The lessons and kerplunk moments are coming thick and fast for me at the moment (you know the ones when the penny doesn't just drop, they hit the ground with a thud!).
I started writing this last week, but didn't get the chance to actually hit post...could've partially been me wanting my ducks in a row before I posted it, ie wanting to be 'cured' of my chest infection entirely.
But as it turns out this lovely chesty business had a bit more to teach me than I'd first thought!
I got to a point last week when I thought - wow would you just go away.
But as I'm learning more and more, my body is a sensitive apparatus nowadays.
When I'm out of balance, be it mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually - it quickly shows itself...and doesn't go away until the imbalance is fixed, consciously or subconsciously.
Not that I jump right to it and fix things at the slightest inkling, but in cases such as this, I didn't really have the choice. It was a little too obvious for me to ignore and hoping it'd just go away wasn't working!
So finally last week I went 'right body, clearly I still haven't learnt the lesson, otherwise you would be feeling better by now - so let's have it!'
Without further ado, here's some of the things I've learn this last few weeks...I say some, because this is really only a snippet!
Despite having a lot of colour in my life...I can be a bit black and white
Which is kind of funny seeing as I'm a Collingwood supporter!
I can be very logical, cause and effect - which serves me well in a lot of instances.
But where it doesn't serve me is when I get into judgment mode - making something right or wrong and only looking at the surface to make a fairly snap judgment rather than looking deeper, or taking a step back to see the trees and the forest.
Kind of funny seeing as I'm all about getting to the cause of things, not just treating the symptom!
Take this illness for instance...I instantly jumped to the conclusion that I'd been thinking the 'wrong' thoughts that I just need to fix and then voila, it'd be all good (a habit I'd been running with for a while, I think it's perfectionism in disguise!).
So off I went to my Mind-Body bibles - aka Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life, and Inna Segal's The Secret Language of Your Body.
I read the symptoms, went yep - I tick all those boxes (not for the first time I might add, I've had chesty goodness before!). So now I'll stick my affirmations up, fix my thoughts and it'll all be ok.
What I've only just realised though that I forgot the crucial element - affirmations don't make things happen, they make things welcome.
So me saying the 'right' words alone wasn't going to fix it - but it did bring about the elements I needed to look at. And in turn the healing.
Oh - KERPLUNK!!!!
That's freakin' hilarious - I literally only just realised that! Ha - I almost know Louise's book back the front and I am a massive mind-body head...but I'd forgotten that key element!!!!
Affirmations and thoughts in general are the beginning - not the be all and end all!
Aaah - this is what I love about life - the unfurling and discovering new gems!
Wow. Anyway, here's a few things that have contributed to me breathing clearer and having a much lighter chest...
- I need to rest - and that's ok!
- Nathan had said to me a week or so prior to me getting sick that I need to just take a week off for myself, but I said I couldn't. Well apparently I could when forced to!
- While I love to be on the go and doing things, it can be detrimental to my health when there's too much go and no stop.
- Part of the mind-body symptom for an Upper Respiratory Cold is 'Too much going on at once' and boy have I had that in spades! An ongoing lesson for me is simplifying my life rather than attempting to do seventeen things at once, and not achieving any of them.
- Essentially I need to give up the need to be superwoman - while I do look great in a cape, I'm not so down with the knickers over tights!
- I'll explain this further this week when I finally do a blog on Ayurveda and it's amazing effect on my life! But essentially, I had been eating foods and doing things that caused a build up of Kapha in my body, aka mucus. Bleurgh.
- Something that has happened progressively these last few weeks. Feeling better for it too!
It's time to let my guard down.
I was lying in bed two Tuesdays ago after listening to week 1 of Dr Susan Bernstein's Reinvent your Role online course (all about getting more out of your work or figuring out where to next - highly recommend it!).
At any rate, as part of that session, she'd spoken about describing the Sensations in your body...then getting to the Emotion...then the Thought (or getting SET for short).
As I mentioned before, I'd been going straight to the thought and then how I can fix it - ha! So anyway, I thought I'd give this a crack, because I had a very noticeable sensation to try it out on...
I felt like I had a brick on my chest so I thought ok, what does this actually feel like.
It's tight...restrictive...heavy. It's also feels like my heart's in a cage or armour or shell of some sort. Yeah that's it, a shell. But it's soft underneath.
And a second later I almost burst out laughing (but didn't because Nathan was sleeping!)...because I'm a Cancer...so yep it's time to shed my little crabby shell!
I'll split this particular topic into a few posts over the coming weeks - otherwise this is going to be a bit of an epic.
(Ha ha - I just walked out to the kitchen as this song lyric was played 'I've got nothing to hide'! True that!)
So to finish up - here's my favourite quote I've heard of late that I think sums up this post and my last few weeks perfectly...
"Your body never lies, but your mind seldom tells the truth."
And I'd add - don't try and tell your body that it's wrong, it's just a waste of time!