One way that many of us choose to make sense out of this crazy world is to follow a spiritual path. It can take many forms and can be formal or informal, but it gives us a sense of peace and a groundedness that keeps us centered. What happens when we receive a life-altering health diagnosis? Are we sophisticated enough, mature enough, or evolved enough to rely on our spiritual practice to ease our transition to a new life? Have we cultivated the resources to aid us on our journey to wellness?
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how we create a spiritual bond when facing adversity. I read lots of stories from people who ask God the big question…Why? I know I don’t have an answer and no matter how many accounts I read that classify the diagnosis as a gift, does it really reconcile the feelings of betrayal by the body or our shattered assumptions about health?
The biggest piece of the puzzle is removing blame from the equation. Blaming God, the environment or ourselves doesn’t serve us and doesn’t promote healing. It promotes stagnation and that’s never a good thing. I’m wondering how you reintroduce yourself to your spiritual practice following the diagnosis. It’s like beginning to date again after a divorce, it takes some time to get back in the game, but reconciliation like forgiveness is healing.
Having the capacity to reignite spiritual bonds serves as a cushion for the journey to wellness. How have you reconciled your faith with your illness? I’d love to hear.