I recently offered condolences to a friend whose adult son had died suddenly. As we conversed, I was pleasantly surprised to glimpse a very strong resiliency within her. She expressed the positive things experienced during and after his death and highlighted her gratitude in seeing another side of her son through his friends. She was thankful as well to have gained an unexpected closeness to so many of them.
Curious, I questioned how these resilient traits of optimism and gratitude were formed. Many years ago, she explained, she had become severely disabled by her fibromyalgia. In her search for healing, she discovered that when she got to the root of her emotional state AND resolved that which troubled her emotionally or mentally, her body would respond positively.
She learned most of all that forgiveness, optimism and gratitude impacted her health the most. Her fibromyalgia had become her “joy meter.” If her symptoms began rearing up their ugly heads, then joy was down in her life. Instead of stuffing away the problems of her life, she would evaluate, find that broken area, and mend it right away.
I couldn’t agree more. In my own life I know that my MS symptoms often get more pronounced when I’m under stress or in emotional turmoil.
And for you? What is your joy meter? How do you know when there are areas in your life that need to be addressed?
Today Spiritual Prescription:
Mentally scan your body. (After each question, you may want to close your eyes and breath deeply as you listen to your body…)
Where do you hurt? Where are you carrying tension? Have you been more sick lately? If you have a chronic illness, is it under control or have symptoms bubbled up lately?
Now take an emotional and mental scan.
What is worrying you the most in your life right now? With whom are you in conflict or irritated? What needs are being left unmet? Are any emotions like anger, greed, resentment, depression, shame, or anxiety ruling your mind and heart these days?
Our bodies and minds are very much connected. One absolutely impacts the other.
Take time to discover your joy meter and
allow Forgiveness, Optimism, and Gratitude to bring you back into balance.