Transmuting chronic fatigue

Packing for my house move I picked up an old journal, opened it at random and found something I wrote back in 2010 when I was seeking healing from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Re-reading it, I realised these ideas have formed the core of my healing.  I’ll post what I wrote here as others experiencing debilitating illness may find it helpful.

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Move the feelings up through your spine.

Take it higher,

Breathe – relax –

Go deeper and deeper – enter the Theta brain wave frequency.

Meditate.

This deep state stimulates the pleasure centres deep in the amygdala – that part of the instinctual brain that responds to stress by signalling the endocrine system to release adrenalin.  There is a view that dysfunction of the amygdala is a causal factor in chronic fatigue.

In the deep peace of meditation alpha brain waves spread out from the amygdala to the hippocampus.  The endocrine system is stimulated to release endorphins.   A sense of well being flows into the body.

In metaphysics the endocrine system is seen as the physical interface of the Chakra system.  The amygdala and the hippocampus correlate to the Crown Chakra.

Let energy flow from the Crown Chakra down through all the Chakras then back into the Heart Chakra.

Find your passion.

Do the things that express who you really are.

Do the things that make your heart sing.

Some metaphysicians see blockages in the Heart Chakra as a contributing factor in chronic fatigue.

Listen to your body.

Others say that chronic fatigue can occur when the mind dominates the body. The body’s messages to stop and rest, unwind and slow down are ignored as the mind’s ambitions and will to succeed can lead to extremely driven and goal orientated behaviour.

      Listening to your body is the first step to recovery.

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28 thoughts on “Transmuting chronic fatigue

  1. These are all good points, Suzanne. They may seem simple but are extremely important. Me without meditation or quiet alone time is a worn out me even without doing a thing. With Hasimoto – a chronic immune thryoid condition and lupus, rest and peacefulness are high on the list. I thank the powers that be that I have the option to be able to do it.
    I’m so pleased you found this to post … continued good wishes for a smooth transition to your new home soon.
    Namaste …

    1. Take care – chronic illness is such a difficult path to travel sometimes – rest yet also find those things that make you feel truly joyful – music became one of my greatest healers when I was really sick – and nature. I can remember sitting in a chair so wrecked I could only move my eyes – I watched an autumn leaf fall all the way from the top of the tree to the ground. It felt like one of the most profound moments of my life for I realised I’d never stopped and looked at life so carefully before.
      The house week will be complete 2 weeks from today – it feels a bit daunting sometimes but will happen in its own good time – all the steps are falling into place. Thanks so much for your kind wishes.

      1. Illness can open our minds and hearts to the wonders we haven’t tkane the time to appreciate before. I focus on the daily. Thanks for your kind words. They’re greatly appreciated.
        Looking forward to some posts on your new adventure. ❤

        1. I’m glad you got something out of what I wrote Isadora. Getting through each day can be a challenge sometimes with chronic illness – pacing and taking time out to see life’s quiet wonders can bring some unexpected joys some days. I hope you get to see lots of flowers where you live. When I was really ill my bed looked out on a tree that burst into bloom with pink camellias one month – it was so beautiful. Sending you love and light – Suzanne. 🙂

  2. You know this is the same with everything in life.
    You would think history teaches us at least anything, but that’s so rare.
    Feel free to disagree but the world changes, and none of us have no control whatsoever over it.
    E.g., imagine Obama had enough balls to put Putin to his place, but it seems like it’s not happening, welcome WW3.
    A profound post, thanks!
    Sarah http://phyto-renew350i.com/

    1. Thanks for your comments Sarah – hopefully the problems in the Ukraine will not escalate into WW3 (and of course – it could be argued that Obama stepping in with the US military to combat Putin could be the trigger that starts WW3).
      Personally I feel for the citizens of the Ukraine. A few weeks ago I met a girl who had family there – she was so worried for their safety she could barely stand. Listening to her speak of her fears really gave the conflict a human face. It’s the ordinary people who suffer so much during war.
      I am a pacifist – I don’t have any answers – just a heart felt prayer that the light of peace shines in the hearts and minds of humanity. When people find peace within themselves we will see it in the outer world.

  3. Good one Suzanne and some very good advice. The driving “productive” mantra of our modern society seems to forget that achieving is not all there is to life…being in harmony with our body is so important…something I should be thinking about myself…thanks for this share a great post!

  4. My experience with adrenal fatigue has taught me this. Finally I’ve learned to stop pushing myself beyond my capacity. A harsh lesson but it beats the alternative – chronic illness. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Realising that was the break through point for me too. It meant going against the ‘wisdom’ of the therapist I was seeing who wanted me to exercise and keep writing and making art when all I wanted to do was stop doing everything for a while. All I did for a few months was listen to music I loved and sit in nature. Slowly I emerged from the depths of chronic fatigue syndrome and began the long road back to health.

      1. Good for you for taking the lead in your self-care. These days our society thinks the answer to life’s problems lies in the “doing” when actually “being” and taking things moment by moment would be just fine. The proliferation of “energy” drinks tells me society has tipped the scale in favour of doing, and I believe we do this at our peril. I had to learn to stop doing and am now, frankly, a better human “being.” All the best to you on your healing journey. 🙂

        1. I totally agree – I consider myself to be ‘in recovery’ from chronic fatigue these days. I had a couple of relapses over the past 12 months that knocked me flat for a few weeks but mostly I am feeling pretty good. I have been feeling like my pre-CFS self over the past couple of weeks – it’s been wonderful. I still pace myself but am hopeful I may have truly turned the corner on the illness.

            1. That’s true – what surprised me about the big relapse I had last year was realising what a huge part stress played in it all. It caught me by surprise. Now I know to spend time alone in nature when stressful events happen – it helps me cope better and goes a long way towards preventing serious relapse.

    1. You seem like a really active person. Maybe you could do Buddhist walking meditations or maybe even some kind of spiritual trance dance- like Sufi dancing. I find when I have a lot of energy but my mind is going into overdrive doing a repetitive task like hand washing the dishes or weeding the garden slows my mind down. 🙂

  5. Listening to my body is the main step to surviving with MS…I’m never going to get my old health back, but I can make the best of what I have, and aim to recover from relapses as best as possible. And that means resting when my body wants it, and even when it doesn’t sometimes. And I concur with find your passion! Keeps you going…

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this with me Sue. I often wonder how you are getting on. Rest is crucial, I agree. And following your joy and passion – sometimes your photos speak volumes about the world you encounter. They’re terrific.

      1. Thanks Suzanne! I’m always pleased that others enjoy my images. I’m trying to up my game and have been taking an online course by Otto von Münchow – about ‘Finding Your Photographic Voice’ not sure I’ve found mine yet, but I’m thinking more about the image. 🙂

        1. that’s interesting. I have been thinking about photographic ‘voice’ over the last few days. I hadn’t thought of taking a course – I follow Otto’s blog – maybe I’ll take one of his courses later in the year when I have more time.

  6. Good that you found the old writing here! I purposely arise early so that I can experience a meditative start to my day. It makes a difference and keeps those Chakras flowing! Better news still with the house find! 🙂

  7. Yes lots of sleep and down time were essential for my own healing and I still meditate for a hour or more each day (usually listening to meditation CDs or ambient music). And yes, I found a house. I thought I said something about on a blog post but I may have forgotten – I used to say ‘I talk to so many people, I forget what I’ve said to who.’ These days with the internet there are all the online conversations I have as well so I’m finding it even harder to keep track of what I’ve said to who. 🙂
    I found a very old stone house – it’s very simple but has 4 bedrooms – it’s on the edge of the CBD in a quiet street in a small regional city and is a walk to the beach. So the household gods were definitely smiling on me. It’s the perfect place to for my daughter and children to start their new life in Oz. I move in early May. Thanks so much for your interest. 🙂

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