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Image1cats“Sometimes doing nothing is better than doing something and definitely better than doing everything,” by Colleen O’Brien

I got up this morning fully intending to write my blog posts (check) and clean the house (no check) and do the laundry (no check)… In some local communities, the arctic air mass that sat over us for the last two days left behind busted pipes, flooded basements, wrecked cars — I was lucky — I came away with only a migraine. I don’t mean to pooh-pooh a migraine to anyone out there that suffers from them — they are very debilitating. But in my pursuit of love, I have chosen to bless whatever comes my way and that includes this migraine.

I’ve chosen to view my migraine as a teacher in how to love my life more fully:

With a migraine, I find that I tense my whole body and clench my jaw — something a doctor once gave a list of reasons to never ever do. If I take deep slow breaths, I find the pain subsides a bit.

Lesson: What I’m really doing is focusing on something other than the pain thereby allowing a much more pleasant feeling in.

With a migraine, I find that I don’t have the physical energy to do all the things on my to do list — most of which I really don’t want to do. So instead, I read or meditate or just let my mind drift and dream.

Lesson: What I’m really doing is allowing the happy things take priority in my life over the drudgery I’ve convinced myself is so very important to my survival.

With a migraine, I find that my body doesn’t tolerate me ingesting crap. I feel better if I drink water or tea — take my vitamins — eat natural non-processed foods.

Lesson: What I’m really doing is getting in touch with my natural biological rhythms.

With a migraine, I find that it is my body that is in pain and not my spirit — not the part of me that loves.

Lesson: So the pain of my migraine teaches me to separate the pain of my body and perceived pain from circumstances from my ability to love myself or anyone else.

So, I don’t have the energy to take a walk or make someone dinner or pretty much anything else. But today, I have discovered it requires no energy to love and I don’t have to go anywhere to experience it and no matter what happens to my body — Love Is.

I hope you all have a love-filled (and migraine-free day),

Colleen

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