I awoke with a heavy feeling in my face. You know the one: sinus pressure, congestion, and my head feeling about 10 times its normal weight.
It started on New Year’s Eve with slight fatigue, sneezing, and a splitting headache. I had a familiar sensation of impending illness, so I stayed in and drank herbal tea and ate a bit of raw ginger. I hoped to catch it quick enough to be gone by morning, but to no avail.
I view illness as having a deeper meaning and lesson rather than being the random results of an unforgiving universe. There’s little to gain in the victim mentality, so I strayed away from that. I had learned that every illness starts with an unloving thought or a lack of attention where TLC was needed.
With that in mind, I asked:
Which part of myself was speaking through this cold and requesting relief?
Still I couldn’t help but feel perplexed. After all, I had been eating a plant based organic diet with plenty of greens, practicing yoga or other exercise, meditating daily, doing affirmations and other self-work. My schedule was booked with self-care, so why wasn’t I spared?
These questions rolled around, until I took action:
1. Food Medicine
- Green Tea with Raw Honey
- Raw Ginger
- Raw Garlic
- Echinacea Tea with Raw Honey
- Flax Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar (mixed with water)
- 2 Oranges and a chunk of Ginger blended together with water
- Astragalus and Echinacea herbal drops
2. Meditation & Prayer
I have found no other practice to be so essential in maintaining wellness as meditation. In this state I connect to the part of me that is unchangeable: my source. To link up with this observing presence that only knows perfect health is relieving in times of malady and reaffirming in times of health. I finished off with a prayer, speaking directly to God. I showed gratitude for everything in my life, including this apparent affliction. I spoke appreciatively of the wisdom I would gain from the experience, but requested quick recovery if possible. I inwardly conveyed an apology for not giving that part of myself proper care and gave the illness an eviction notice.
3. Mirror Work & Affirmations
I admittedly still feel a little silly going up to a mirror and saying the words “I love you”, but now I do it almost every day. I say it until I really feel it. I find the practice to be particularly important when trying to get over a cold or any other illness. As bashful as I can be towards this method, there is a deeper part of me that knows the importance, which greatly overrides the fear. I repeated an affirmation from Louise Hay’s “Heal Your Body”, specifically for colds:
I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and around me. All is well.
A few days later, a snow storm had put a white coating on Long Island and from my window everything had taken on a rare peacefulness only seen in the brief time after a blizzard. Thanks to a proactive approach, I was well enough to suit up and help shovel the driveway!
Later that day I pondered the deeper meaning behind why I got the cold in the first place. I sat in silence and spontaneously asked the question “All I really needed was some rest? I wasn’t giving myself time to rest and knew the only way to get it would be to make myself sick?” The answer I received was “Yes, so do you think you’d like to get sick next time or would you rather set some time aside to rest up when needed?” Message received: set aside time for R & R.
Immune Boost Soup
Time: 40 minutes
4 cups of water
4 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon vegan Better Than Bouillon (BTB)
*or just use more vegetable broth
1 thumb of ginger, finely sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
½ white onion sliced
2 celery stalks
1 sweet potato
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
4 sage leaves minced
1 can organic bpa free cannellini beans
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup quinoa
Himalayan or Sea Salt
- Bring water to a boil, mix in BTB, and add onions, garlic, ginger, carrots, celery and sweet potato. Reduce to medium heat and cover until vegetables tender.
- Add vegetable broth and raise heat. Once boiling add peas, corn, and quinoa. Lower heat to low and cover for about 15 minutes until quinoa is cooked.
- Add spices, sage leaves, and beans. Cover for another 5 minutes on low heat.
- Add desired amount of salt, serve and enjoy!