“In illness words seem to possess a mystic quality”, Virginia Woolfe
The phrase: “It is what it is”, rooted in Buddhist philosophy, is beginning to irritate many people. But, personally I like it; it is an apt description of my health status. The words resonate with me and do not have a mystical quality as Woolfe suggests. It gives me a sense of acceptance for that which I can’t change.
Today I bought the October issue of Mindful magazine. As I was reaching for a candy bar while paying for the magazine I laughingly asked the young man if he thought that if I meditated more I might get over my sugar addiction. A lovely, calm looking guy, he said in a sweet voice: “No, but you will become at peace with it”. In short, it will always be my challenge, the same way that fibromyalgia and heart disease will be. It is how I will choose to live with them in a mindful, non judgmental way that is the secret to some degree of peacefulness . It is coming to the realization that I cannot change my diagnoses but I can come to accept them without constantly looking back into the past to wish I had lived my life differently, which may have caused or accelerated my conditions. It is also not about predicting a bleak future, which is not now a reality, but living in the moment and finding ways to arrest those negative thoughts and self talk that have such a profound effect on my everyday life.
I am eager to share each and every one of the articles with you and yet I want to encourage you to buy your own copy and read for yourself how we can work with our anxieties and depression, without more medications that already subsume our bodies. While I have most, if not all of the editions of Mindful I have found this issue of particular interest as it deals with my own anger about my health and the depression (the underlying fear) which is my constant companion. Neuroplasticity, the ways in which one can change the brain and the article by Dr. Hanson was extremely helpful as has been his book Buddhas’s Brain . There is so much more to say, but this blog will be a short one, rather than the lengthy (98!) previous ones with perhaps too much emphasis on the ways in which we can change our brains away from the pain, the fear, the anxieties and depression. So I will instead send you off to buy your own copy of this helpful journal and pause to do my own practice of mindfulness meditation.