Acceptance and the Art of Chronic Illness

Sharing from my art and chronic illness blog since this touches on my spiritual experience with chronic illness.

Wunderkammer by C. Laurentine

Approach illness as an experiment in staying present, in opening your heart in hell. Discuss how we fear our hidden pain even more than death, and how noting and mindfulness brings that pain to the surface where it can be healed.
A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as If it Were Your Last by Stephen Levine
 
One of the reasons I talk about my health and illness publicly so much is because it helps me name and note my where I am mentally when it comes to chronic illness. I have never been very good at verbally communicating my thoughts. Writing helps me understand myself. So much is discovered through writing for me. The vast majority of what I write never sees the light of day, and regularly once it’s written I’m at peace and simply shut the Office window without saving.
 
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