Call a Truce with your Body
When you’re sick, and especially if there’s never an end to it, you need tools to help yourself. Meditation is the single most powerful tool in my arsenal. This ebook will show you how – with just your breath – you can stop being at war with your body and with yourself. Through the practice of meditation and mindfulness, you’ll figure out how to stop the struggle without being overwhelmed with fear. And we’ve adapted the practice for those who are too weak to sit up or in too much pain to hold their back straight. It’s so basic we call Elemental Ease.
in the wake of gripping pain so you can finally sleep and get some rest.
Kindness to your body and yourself. And learn how to inhabit your life rather than flee it.
Activity causes Receptivity to be often dissed. And it’s a secret super power!
getting more by doing less. And when you do, you’ll see how much you do in fact give, even when you do less.
with skill the riptide of intense emotions like anger, frustration, sadness, shame, hopelessness and loneliness.
in the present moment even when the moment is fucking hell. (Sometimes profanity is the only appropriate response, right?)
Sometimes I’m so enthralled in my symptoms, even I forget to do what I know best provides relief and allow me to rest. (And I’ve been doing and advocating this practice for over a decade!)
BUT WHAT ABOUT….
When you live with an illness, the last thing you want to do is be mindful and more aware (of the hurt, anger, pain, frustration). Why would you want to create any space for all that to bubble up stronger? The emotional aspects of living with an incurable and/or invisible disease overwhelms. They are legitimate, no question.
Plus you don’t want to pay attention to your body either; it’s already screaming for attention very effectively, right? Or even if you wanted to, there’s no way to focus on your breath because the pain or discomfort is too preoccupying, and you can’t focus on anything else. It won’t let you. You’ve been trying to ignore all this as best you can.
So is that working?
And if not, what then? You start small, you start at the beginning, and start with support.
When I first got sick, I was sure I could never do it. Plus I didn’t see the point. And I was even doing yoga – meditation’s cousin – and even though I had experienced great benefit from yoga, I still wasn’t interested!
But at the end of one of my first meditation sessions, my pain had completely evaporated. To say I was gobsmacked would be an understatement. For the first time in years, literally years, I had control over what I was experiencing both physically and emotionally. (Yes, I wept with relief.)
It’s a practice. It takes practice. You’ll get there and I’ll show you how to start on your way.