“None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.” ~ Gail Godwin
I never thought I would be one of those people I had read about who was beaten down by life through stress. Or that a job’s stress would impair my health. Growing up we would hear about people who would die young (young meaning before their mid 60s) from a heart attack or a stroke because of stress and their job.
And once I was retired I was firm in my belief that I would not let anything bother me so much that my health would be compromised. Of course all the stress that I let affect me prior to retirement, has had a cumulative effect and cannot be washed clean in a few weeks or months of retirement.
It was one month after I had retired that I was having abdominal pain…so bad it sent me to the ER where I was told I had a small hernia that should be repaired. So I agreed to a repair that would be a small incision and would only lay me up for a few weeks. No sweat….I can do this and bounce right back!
Of course it was not a small hernia and it was not a small incision and it was not a few weeks of recuperating but a few months. So what happened? What usually happens….stress affects our bodies building until the inflammation wreaks havoc, and the illness is much worse than we thought.
I know this was not a life threatening illness. It was not even major surgery, but any inflammation we leave unchecked can lead to more serious illnesses. So I am grateful this was taken care of.
The surgery did not cure me of the inflammation that caused the hernia, and in fact added to it for a while. So what would put this right? I have found it required being more in balance or in harmony with life. Not letting thoughts or feelings eat away at me so much so it causes blocks. These blocks are what disrupt our body’s ability to heal.
I am still wrestling with what all this still means for me. How do I maintain balance, harmony and peace? For now it is through my thoughts and how I act toward others. It is more than a physical healing but a mental, emotional and spiritual healing as well. I start my day with a peaceful meditation, and try to bring that state of harmony into my day and my actions whether it be kind words, helping someone or even just a simple smile to a stranger.
But above all it is allowing myself to be vulnerable…not hiding from life or trying to push it down…that just blocks the flow again. And I am finding it best to share these feelings in my writing and with those closest to me. Expressing them allows us to let them go so much quicker….and be like a phoenix renewed and risen from the flames.
Special Note: The echinacea pictured in this post (also known as purple coneflower) represents strength and health. This is very fitting since echinacea is purported to have significant medicinal properties.
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