When you live with chronic illness, you become familiar with frustration, pain, fear, worry, and feeling vulnerable. It’s easy to get bogged down with these feelings, but it’s not a good place to be. How do I get out of it or prevent it from happening in the first place?
Every morning in summer, I sit outside with my coffee and my daily spiritual reader. This year I am reading Your True Home: the everyday wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, a book about living mindfully. Every day I treasure this ritual.
I am fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest in a home surrounded by nature. The gentle breeze blowing through the evergreens, rising and falling, creates a rhythmical sound. Two northern flickers fly overhead-- I hear their calls first, and then watch them fly over and disappear into a stand of Douglas fir. It is easy to be mindful and grateful living in a setting like this. I crave this natural beauty, and its quiet rhythms. It steadies, calms, and grounds me.
Hi, my name is Kalyn. I love plants and all things nature, so I find myself turning to nature to help me cope with the multiple chronic illnesses. May you find inspiration here.