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Physical health and mental strength

Physical health and mental strength

This entry was posted on May 17, 2013, in Daily Life. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments (Edit)

I have been lucky enough to recover from some horrible illnesses in the last decade or so. I have noticed that when I’m ill, my thought patterns are more negative than normal, my mood is gloomy and there is a secret part of me that genuinely does not know if I’ll survive.

When our bodies feel weak, our mind is confused and unsteady. I put a quote from Buddha on my Facebook page the other day touching on that very thing.

"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." - Buddha

Sometimes just knowing that our minds are lacking clarity because of our physical state is enough. Other times we need uplifting material to read. My favourite is scrolling through my Facebook page. In fact that’s the exact reason I started the page… I wanted somewhere to be able to go when I needed some uplifting material and I wanted to feel touched and loved by each and every word. It was one of my better side projects because it’s there for me when I need or want it.

I’ve done other versions of this type of thing before, like write quotes into notepads or write letters of love and support to myself. I love all that stuff, I love the all embracing loving compassion that comes with sitting so fully in our heart centre. But when we’re unwell how do we get to that beautiful space??

This is a post where I ask for your wisdom and your personal advice because right now I’m not 100% well.

What do you do to build mental strength when your body is weak?

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