Functional, Lasting Strength
Hi! This post will cover some of my ideas and inspiration for the Immune Strength meditation.
With Lyme, it is so hard to know if your immune system is underperforming due to Borrelia's immune disabling tricks (smart bastards), or overperforming due to an autoimmune trigger caused by the illness. The chances are that the symptoms of chronic Lyme are a mix of both. Because Lyme is so complex, my personal favorite way to go after it is through the brain. Not to say that other treatments aren't useful and necessary, but the brain is right here, right now. I can work with my brain anytime, no doctor's appointment required.
I use my conscious brain to work against Lyme's tendency to make my body feel untrustworthy. No matter what my symptoms, I want to find my way back to a feeling of trusting my body, trusting my immune system, relaxing in to the feeling of being taken care of internally by my own system's intelligence and grace. The Immune Strength meditation gives you guidance back to this feeling of trust.
Take a walk, and talk to yourself, out loud if your brain is being rebellious and veering off topic. Repeat mantras that make you feel powerful, alive and in control. Find those feelings through experimentation, repetition.
Here are some suggestions: I am strong and healthy. My immune system is a beautiful, intelligent, living system. I trust it completely. I am calm and competent. I am powerful. I am filled with life energy. I breathe this energy all the way through my body.
For me, the practice of consciously finding feelings of trust, empowerment and release has a profound effect. It ALWAYS lessens my symptoms. It ALWAYS results in a boost in energy. Find your own mantras. Remember that your nervous system will follow language. This means we can fake it at first. As you practice with mantras, the feelings will follow. It may feel like an uphill battle at first, but I promise it gets easy and it works.
I am not on the "positive thinking" bandwagon here. I am talking about positive FEELING. More compelling, more interesting. For immunity, feel in to your own body and follow the paths that lead to an increase in feelings of power. Walking, singing, praying, dancing....whatever makes you feel competent, in control, full of potential, filled with life force. It does get easier over time - your body becomes more habituated to positive feelings, and begins to look for them out of habit. Flood your brain with serotonin, dopamine and the like - however that works best for you. Use those blissful feelings to heal your immune system every day. Use my Immune Strength meditation for guidance and support.
You are magnificent, fully alive. Wishing you blossoming joy,