I’ve spent the last three days in bed, dealing with the worst case of flu in recorded history. (Okay, so maybe a little exaggeration there.)
And though it takes a lot to keep me from my work, I had to cancel all my sessions this week.
This month, in my SoulWorld Community membership program, we’ve been exploring U.S. presidents as a way to learn more about souls and their purpose.
During our class, I talked about President Teddy Roosevelt who, while preparing to give a public speech, was shot twice. Despite being seriously wounded, he gave his speech before seeking medical help.
He and I are very different. The moment I got sick, I headed to bed and slept for 12 hours. He just kept on going.
Am I a big baby compared to Roosevelt? Is he to be admired for his stoicism?
When I was a young illustrator in London, my studio mates commented on how my acne seemed to be getting worse by the minute. Turned out, I had a bad case of chicken pox.
While they insisted I go home, for their wellbeing as much as mine, my instinct back then was to plough through any illness that came my way. The fear of missing a deadline and waking up to a blank page in the Daily Telegraph kept me from taking time off when I needed it most. I’m a different person now, thankfully.
When you get sick, your soul will encourage you to take it easy and do what needs to be done to recover.
When I cancelled my sessions this week in favor of bedrest, a part of me felt I was giving in. The part of me that felt nurturing myself was a form of defeat was my conscious self.
That’s the same part of the mind, body, spirit bundle that caused Teddy Roosevelt to carry on, regardless of two bullets in his body.
Your soul, on the other hand, is always trying to get you to look after your body.
When you take care of your body, your soul gets the message that you value it. And when you nurture body and soul, your mind will soon catch up.
If Teddy Roosevelt had been listening to his soul, he’d have cancelled his speech and headed straight to the emergency room. To do otherwise was to simply pander to his ego.
Today, I’ll be following my soul’s guidance by soaking in the tub, sipping green tea, and listening to the flamenco guitar music of Paco De Lucia.
In other words, I’ll be nurturing mind, body and spirit.
How do you nurture your mind, body and spirit? We’d love to hear your thoughts below!