I felt struck by lightening when I suddenly became chronically ill in 2004. I fought the change with all my might. I wanted this new distress to have a name so I could fix it and make it go away. I spend untold hours and dollars exploring solutions from doctors to healers, vitamins to herbs. All these remedies, the ones that work for everyone else, only made more worse.
I didn’t look within to consider how I could elegantly adapt to the new circumstances. I didn’t consider lifestyle factors that might be contributing to the situation, or deeply seated, stale patterns that might be influencing my way of being. I was stuck in place, running like mad, and suffering more and more.
This was primarily due to fear. I clung to the belief, “There’s nothing wrong with me beyond the physical issues.” So naturally, all I had to do was figure it out. I couldn’t look within because distorted brain messages originating in my childhood made it shameful to do so. I refused to see the interconnection of body, mind, and spirit.
The Opportunity to Shift Your Perspective
When circumstances change in your life, your are presented with an opportunity to shift your perspective, and possibly transform your life. Changes, small or big, soft or dramatic, are heaven sent gifts if you are able to see them that way. Most importantly, they can enhance you spiritual perspective inspiring you to use your time wisely, learn to quiet your mind, open your heart, and reflect on the true purpose of life.
I’m embarrassed to tell you how long I kept fighting! It was a very long time. But everything shifted when I stopped fighting, and started accepting and flowing. I could have saved a huge amount of time and energy if I had stepped into the center of change instead of struggling against it. But, I know better than to indulge in regret.
Question for Reflection:
Is there something you’re fighting against in your life? Can you imagine seeing it in a different way? What might it be saying to you?
Spend some time with this reflection over the week and see what emerges for you. This is part of my occasional series of compelling questions to provide stimulus for positive change.
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