Surrender is one of my favorite topics explore. It’s a very difficult concept to grasp for someone that tends toward overachieving and overworking. Yet repeatedly, I see how the act of surrender inspires healing, while resistance creates stagnation.
I am generally not a cooperative patient. When I get sick, I tend to view it as a colossal waste of time and very frustrating. If a virus has me bedridden, I think of all the ways I can be productive at home while I am unable to see clients.
Naturally, this doesn’t lend itself well to the healing process. Last week was no exception. I got hit with a very bad cough that had me hacking away and feeling particularly horrendous. I had to keep shifting clients around the calendar, which stressed me out with further feelings of guilt and frustration. I knew I needed to rest but instead, I worked on my newsletter, made phone calls, answered emails, dealt with a tax issue, did goal setting, budgeting, etc etc.
Of course I know better. I know that I can’t possibly get well if I’m bringing myself down with negative thinking, anger, and guilt. I know that the worst thing for my immune system is stress. Yet I battle in my mind, constantly wondering what I should be doing and how I should be spending my time more wisely. The cough gets worse, I feel worse, I become even less functional and then even more upset.
Finally, on Thursday, I surrendered. I accepted that I wasn’t going to see any of my clients that week. I accepted that it was not an opportunity to be productive, but rather a pleading of my body to heal and recuperate, and that by resisting that plea I was only making things worse. So I fired up Netflix, got under my blanket, and gave in. I even asked for help (gasp!), and a very kind and loving soul brought me green juice, vitamin C, and some sweet cuddles.
That night was the worst for me in terms of coughing and feeling horrible. Yet because I didn’t fight it and allowed my body to work through it while taking good care of myself, the next morning I woke up feeling so much brighter. I even found a special delivery of healing treats from another sweet soul on my doorstep! Did I mention surrender also opens you up to receiving?
This is such a clear illustration to me of how resistance creates stagnation while surrender inspires healing and positive shifts. The body is highly intelligent and speaks to us all the time. If we don’t listen to it, it will not cooperate with us. But if we give it what it needs, nurture it, care for it, and allow rest when it needs it most, it bounces back in no time. If we push too soon, it will drop back once again, asking to be gently eased into the regular routines of life.
If you find yourself struggling this flu season, as many people have, try not to make it worse by making yourself feel bad about being sick. Instead, do everything you can to clear your mental space and allow your body its full healing capacity. Ask for help! Allow yourself to be cared for and nurtured. Let go of resistance, surrender, and get well.
Sending you lots of healing love,
P.S. The most soothing thing I did for myself last week was make cups of chamomile tea with two drops of lemon essential oil, one drop of peppermint essential oil, and raw honey. Absolute heaven on my scratchy throat and irritated lungs. Want to learn how to use essential oils in your life? Schedule an Intro to Essential Oils class with me HERE.
[twitter style=”horizontal” source=”@SashaBeOpenYoga” float=”left”] [fblike style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”] [fbshare type=”button”]