Illness as a Blessing

For the past week, I had been feeling pretty ill. It was quite an eye-opening experience for many reasons, the primary being that I hadn’t felt sick in years. In a very grandiose way, I had convinced myself that I could never get sick. Thankfully, I was humbled, and I was able to have an opportunity to learn so much from this most recent episode of illness. Here are some of the lessons I learned:

  1. Acceptance is the easiest way to live. While it’s one thing to know this intellectually, it’s transformational to experience it. When we are in a state of acceptance, we allow life to carry us instead of trying to swim against the current. I noticed when I first felt symptoms, I was trying to deny them. Although I intellectually knew the importance of acceptance, it was hard for me to actually carry out the practice of acceptance in regards to my health. We fear accepting things because we believe that contentment will lead to complacency; however, that does not have to be the case. Acceptance allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the present moment so that we can make the most appropriate choice based on where we are right now. It is through such a deep level of acceptance that we are able to experience quite profound moments and shifts.
  2. Be at peace with doing nothing. There’s a societal expectation that we always ought to be doing something and that we should always be busy. Do, do do, go, go, go. We fear taking a break because we feel like we’ll never catch up on our to do list. The truth is that our to-do list can wait and possibly be tossed out ;-). Life does not have to be about checking off items on our to-do list, instead it can be about enjoying the process of simply living and being. We can enjoy moments where we do absolutely nothing, and we can feel guilt-free about those moments.
  3. Sometimes we don’t need to know why. Curiosity without attachment to an answer can be a fun pursuit but when we are obsessed with finding answers, we can become stressed. I wanted to know why I was sick, what was my body trying to tell me? Instead of being unattached, I was determined to uncover why. But the why wasn’t entirely clear and fortunately, it became comical because I realized finding the answer why wasn’t what was important. What was important was my need to rest and do nothing, not to continue to run around searching for answers. The obsession with finding answers can drive us crazy. Whenever the pursuit of the why is no longer fun, we have lost touch with the truth.

All this to say, I feel much better now and I can laugh at the experience. We become so engulfed in the need to know why, the effort to stay busy, and the fight against what is. We make life much more complicated than it really is despite our inner knowing that life is so very simple. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get sick so that we can be reminded of the truth. 😉

8 thoughts on “Illness as a Blessing

  1. Candace,

    Nothing and meaninglessness!! Thank-you so much for helping me realize something about the Existentialists.

    It could be that the reason that you didn’t get sick for a very long time is that you convinced yourself that you would never get sick. The operative word is “never” because we should never say never. Humans get sick, so it was bound to happen. Nevertheless, that belief is probably what kept you from getting sick for such a long time. That’s great that you enjoyed that wellness for such a long time!

    Again, your attitude seems right in that when you first felt symptoms you tried to deny them. This seems to be the right thing to do. Deny them, and take Wellness Formula (http://tinyurl.com/wellnessformula) and much of the time the symptoms will immediately disappear because of the herbs combined with your attitude. The placebo effect rules our biology. But eventually, yes, we will get sick.

    Thank-you for saying that if we do get sick then we should have an attitude of acceptance. It’s very true that we should accept doing NOTHING and accept not knowing WHY.

    Oh how we want to know why! The Existentialists wanted to know why and came up empty handed. But they didn’t see the spiritual dimension.

    Sometimes there may be profound spiritual causality at work in the background, our soul knowing why, or our spirit knowing why, and our bodymind WANTS to know why but just can’t know! E.g., our soul knows why. But our soul knows that such an answer wouldn’t make a lot of sense to our bodymind. This is because the “why” is that we are purifying something from 100 lifetimes ago from a life in a different universe that has physical laws that don’t make sense to our current bodymind. So we really can’t know why. Similarly, maybe our Spirit knows why, but such things are not meaningful to our Spirit—i.e., our Spirit doesn’t even operate in that ballpark where it makes a difference to know why. Knowing “why” is meaningless to our Spirit. Thus we really have to let of of this “why.” In essence, for us in this spacetime reality, there is no “why.”

    This is one example of how Sartre and the nihilists got it right when they said that there is no “why.” But they completely missed the larger spiritual context. So their philosophy, while it acknowledged a fundamental truth, then careened down the entirely wrong path. Thank-you!

    Aloha!

  2. Great lessons laid out here, Candace! Like you, I rarely get sick either, but when I do, I try my best to do exactly what you recommended. What I have learned is that more times than not, what your body is trying to tell you is to slow down and pay attention – get back in the the NOW, and live each moment with the intent of experience only, not seeking to achieve some end goal. There is no end goal in infinity. 🙂 Glad you’re feeling better! ❤

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