opted to stay home and to use what I had in the house.
It also made me slow down. I had no choice but to sit quietly and calmly bring my body back to balance.
Luckily I had the day off. It was a challenge not to dart around like I usually do. It was a challenge to rest my body and my mind. One has to do that to heal, I've learned. It's the only way. Healing has to start with the mind.
A great book on herbal remedies is The Little Herb Encyclopedia seen above.