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. 😉

Spreading Love One Card at a Time

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“We are made for loving, if we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.” -Desmond Tutu

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend asked me to describe my ideal day. My response was that I would hold up a sign letting people know that they are loved. When I realized that there is absolutely nothing holding me back from creating my ideal day now, I decided to get started on making a sign. Before I could even design my sign, I saw an advertisement for MOO Cards, which are tiny cards with beautiful designs on them. I knew immediately that MOO cards would be perfect for what I wanted to do! I picked out a design, meditated on what I wanted to communicate and was inspired to share the message “May this card serve as a reminder that you are loved.”

The cards came in yesterday and I absolutely love them! I’m thrilled to be able to spread love and positive energy in a way that people can keep. Today was quite memorable because I gave a card to a woman and she immediately teared up. Her response was a reminder that love matters more than anything else in this world and it is something we all need on a continual basis. Without love, our life has no meaning. I look forward to continuing to share this journey of spreading love with you all!

May you experience infinite peace & blessings! Mahalo for reading!

With deep love & appreciation,

Candace

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