We are all going to die. our health habits do make a difference but do not change the eventual outcome.
Illness is not a punishment and healing is not a reflection of goodness. The state of our bodies does not reflect our “worthiness”.
We are healed when we grow from our experience of suffering, when we can reframe it as an act of grace that leads us back to who we truly are.” —Jane Borysenko (via markruge)
Got this great response to our last fun thing to do in bed—
All the time, i dont even know why we ever invented real clothes.
My uncle was making fun of me for wearing my pyjama bottoms to my grandparents for Easter dinner, and I was like fine, judge me for wearing my pjs, but I bet i’m a lot more comfortable than you are.
You know what? I think we should start A PYJAMA REVOLUTION. Let’s wear our pyjamas everywhere, all the time, until society accepts that wearing pyjamas is friggin’ awesome.
“Even a soul submerged in sleep
is hard at work and helps
make something of the world.”” —Heraclitus, Fragments.
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
And my wild bed turns slowly among the stars.” —Muriel Rukeyser, “Darkness Music” (via awritersruminations)
This is a game I like to play when I’m in a lot of pain or having trouble sleeping. How comfortable is it possible for me to get? The aim of the game is to pay attention to areas of the body that are comfortable, and those that aren’t, and by the tiniest possible changes, to make myself as comfortable as I can. Does shifting my arm a little or relaxing my leg improve things? Which is the nicest part of my pillow? Does breathing deeply increase my comfort? Where in my body am I feeling warm, and where am I feeling cool?
This is a wonderful game because it returns focus to the body in an open, inquiring way. Instead of focusing on the pain, I can focus on all the good sensations in my body and the feeling of comfort I can get from my bed and pillow. It’s a sneaky, fun way to practice some mindful awareness and to re-engage with a body that might otherwise be too uncomfortable to pay attention to.