I Sprained My Ankle, but It’s All Emotional



This month is a crazy travel month for me. I’ve been in Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, am currently on a plane to San Diego and then head to Denver afterwards. I’m starting to collect some stories!

While I was in Chicago, I got stuck in an elevator and most recently in Phoenix I sprained my ankle. Bad. Like grapefruit size, black and blue bad. It’s nasty y’all.

I put on my new high heel wedges and Chris and I headed out of the door to pick up our rental car. As we were walking in the massive rental car building, I twisted my right ankle and fell straight to the ground. What the heck!! Ok so I might not be Sophia Vergara, but I can walk in heels. I looked at Chris and said “Umm, that was weird it must be my new shoes.” We kind of laughed and I got up and started walking again. About 5 steps later, BAM! I twisted my ankle and fell down again.

This time I was fighting back the tears.

Not only did it hurt, I was embarrassed. Talk about social anxiety kicking in big time. I decided to sit down and try to recover from an adrenaline rush and tears and figure out what that was all about. My shoes felt sturdy and so it wasn’t that. It was my ankle. It was almost as if my ankle just gave out.

And then Chris looked at me, “Everything happens FOR you,” he said “not TO you. So what can you learn from this?” Now, let’s be honest I didn’t want to hear that response at that moment because I was in pain emotionally and physically, but he was right. How did I manifest this, what was the lesson I needed to learn?

It’s All Connected:


Now before you think I’m pushing it too far, I believe that we manifest everything in our lives. Our emotional self and our thoughts create our reality. So I believe it was more than the floor and some new shoes. In Chinese medicine every part of the body represents an emotion. The kidneys represent fear, the liver represents anger, lungs represent grief and so on.

It’s like people who are overweight (myself included) the weight is just a symptom of something emotional, something larger and deeper and the weight serves us by protecting us from dealing with it. We are literally stuffing our emotional self down because it is too painful to deal with. We can go on every diet in the world, but until we address the root cause we can’t release the weight, or certainly not for long.

So I started really pondering the meaning of this sprained ankle. I know that I am on the verge of another breakthrough moment and my body is trying to keep me present and aware of this. I’ve gone through a lot of professional changes lately and it’s all really good and excited stuff. However, I don’t know how to feel at home in my new skin. I have been very emotional and feel really insecure and inadequate. So I decided to look up what a swollen sprained ankle means emotionally, and yep pretty right freaking on!

“Problem with the ankle denote inflexibility and also undervaluation. The person does not feel confident but prefers to ignore that feeling. He will not accept himself as he is. He undervalues himself and strains his body. And the symptom occurs.”


Hello! Our bodies are talking to us all the time. Our circumstances are there because we’ve asked them to be in some way.

What are we here to learn? What is your body telling you? If everything happens FOR you, it changes your whole perspective. Open up those beautiful eyes and recognize the lessons that are asking to be seen.

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16 Responses to “I Sprained My Ankle, but It’s All Emotional”

  1. Melissa L March 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Which book on emotions are you using? I’ve been thinking of purchasing something along this line & would love some recommendations.

    • Mary Crimmins March 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

      Hi Melissa,

      I typically just google things. I also like Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life. There is a little index in the back of that book that describes ailments with the emotional root. Also, another book is called Eastern Body, Western Mind which I like. Hope that helps!

    • Jane Babich March 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

      Oh Mary..healing to you and your ankle! You hit it, what you are saying is so true.
      I have been going through a series of releases and changes since last September, and adversity is determine to challenge my change!
      Emotional change or internal change is fought HARD by adversity, because all freedom and liberty start inside us.
      Betrayal is the tool of choice in my adversities bag of tricks. Just when I feel stable and able to walk on into my designed future…BAM.. betrayal hits!
      Just yesterday someone that I truly thought understood me and was cheering me on in my freedom, revealed something that made me feel..what? Betrayed.
      Just as with you, I will not let it hold me back, or make me retreat to the older version of me. I will continue to walk in Jane 2.0 as you walk in Mary 2.0.
      My prayers are with you and Chris as you forge ahead into your designed purpose.
      Blessings to you this day!

      • Mary Crimmins March 25, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

        Thanks so much Jane for your comment and all your support!

  2. Stacie March 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    You are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    • Mary Crimmins March 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks for your support!

  3. Katie Robinson March 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    I enjoyed this post. Thank you.

    • Mary Crimmins March 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Li March 22, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    Hey Mary, question for you :) What site did you reference to find that info about the ankle/emotion connection?




    • Mary Crimmins March 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      Li, I would recommend researching Chinese Medicine for specific concerns and also checking out Louise Hay’s books on healing!

  5. Amy Thedinga March 22, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    You ARE brave and beautiful. Allowing yourself to be seen and known gives others the permission to do the same and your story inspires them to seek their own healing and transformation. Thank you for the priceless gift of yourself that you are sharing with the world. The world is better for it.

    • Mary Crimmins March 25, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

      thanks so much Amy :) You are so sweet.

  6. christy March 22, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    I have had “weak ankles” for years which I attributed to all the times I sprained them in high school. I have always felt fearful when wearing heels because I was convinced I would trip & fall & make a fool of myself, especially since I’m a bigger girl. And in more recent years I’ve not been able to wear heels much at all or nor higher than 2 inches mainly because of painful feet & tons of swelling in my ankles. I was reminded recently that feet issues are related to a lack of feeling grounded & confident in your stance in the world. And now reading your post makes so much more sense as it relates to self confidence. Good stuff. Chewing on this one for a while. Grateful for what you learned & shared!!!

    • Mary Crimmins March 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

      It’s amazing how connected everything is. Keep journaling and making time to delve through these issues. It’s hard but very rewarding :)

  7. Willow March 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing your story!

    • Mary Crimmins March 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks!

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