Thursday, May 17, 2012
Well, Anjali was sick all last week and I am just now starting to feel better after catching the nasty little virus she gifted our home with! And boy did I feel like there were endless clouds hanging over me, the house, my energy and my mood! And I think what was just as hard as being sick was all the time spent just sitting with myself doing nothing. Though it was less time than before I had Anjali, because she still need to be fed and watched after, I still had a lot more down time than I normally allow for myself when well.
I was ever so aggravated with the negative thoughts that I became aware of floating in my mind. Though, in between the aggravated moments, there were a few moments where having the clouds hanging over provided much needed introspection that I otherwise probably wouldn't have had. I often think that getting sick is more our body telling us to slow down and stop because there is something within us that needs our attention than it is about an actual virus or bacteria (though those are very real too!)
And when the clouds finally start to clear, there is such a deep sense of appreciation for being well. Thich Nhat Hanh has a great story about how we should appreciate our "non-toothache" when our teeth feel great because once we have a terrible one, we realize how little we appreciated being pain free!
Be Well. Live. Appreciate Wellness. Look Within. Breathe!
The image for this post is from Sura Nualpradid's profile in Free Digital Photos.