What is the purpose or message of illness? It is,first and foremost, a message to slow down. Perhaps to remove many external obligations from your life and begin to do some internal exploration. Illness comes when we are in some way out of balance, as it is true that the body will always work to maintain it’s best possible state of health given the circumstances. The cause and degree of each person’s experience with illness can vary greatly, but the overall message is the same. Get quiet, get still, stop DOING, and rest. Begin to evaluate every thing that you can choose to take on or leave behind. Begin to evaluate the conditions that your body has found itself in that have allowed for your health to become compromised. This is not to say in any way that illness is your fault. We are all doing the best we can with what we know. But do consider any time of illness to be a cue from the Universe for stillness and introspection.
What does it feel like to stop DOING and lay in bed or on the couch all day? Are you able to get creative with your obligations and be sure to allow yourself to rest? These are some good starting points for further exploration. Be gentle with yourself and allow the process of healing to unfold.
Mantra of the day: I am in tune with the internal flow of my physical body. I slow down when that is what I need.