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How Chronic Illness Helped Me Discover Myself

When I was diagnosed, my first step was to take the medications and continue with my day-to-day life, making daily accommodations to rest, etc.

Then I realized the power of nutrition and how it affected the body.

Then I realized how movement affected the body and how much it helped with symptoms.

Then I realized the power of the mind and how mindset affects everything I do or don’t do.

And finally, and most importantly, I realized that my journey was bigger than all that. It was like I had embarked on a spiritual journey of self-discovery.

I realized that not just my day-to-day habits and patterns and ways of being had to change, but that I had to re-evaluate myself in this world. My role in this world.

And I had to figure out who I was. I had to question the beliefs and assumptions that I held about the world. I came to realize how many things I had disliked or resisted before that were just out of fear.

And having that illness forced me to sit there and confront all this. So I decided that I had to strip everything back to basics and start over.

I didn’t think that, at the end of all of this, not only would I feel better than I ever have in my life physically and mentally but that I would also end up doing a job that I so thoroughly enjoy. I don't think I could have ever imagined this.

I had thought this experience was only unique to me. So, it’s been very interesting to find it reflected in my clients as well. Quite a few have referred to this process as a sort of spiritual journey.

So what are some ways to nudge this process along?

Stop and listen to the little voice within. Here are a few prompts to get yourself going:

● Who do I want to be?

● How do I want to be?

● What do I believe in?

● Can I shape my own destiny, or is it predetermined?

● How do I deal with negative feelings? And is it a healthy coping mechanism?

● What am I most proud of?

● What do I value most?

How about you? What reflections do you have after pondering the above? Let me know in the comments below.


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