How Dis-Ease Leads To Life Lessons And a Deeper Connection to Self

I recently felt sick and sent myself to bed until I felt better. I felt unwell for about a week. My symptoms started as what felt like a cold, then turned into exhaustion, vomiting, and a wicked headache that took me out. Luckily, I had my basic needs met, which allowed me plenty of time to stay in bed and recover. It still sounds like crap, right? Well, I am here to tell you that even in low moments such as this, there is room for profound life lessons and a deep reconnection with self.

This experience was a reminder of my younger years. I used to feel sick all the time. A large majority of my adult life consisted of annually coming down with the flu, several colds, burnout.

A few years back, I ventured inward to improve my health and immunity resulting in a massive boost in a significant decrease in sickness. Until recently, It had been years since any bug landed in my system and took me out.

(Head to this link to read my story about healing my immune system >>>>>>>>(Helping My Immune System))

When this recent dis-ease occurred, I found myself in bed for days with little to do but think, feel, and let the time pass.

Feeling under the weather may sound like a “bad” thing, but I quickly remembered some profound lessons I learned from feeling unwell in my younger years. These lessons continue to be life-altering and prevalent, and helpful. I want to share them with you.

I understand that it’s natural to feel frustrated, annoyed, or sad when dis-ease occurs. All of those feelings are valid. Also, I’d like to offer a perspective that can inspire using moments of dis-ease to deeply connect to self and life, and to emerge feeling empowered.

Yes, every person is experiencing something different when it comes to their bodies, yet any moment that knocks us on our butts or feels like dis-ease can help remind us of our bodies. It seems simple, right? There’s nothing like a headache to remind us of our heads. A stomach ache will surely remind us of our stomachs. Sometimes, if we don’t make time to tap into our bodies, we can forget about our bodies. If we aren’t experiencing pain, it can be easy to move forward without checking in with our bodies.

It’s important to remember that our bodies are guides, teachers, and relayers of information. Regularly tapping into our bodies can show us the path of ease and remind us of its healing abilities and communication skills. Our bodies tell us how we feel, how it’s going, and where to pay attention.

We understand that this world can be fast-paced and full of stimulation and distractions. If we don’t take time to check in with and care for our bodies, this can result in being nudged to do so. This can occur through sickness, injury, burnout, or dis-ease. We can get stuck in bed where we finally have to pay attention.

Why not use all opportunities (the “good” and the “bad”) to learn to understand the body?

Simple observations of different feelings and sensations can strengthen your relationship with your body and serve you down the line. It can take practice to understand the way your body communicates with you. It’s an ongoing relationship. Even feeling unwell can offer you this opportunity to (re-)connect and feel yourself and the wisdom that comes with it.

I recently experienced a headache, vomiting, fatigue, and cold symptoms when feeling unwell. Let me tell you; I had not been that acutely aware of my body in a long time. And let me also tell you this was a blessing. In the past couple of months, I allowed life to carry me away. I begun to fall into an old habit of not making enough time to care for my health and body. Feeling unwell was an opportunity to reconnect and offer myself care.

One example of this is that my headache was so bad, I was struggling to look at a screen. When I turned off my phone or computer, the headache eased up. In the past few months, I have been spending more time than usual looking at my computer. I’ve known that I needed to address this, but I avoided making the commitment. Feeling the pulse in front of my head when looking at a screen, followed by the immediate relief upon disconnecting from the device, was a clue that it’s time for me to commit to conscious screen time and healthy boundaries with my devices.

My head was informing me, that it’s time to step into more conscious practices. At least this is my interpretation of this experience. This awareness will help me by serving as a reminder to look out for myself every day.

Additionally, this experience of feeling under the weather was a reminder of the importance of grounding. Some of us (including me) can often find ourselves in our heads or the clouds and not entirely connected to our bodies and the earth. Grounding into our bodies and the land can offer us balance, confidence, presence, and a feeling of being rooted and solid. Being ungrounded can cause us to float around and run from one thing to another and lose our sense of focus.

IT ISN’T A LIE when I tell you that it felt good to find myself in bed, exhausted, lying heavy on the mattress. I felt such peace from this feeling of groundedness. Recently, I drifted away from my consistent grounding practices. I needed this reminder of feeling a heaviness and rootedness, even if it did come at the cost of me having symptoms and laying in bed as a result.

Luckily, none of us have to get to this point to remember the importance of grounding. We can ground every day and throughout the day, but this week was a solid reminder of how good it feels to be rooted and grounded. It acts as an inspiration to incorporate more consistent grounding practices in my daily life.

Also, it’s worth drawing attention to my choice to stay in bed. I didn’t have to, but I chose to. I could have pushed through the sickness, managed to suppress the symptoms to the best of my ability, continued working, making phone calls, and taking care of business. It was a choice and one that feels important to make. When the body asks us to rest, it can serve us to listen and follow the direction presented to us. Of course, we can also ignore our bodies’ signals, and it’s possible for some symptoms to intensify because of it.

Furthermore, this time in bed offered me a lot of clarity. As I mentioned before, and as you know, life can get moving pretty fast, and sometimes it can get away from us. We can lose track of healthy practices, intentions, and goals. It’s essential to slow down regularly to connect to oneself and get clear and intentional. Slowing down can remind us who we are and who we want to be.

When you’re spending time in bed, unable to distract yourself with devices, all you can do is sit, think, and reflect. Things can become crystal clear. This downtime is a blessing and an opportunity to calibrate, consider your actions and daily choices and adjust your sails moving forward.

Finally, this time, this staring into space, this feeling of the body, can become a chance to dream and remember how to do so. We must make time to dream. If we don’t, who will do it for us? Quiet moments are brilliant. Our lives don’t have to consist of only action and dynamic movements, but calm, stillness, too. In the quiet moments, we can connect to God and the universe. Visions and dreams can come through us. We can play with ideas.

I was surprised to discover how many ideas and beautiful plans for my future came through me at this time.

A week (or more) in bed can feel painful, frustrating, disheartening, and can also be an opportunity to reconnect deeply to yourself, your body, your God, your life. Feeling unwell can hold both sides of the coin: the sad and the happy. The pessimistic and the optimistic. The death and rebirth.

The only way out is through, yes? You can make your way through the adversity, symptoms, and pain and emerge on the other side, reborn, reconnected, and wiser than ever before.

The lessons learned in moments of feeling unwell can be a guide for the present and the future. And these lessons are available to us every day. We do not have to end up in bed to access this wisdom. I would encourage everyone to tap into themselves here and now and discover the possibilities, the tools, the lessons. However, if you find yourself in a time of discomfort, pain, dis-ease, this, too, can serve as an opportunity to discover the depths of your body and life.

There are blessings everywhere, even in moments that feel like the opposite.

(This is blog post is not a replacement for any medical advice. If you need medical advice, seek medical advice. Seek any of the medical or professional support that you need. This blog post is simply a sharing of personal experiences and observations)

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