I feel like this topic is rather fitting for me this week. Firstly, I am lucky to have been able to compose a post for my blog at all as I have been quite ill. I don’t really get sick often, but when I do, it’s biblical, it’s apocalyptic. Isn’t that how the Most Interesting Man would describe it?
Earlier this week, I was taking my Young Living Thieves blend essential oil, 1 drop under my tongue, 2x day to fight off a cold my kids had, that I felt coming on. Then suddenly on Thursday evening I started getting the chills so terribly that I just couldn’t get warm enough to stop shaking. Just before this happened, I tried to do my yoga practice because I had taught 4 hours of yoga that day and hadn’t fit my own in yet. That ended quickly as my tummy started getting queazy. An hour later, my son woke up screaming…he had it too. We both caught a nasty flu bug!! The weakness and body aches I experienced with this flu were debilitating. I could barely sleep. I lay on the couch moving in and out of sleep as my husband tended to our daughter, the next day, and I began to realize how fortunate I am. Doesn’t that sound weird? As my son lay, cuddled next to me, we watched movie after movie and made it through the day foggily. I lay there thinking about how much different this experience is that my usual daily routine.
I am not one to lay on the couch, I’m more energetic and like to get things done. My body allows me to do my yoga practice, to teach yoga and to run around and do activities and play with my children at will. It is when I am stuck, like a weak little twig, about to break on the couch that I remember what a gift it is to have these physical abilities available to me. Part of getting sick is simply reminding us to be grateful for what we have. The smaller things that I count on a daily basis are really a blessing. It’s so easy to forget how fortunate I am to be able to move, feel strong, have energy and enjoy life. I thought what it was to be an older person, who lacks energy and ability just merely because of age. I know that one day, I will be there. So for now, I am so grateful that, if I take care of my body, its strength will return to me.
I am grateful that my husband has a flexible job so that he could take care of us while I could not. He washed all the laundry, kept us hydrated and made us food when we were able to eat some. I am grateful that my daughter was able to keep herself busy and understand why mommy and her brother could not play with her.
My son was up and running around long before I could muster enough strength to get off the couch later today. I mean, it was just before dinner that I was able to finally take a shower and brush my teeth!! So you see friends, I am also grateful to have you as my readers, and I don’t want to let a week go by without sharing something with you about how yoga has influenced my life and how I think about it. Being sick isn’t fun, but remembering to be grateful for what I have is such a positively beautiful experience. I wish you all a healthy and happy week ahead and promise that next week, I will have more to share with you.
Lisa Michelle xo