I was Blessed with the Flu!
by Saundra Berry, C.Ht.
I have been working for several months on my latest book, “Healing at the Vortex” and I had been pushing myself to finish the book for a release in December. When December came and went, and the editing process was still underway, I was growing impatient. My impatience was beginning to take its toll on me— I was feeling this anxiety and stress come over me as each day passed.
As I continued to push for a January 2014 release, I was working into the wee hours of the morning over a few week period when I began to notice that I was more tired than usual and found myself napping on and off throughout my day. I immediately started taking liquid vitamin C and drinking more water. I even chopped up some garlic, cayenne pepper, and honey, and drank it as a tea. I was determined to nip whatever was going on in the bud. I kept forging ahead, resting when I felt tired. A few days later I woke up with major congestion in my sinuses and chest and felt like my head was going to explode, each time I leaned forward. It became very clear that I was coming down with the flu. I realized that whatever I “thought” I needed to get done, it was more important to practice some of that self-care I often write and speak about.
It was really difficult for me to stop the process, I felt like I was on a roll, and I wanted to keep my momentum going. However, my body was telling me otherwise. As much as I wanted to keep moving forward, I knew that my health was going to have to come first.
There are times, when we are in the “thick of it” that we just push and push, burning the candle at both ends, until one day our body just declares, “If you won’t take care of yourself, then I am going to shut you down, until you do.” Does that sound familiar? I think that most of us have had that experience; yet, many will continue to push themselves, often ending up with a relapse or in the hospital. For me, I had to learn to give myself permission to take the time I needed to get better, to allow my body to rest, heal, and rejuvenate. I had to be willing to step away from my day-to-day schedule of “things to do” and just stop.
So, when I was blessed with the flu, I was forced to stop all activity and bundle up in my jammies and to take the time that I needed to rest and allow my body to heal. While I was sleeping for hours on end—I was dreaming about all sorts of things, but one dream in particular reminded me what I already knew, but obviously needed a reminder; that all things will come together in their right and perfect time. As I faded in and out of the waking state, I began to notice that my body was less tense and I was no longer stressing about what wasn’t getting done. Instead, I was able to embrace that I was taking some long needed and well deserved, down time. After taking a few days off—when I got back to my book, it was as if I was reading it for the first time. I was able to see things I had not seen before and make changes that clearly were for the betterment of the book. By giving myself the time I needed to heal, I was able to put a new set of eyes on my book and the other things that needed to get done.
If you are one that tends to keep pushing, I challenge you to give yourself permission to treat your body with the utmost respect; treat your body, your temple, with love and care. Take the time you need to heal so that you can get back to business as usual as quickly as possible with a clear mind and strong body. Remember, everything comes together in its right and perfect time.
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