I hope I can continue to find courage in the face of fear and disease. It is possible, I see examples of this kind of courage all the time. I recently went to services for a woman who kept company with grace and steadiness in the face of difficulty. Lived with ongoing courage in the face of pain, disease and growing disability until she died.
She had faith God’s plan, in the plan of the universe. Her sister said in her eulogy she helped everyone. She helped in action when she could and by example when her body and mind failed her. Now she is at peace. Her spirit gained wisdom from traveling with courage while navigating tough experiences in embodied life.
Life delivers many opportunities to explore courage and grow from tough grey foggy challenges. Situations where there is no easy answer. Courage is strength in the face of trouble and pain. When we face difficulty it feels uncertain. We shine light and discover ourselves in our choices.
I walk with Lyme and know it is hard to stay on a clear path. It is tough to diagnose and once entrenched tougher to clear. Just when you think you have things under control, symptoms come back. Lyme disease can ravage your body. It has taken lives. Digging deep every day to find strength and discipline, face symptoms and make choices in a sea of misinformation is not easy. I have to say that dealing with Lyme disease has stretch me in ways I would not have thought possible.
“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.” –Abigail Adams
Find Courage in the Face of Fear
The huge uncertainty with Lyme disease stirred up a lot of fear for me. Fear affects us on a physical level. I didn’t deal with my fear very well for years. Stuffed it down and move on. I didn’t understand at the time, but smothering my fear was hurting my body. Now because of Lyme disease I actually feel stress and fear in my body. It makes it harder to ignore. So I make it a practice to meditate every day to help me re-frame my fears, own up to them by sharing with the people who love me and feel and release. Find courage in the face of fear and move on. The Fear Cure by Dr. Lisa Rankin is a good resource to help with fear.
My body does not need the stress of carrying the weight of unresolved fears. No one’s body should be burdened that way. So while rebuilding my strength I plan a low stress life with space for the bumps. This means wise choices to keep clear space in my calendar. Sometimes it is tough, but I know I need ease to heal and process.
“Even death is not to be feared by someone who has lived wisely” -The Buddha
How about you? Is fear an issue for you in Lyme disease? What do you do to help resolve your fears from Lyme disease? Share in the comments. With Lyme disease we all need to help each other.
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