I’ve been ill for the past week, battling bronchitis. I was forcing my way through it because life does not stop because you are ill. I went to the doctor, got meds and was determined to power through simply because I was on meds. I was getting sicker. By the weekend, I realized I needed to slow down.
I was also ill about a month earlier. I decided to listen to my body and tend the temple. I took time from work. In small ways, I’ve been trying to be intentional about the way I care for myself. I started yoga a week ago and have been loving it. I also started running again and I’m planning to head back to the gym for a few months. I’m not a gym person, but I know that it will be a great place to help me meet my body goals. Once I get to these goals, I plan to drop the gym membership and just keep up with yoga and running. Be gone, gym membership!
As I said before, I was trying to power through my illness, pushing on and working just as hard, simply because I was on meds. I think a lot of us this, too. As I type this, I can’t think how foolish I’ve been. Meds and rest should go hand in hand, right? Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Sometimes I need to remind myself that healing takes time. No matter what plans I have or have my to-do-list looks, my body has its own agenda. I’m practicing listening. Last weekend, I took time to indulge in some self-care. I made good food, drank lots of water and ginger tea, took my meds, and lay in bed and got rest. I caught up on my favorite podcasts and started a new book on Kindle, ‘The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down‘, by Haemin Sunim. Only a few pages in, this quote got my attention:
Don’t struggle to heal your wounds. Just pour time into your heart and wait. When your wounds are ready, they will heal on their own. – Haemin Sunim
Amazing how we get the reminders we need when we need them, huh?