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Recognizing the Right Time to Battle or Yield: Navigating a Chronic Illness

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

"Surrender to what is. Let go of what was, and have faith in what will be..."

When faced with a chronic illness, there are moments when we must summon our strength to preserve some semblance of a quality life. However, in doing so, we often find ourselves pushing beyond our pain threshold and grappling with the aftermath.

So, how do we strike that delicate balance?

Enabling us to safeguard our quality of life while showing compassion towards ourselves?

Do we yearn for celestial signs, guiding our every step?

Do we learn to attune to our bodies and instinctively discern the right path?


Do we meticulously manage our energy and master the art of discernment?

In my personal journey, I discovered it was a combination of all these elements.

Listening to the universe and its signs emerged from a place of profound exasperation, seeking guidance amid the tumultuous journey.

Recognizing the optimal choices requires a heightened awareness—a state of consciousness that distinguishes ego-driven thoughts, rooted in fear, from the profound wisdom of our higher selves, steeped in love.

The initial step involves becoming keen observers of our thoughts, discerning their intricate nuances.

The voice of the ego often fixates on action and achievement, urging us to compare ourselves to others-this imposes unrealistic standards that do not suit our unique and individual needs and sets us up to relentlessly chase impossible goals.

On the other hand, messages from the heart emanate from celestial guidance, conversing in the language of compassion and love and we can master this art through conscious discernment- Mastering the art of distinguishing between the internal dialogues that are light filled and energetically beneficial and those bound in ego based fears.

The path we choose depends on us!

Many of us become distracted by the fear based "shoulds" of life and loose sight of our true goal.

When we use discernment to make choices we can take the paths more conducive to our happiness, fulfilment and success.

In his transformative book "The Untethered Soul," Michael Singer advocates becoming the keen observer of our thoughts, gracefully acknowledging their presence.

Bearing witness to our emotional reactions and embracing them with love is pivotal. By taking a step back and posing reflective questions that delve into our thoughts, we unravel the truth concealed within.

Far too often, we allow our thoughts to navigate on autopilot, unwittingly unleashing destructive forces that wreak havoc on our lives.

Taking dedicated moments to contemplate these fundamental questions helps us strike a harmonious equilibrium amid the complexities of our health challenges.

One invaluable tool I employ to distinguish the ego's voice from that of my higher self is the power of presence.

Achieving this state entails engaging in sensory grounding exercises, forging a profound connection with nature, and imbibing the love that envelops us.

Now, let's embark on a brief sensory grounding exercise that can help you connect with your higher self:

Begin by immersing yourself in the core senses: sound, sight, smell, taste, and touch, and embark on this exercise during a serene sojourn in nature.

Sound: Immerse yourself in the symphony of interactions between people, the harmonious melodies of birdsong, the gentle whispers of wind cascading through trees—allowing the environment to permeate your being with pure acceptance and love.

Sight: Observe the kaleidoscope of colors that grace the sky, the majestic presence of trees, the delicate blossoms of flowers, and the graceful movements of animals—immerse yourself in captivating visual experiences.

Taste: Take a sip of a refreshing beverage during your nature walk, relishing the sensations that ground and soothe your being.

Touch: Allow your hands and feet to anchor themselves in nature, walking barefoot on the earth's tender embrace or gently cradling fragments of the earth in your palms.

Smell: As you traverse the natural expanse, inhale deeply, savoring the aromas that envelop you—freshly mown grass, fragrant flowers, and the earthy essence of trees, each emitting transformative properties that heal and restore.

To sustain the powerful healing energy that emanates from this process, we can also harness the potency of affirmations, such as:

"In the infinity of life where I stand, all is perfectly whole and complete."

Sonia Ricotte wisely imparts:

"Surrender to what is. Let go of what was, and have faith in what will be..."

Recognizing the opportune moment for surrender arises when we learn to embrace and accept the voice of our higher self.

This profound connection can be nurtured through simple yet impactful grounding exercises like the one shared.

As Michael Singer beautifully encapsulates:

"There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of your mind—you are the one who hears it!" - The Untethered Soul.

Embrace the transformative power within you, for you possess the innate ability to transcend the limitations of the mind and discover a harmonious path through the labyrinth of chronic illness.

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