After we've been sick, and the body has purged any toxins, do we ever really return to normal?
I believe illness is caused by emotional reasons. When I haven't been dealing with something, it's like I'm made to stop and take notice.
When I was busy, I didn't notice any feelings of upset or anger. What happened when I was forced to take days off by a sinus and chest infection? All these feelings came up to be dealt with.
Added to that, it's the summer solstice. I follow a woman called Elizabeth Peru on Facebook and subscribe to her weekly tip-off report. She has been talking about the solstice being a reset or a review point midway through 2015. She says a lot of people have been unwell in the lead up to solstice as they prepare for reset.
This has certainly been true for me. Yesterday I journaled my emotions to see what's going on. I tried to find the lesson in the sickness, where the upset and anger was coming from. I wanted to learn what it had to teach me.
And I did. I learned that my life has changed immensely since the Winter Solstice. I learned that the goals I set at the start of the year are no longer valid. I learned I needed to get sick so I would stop and reset new goals for the rest of the year. (As a sidenote, one of my new goals is more time off so I can listen to my body's messages without getting sick.)
The next time you're sick, ask yourself "What's my lesson here? What is my body trying to teach me by slowing me down?".
You may be surprised by the answer.
When your body screams at you to stop , you should listen.
What do I mean by screaming? I mean muscle aches and pains that don't clear up. It's the sinus infection that won't go away. It's tiredness leading to exhaustion. It's little health issues that aren't life or death situation, yet, if you don't stop and rest, it will cause serious health deterioration.
Last week I wrote about the healing crisis. My sinus infection has now descended to my chest. Again, it's all the toxins working their way out of my body. Except it's Monday, the start of the week and I have a full week of work to get through...or do I?
See, I have two options...I can soldier through, put other people first, not let them down and keep all my appointments. The other option is to cancel appointments for a couple of days, give my body the rest it's screaming for, and then make it up to clients later.
What would you do?
As a holistic therapist, I need to practice what I preach. I often talk to clients about self-awareness, knowing when to stop, take a rest or come to see me. So I'm stopping. I'm taking a couple of days off to get better. I also don't want to infect my clients!!
So when your body is screaming at you to stop, listen. Taking a couple of days to rest is better than taking a month off with a more serious illness. In the words of the Buddha...
"To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."
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