Last week at work at about 8 hours into my shift I started feeling achy. I’d been practicing being present and feeling my inner body in little increments throughout the day. At this point in my life, being present and inner body awareness doesn’t come automatically, but it’s something I practice as often as I remember throughout the day. It’s something I have to put my attention and focus on, as my mind continually wants to take over and pull me into thinking and nonsense.
After a bit I started to get cold. Once I started getting the shivers I took my temperature and sure enough I had a low grade fever.
What I did was pretty cool. I went into the feelings of the fever with full attention. I noticed where exactly the little aches were inside my abdomen and around my pelvis. I felt the shivers completely and did not resist them or take a Motrin or Tylenol. I just let it be.
I remembered the Self Healing Meditation that Eckhart Tolle mentioned in The Power of Now (pp. 123-124) where you flood your body with consciousness from toe to head and head to toe. You do it in waves and frequently when you feel the onset of sickness.
What I didn’t do
I didn’t do the usual stuff. I didn’t broadcast it all over the place and make it into a big deal. I didn’t keep talking about it or thinking about it. I stayed pretty quiet about it and just continued my work.
Do you know when I went to bed that night I felt fine? And when I woke up the next morning I was well rested and no sign of a fever at all! It was so cool. I honestly expected I’d have the flu and have to call in sick.
I’ve never had a 4 hour fever before. It was like a little gift, a little miracle 🙂
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