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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Illness as a Gift

Seeing Illness as a Gift

It has been a couple of weeks since I received a tumor diagnosis, and much has happened in that time.  Most importantly, I've come to be at peace with what's happening.  My spiritual practice has become stronger, and I've gained some powerful insights.  I want to share one with you today.

I've come to see this illness as a gift.

Now, let me be clear.  I would not choose to have cancer, and I certainly wouldn't wish it on anyone else.  It is one of the leading causes of death in our culture.  I recognize that I need to respond actively and energetically to this illness, and I'm doing just that.  My intention is to heal, and I'm acting on this intention.

At the same time, I'm living in this moment, and in each moment, with this tumor. I see it as a gift from the divine source.  Everything comes from this same source, and everything we receive is a gift of love and grace.  I know this, with a knowing that is beyond thinking.  And I know that when I say "everything," it doesn't mean "everything except the things I don't like."  Everything, even this, is a gift from the divine source.

Beyond this understanding, I've come to see this illness as a blessing in many ways.  Here are a few examples:
  • I have received an outpouring of support from family, friends, students, and even some people I don't know very well.  I feel immersed in love and grace, and for this I am grateful.
  • This condition has drawn my wife and I closer to each other, and for this I'm grateful.
  • I have become more present in each moment, and for this I am grateful.
  • I know that many people with cancer suffer horrible pain.  I'm fortunate: the pain I've experienced has been easily managed with simple breathwork, magnetics and modest amounts of over-the-counter medication.  For this I'm grateful.
  • This situation has been a catalyst for my spiritual growth - growth in awareness, and for this I'm grateful.
  • I have experienced wonderful care from healthcare professionals and those in the healing arts, and I'm grateful for this.
  • I have learned so much more about wellness, nutrition and healing, and for this I am grateful.
These are just a few of the many blessings I've received as a result of this illness.  With so many blessings, my heart is filled with gratitude.  Each moment is filled with grace.

This illness is a gift.


1 comment:

patty said...

Joe, thank you for this blog. I hope you will continue to share your feelings and life lessons with us.
peace be with you