When I go through a flare, I tend to find myself in a place of despair.
I often find myself reading various books to help me find purpose in my suffering. This became a pattern for me.
One of my favorite books, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, provided me with much needed perspective when I needed it the most.
She’s a Buddhist nun who’s main concept is all about attachment.
She discusses how the moment one is hooked to a pin cycle of negative emotions, one can become attached to self destructive patterns of excessive eating, addictions, and various self sabotaging behaviors.
I first considered Lupus a negative experience which altered my life as I knew it. Because of this, I tend to link Lupus to suffering.
It affected my self worth, self confidence, and my livelihood.
In retrospect, I know that I made a choice to think those things about Lupus.
Over time I learned to embrace Lupus as my teacher. Doing so enriches my life and encourages me to have more compassion, love, and peace.
I began to understand my pain and move towards it. This allowed me to embrace feeling my pain as opposed to constantly numbing it with negative thoughts and behaviors.
I do realize that the diagnosis of Lupus tends to cause us to disconnect from our bodies. This creates attachment to Lupus and forms a victim mindset.
But we have the choice to shift this mindset to one of empowerment.
Lupus as a Stepping Stone
I encourage you to think of Lupus as a stepping stone to be more, do more, and to find the truth of who you are.
Suffering is a good thing because life at the core is suffering. It’s part of the human experience whether we accept it or not. The more we resist this is when we start to move away from our truth.
Compassion can only come from suffering and understanding pain.
Because Lupus provides us with challenging circumstances that create pain and darkness, we are in a unique position to be a light to others who might need it.
The moment you stop being attached to the idea of being sick and shift your mindset from victim to empowered, you can use your experiences to help others and by doing so, you’ll find healing.
“Only when we know our own darkness can we be present with the darkness of others.” Said best by Pema Chodron.
With that being said, all my work has been to find a way to heal myself, as well as to find meaning in my life.
I know that without the shadow of a doubt that I’m meant to do exactly what I’m doing. If running from pain tires you, join me on a journey to provide light to those who need it most.
The Healing Practice of Yoga
As many of you know, I’ve found strength physically, emotionally, and spiritually through the practice of Yoga.
I share the importance of breath with movement. We all can heal and have the choice to heal.
If this message speaks to you, I encourage you to consider becoming an Alkaline Method Yoga Teacher who can be the healer to those who are struggling physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
On this journey, you’ll first experience your own healing, and only then can you share this healing. Imaging if you could use Yoga to beat Lupus.
It requires courage to find your truth and rise above the challenges to “choose” the healing path.
Join me to become the best version of yourself.
For more information about this opportunity, click here.
See you next time.