Taking a sick day – what did I learn from it?

By Gina Dunlop, teacher, Brisbane

On my morning walks I connect with nature around me, which I love to do. I hear the birds singing, observe the lush magnificent trees, bushes and grasses, smell the fragrance and feel the entire embrace of nature around me. It is beautiful.

But on this one particular morning I could feel my body was aching in many places; I felt heavy and it was pretty hard going.

I contemplated how all those things in nature I was observing were in optimum health and function. Sure, there may be the odd injured bird or animal, but overall everything was functioning spectacularly. My body, a human being on this planet, is a living part on this earth as much as everything else – so why wasn’t I feeling spectacular also? What had I been doing that meant I had a body that wasn’t functioning to the best of its ability and was quite frankly feeling run down and exhausted?

When I got home, I began getting ready for work and realised I was actually sick and I needed to call in unwell. I went into regret and guilt. But on further reflection, I realised there was more – what I was feeling was an irresponsibility.

This was my third day off sick this year – on each occasion, I understood it was my body telling me I was living in stress and nervous energy; I was engaging in behaviours that were not fully supporting me to function optimally and allowing me to flourish.

So with this awareness, on this particular day I felt irresponsible. My body had been communicating with me on two prior occasions and I had deeply understood and linked feeling unwell to these stressful behaviours, but I had not fully dealt with them and here I was unwell again.

On this occasion I decided to do something about it. I spent my day resting and nurturing, but then sought support from colleagues and practitioners. I discovered some new work strategies and visited health practitioners with the willingness, openness and honesty to go deeper at looking behind the behaviours I had previously been exhibiting.

The results have been profound. My body doesn’t buzz with a nervous tension all the time, I am more relaxed and more joyful at work, I have space in my day to be joyful and playful with my partner and young children. I feel so much better!

Since attending presentations by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, I have been blessed with an understanding of how our behaviours directly impact our well-being and health. Our bodies are ideally designed to live in harmony and unison with our environment, like the nature I had observed and mentioned previously. In harmony, we have enough energy to function in optimal health, to accomplish all the physical activities we need to do in our day. However, unlike nature, we can load ourselves up with active thoughts, emotions, concerns, stress, over excitement, or consume food and drinks which don’t support us – these emotions and intakes use up energy we require to function – and more often than not, we ‘run out’ of energy.

It is then our bodies become dis-eased which, over time, leads to disease. The ease we should be living with is disrupted.

Just as nature continually evolves, so too do our bodies – as part of that nature – support us to evolve. Illness and disease are the body’s way of clearing anything that does not support us and they are part of our evolution. It is the body’s way of talking to us – alerting us to our harmful choices and behaviours.

How beautiful and wondrous that our bodies speak to us like this – to view illness as a dialogue, alerting us to behaviours which do not support optimal health and living. How often have we felt this – we get sick – and it provides a moment where we can directly feel and link our illness to a certain way of living – a stressful time recently experienced, a few late nights, eating unsupportive foods. Or we bump into something, hit our ‘funny’ bone, even break a bone – it’s all a ‘stop’ moment our bodies are bringing us to in order to pull us up to reflect on behaviours which are taking us away from feeling awesome.

I, like many, had always felt a connection between behaviours and illness, but since listening to the presentations of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine I have deepened my awareness and acceptance of this inner wisdom and knowing and have brought this to all areas of my life. As a result, I am living with an inner joy and true confidence in myself, which I had never dreamed of attaining.

I am so appreciative of the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for bringing to me these ancient understandings of the science of life and how the world truly operates.

I am a forever student, ever learning from my body and from life how to grow in love and wisdom, every day.

1,131 thoughts on “Taking a sick day – what did I learn from it?

  1. A great article, Gina, exploring illness as a dialogue with the body is such a revolutionary and refreshing perspective… And certainly one that needs to be put forward further in our society.

    1. Having a two way dialogue feels much more supportive than a one way punishment or an affect from outside ourselves that we cannot control, change or have a say in its effects.

  2. ‘Our bodies are ideally designed to live in harmony and unison with our environment,…’ This I feel we often forget. So when something is up, or what we like to think of as wrong with our bodies, it’s important that we ask more questions of ourselves as to why and how we got to this point, because when living in harmony with our environment, there is no reason for all the ills.

  3. Your blog beautifully describes the oneness we all come from, and how nature beautifully reflects this back to us.

  4. It ought to be a really natural thing for us to rest when we are ill yet most people resist it. I know I did until I learned to valve myself more than what task I had to do that day/week etc. Our valve is there at the start of the day and is not gained by what we do.

  5. Beautiful to feel how deeply you were able to connect to your body, and honour it in taking time to rest and recover from your choices, when we choose to acknowledge and observe how we have been living is a reflection of how our body feels, it gives us the opportunity to make more loving choices that support ourselves, our body, and from there all those around us.

  6. The direct way to a speedy recovery is to open to the understanding that we play a part in everything happening in our body. Just a few moments where we stop and hear what the body is saying to us through the symptoms we are experiencing is all it takes. It is this relationship with our body and working relationship with our practitioner that will allow the many levels of healing available to us.

  7. super Gina, once we realise our situation is fully a result of the choices we have made leading up to that point, we have the option to take responsibility to understand how and why we have made those choices and to restore ourselves to the wholeness and truth that we are from. The trap is in the process to start feeling critical, ashamed or judgemental of those choices, but that is just another way to keep us from discarding all that is not of truth to allow ourselves to re-know who we truly are in full.

  8. It is a bit of a revelation once we start becoming more honest with ourselves, just how much we make choices, seemingly subconscious but in fact not, to sabotage ourselves, allow ourselves to run down, get into nervous energy raciness, stay up late, watch bad films rather than go to bed, and the many many other little factors that all add up to us running a way sub-optimal version of ourselves, and then struggle to cope with the life we have created. Starting with the honesty we can then discover the true self-empowerment that comes with acknowledging these false saboteurs and let them go to allow the life we are able to truly live.

  9. Once we start to reconnect to our body’s communication for what supports and nurtures its true state of being, then a vibrancy comes alive, alighting from within, and even though we may yet be clearing health conditions from the past, we can still live with a true vitality and wellbeing and joy in life.

  10. There is definitely a connection between behaviours and illness. I have observed this in my own life and with other people as well. Illness and disease are an opportunity for us to look at how we are living and change it.

    1. If only we all took this stance, the health systems would no longer be under constant strain and we would all be playing our part in our health instead of irresponsibly wrecking our one and only body and then asking our GP to fix it with a prescription for pills.

  11. Many people feel guilty when taking a sick day and feel the need to push through whatever is happening in their bodies. This then compounds the problem causing more illness and disease. To be self nurturing and loving allows our bodies to heal.

  12. ‘I have deepened my awareness and acceptance of this inner wisdom and knowing and have brought this to all areas of my life.’ Bringing this wisdom to all areas of our lives is the key to the joy and inner confidence of which you speak. It is all too common to live with parts of our lives going really well and others really not well at all and think we are doing ok …which of course we are, but life is so much more than feeling ok, so it is well worth bringing our attention to how we are living and caring for ourselves which is the foundation for everything else that follows.

  13. I used to feel irresponsible if I was sick in that I was letting others down that relied on my doings but I now realise that I was letting everyone down if I dropped to being less than I can be. Life is about being first and doing second.

  14. A timely read for me as I head home an hour early due to feeling unwell. It’s great to recognise the irresponsibility at play here – observing it but not feeling critical of myself. I just feel very deeply that I do not want to continue on this merry-go-round and I’m being given a stop moment to have the opportunity to really feel this.

  15. It’s about perspective. When there is illness we can view this as a communication or a stop moment to take stock of what has been the driving forces behind all our actions and behaviours. This is the body’s way of keeping us on track, of letting us know that we are loved and that we are in fact love itself.

  16. This blog opened up a whole new awareness to what I feel when I become sick. I only just clocked that I too feel my irresponsibility when I’m sick. Responsibility shows up in every aspect of our life. It just shows there is no area where it is not needed, and no area that is not effected by our lack of it or our embracing of it.

  17. So wisely shared Gina – thank you. There is a natural order of the universe that when aligned to reflects the harmony of oneness which is seen as vitality and well-being, as is the case and what we witness in nature. Our bodies are constituted from universal components that are obedient to a natural order, and when we choose to move in a way that is in opposition to that order, through the choices we make, what transpires in our bodies is illness and dis-ease, as such the truth of our choices are reflected to us. Through our willingness to develop a greater degree of connection to our body and being we then begin to understand and realise that there is a great degree of awareness and harmony we can be living with, enriching our lives with a greater degree of love, truth and wisdom.

    1. Harmony is the body’s language and no organ or body system would ever try to dominate; but we can run the body so, put an extra load on the liver for example through the way we are living which then reflects as disharmony in the body.

  18. I love that you connect being sick with our irresponsibility – perhaps this is why so many people do not call in sick when they need to because deep down we know what happens in our body and how this affects our work is our responsibility.

  19. Love this blog and the connection between feeling our irresponsibility when we get sick (as I sit here with a slight background headache). It gives us the opportunity to stop and trace back our actions that have led to this point in time when we are feeling rough, and maybe a little sorry for ourselves, but none the less presented with the realisation that our choices have not been loving. At the end of the day it all comes back to us and our choices, no matter what the illness.

  20. How we choose to live each day accumulates and just as indulging in alcohol at night can affect us the next morning, day after day of rushing builds in the body and affects it to. Every day it is our choice or not to living lovingly supporting our body.

  21. The body is a very willing and ever-ready communication platform, sending signals all the time – the more we tune in, the deeper we can go and if possible, the more vital and joyful our life can be. Or, if a return to health is no longer possible, the more accepting, insightful and at ease we can be.

  22. The key is to keep learning, which you capture beautifully in the last paragraph of this blog.
    Currently I employ about 25 staff and of course I factor in that people will and do get sick, what is interesting is how often. Recently we had a major “bug” going around and it felt like everyone was sick, most people were unable to work for a week. I had to cover lots of shifts and ended up doing three weeks in a row working 6 shifts, I did not get sick and still have not got sick. It’s not that getting sick is a negative thing, as it is actually an amazing way to release things that may be stored in our body but we have to ask ourselves if we are getting sick 4 or 5 times a year, how might we be living that may be affecting this number. This level of responsibility I picked up from Universal Medicine presentations.

  23. It is crazy that we grow up in almost ignorance to the fact our bodies communicate to us when it is undeniable that they do. It is such a shame we are not taught this from when we are young so that we learn to listen and honour the messages we are given around the choices we are making. It is a divine gift to be shown so clearly how our movements through life may not be supporting us to flourish so that we can then chose to change them… for ignorance only serves to perpetuate irresponsible choices.

  24. What I find interesting reflecting on ‘sick days’ is that we have a commonly known phenomenon of ‘taking a sickie’, which is done with the attitude of ‘well I haven’t been sick for a while so I’m just gonna take a sickie because it’s owed to me’! The interesting part is how far away from responsibility we have gone if we think it’s ok to do this even when we are not sick.

  25. It is great to rest and take care of ourselves when we get sick, but it is also important and wise to reflect back and see if how we have been living could have been a contributing factor to why we actually did get sick.

  26. The body is constantly communicating and facing my irresponsibility hasn’t been the big drama I make it to be when trying to ignore or avoid it. Facing my irresponsibility also allows me to see and feel my responsibility which feels very freeing.

  27. There is so much to learn about the human body, it is the most fascinating study because as we go deeper in to our general understanding of it, it opens up to us the truths of the universe.

  28. I am reading this, at home on a sick day myself Gina. At first I was down on myself for being ill and thought I had better just stay locked up at home. But then I felt what was needed was to get some support – and now after receiving some healing care from a friend my body feels so much more at ease and ready to rest. When we get ill our body is communicating something vital, so it’s important we don’t override or shut down from being open to hearing what it’s got to say, whatever the way or language that it speaks. Otherwise another year, another day we’ll be affected in just the same way. The offering is there for us to learn from, if we care to.

  29. This is a very useful link between how nature is and ‘us’ being a part of that nature and the choices we make within it. We, as human beings consider ourselves to be above or separate from everything else and yet more and more we are seeing the connection. A connection that was never lost because truly you can’t lose something that is intrinsically always there. We see nature as doing one thing and us being able to virtually do what we choose. But as we are seeing and saying we are nature, it’s one and the same deal as we all return back to the same place as our physical body shows. So we spend a lot of time and energy walking away from something that we can’t truly walk away from, all to prove that we can make it appear as though we can walk away, confused? Let’s keep the awareness growing of how and who we truly are as there is more to this all than currently meets the eye.

  30. It is a huge wake up call when we are stopped by illness and injury depending if we want to stop and listen or simply wait for the symptoms to go.

  31. I love the way you talk about our bodies being a part of nature and that because of this fact they are naturally harmonious. Yes our choices can let us down and take us away from this harmony. Some great points here. Thank you.

  32. To be able to understand and accept that any illness or disease ultimately comes down to our own lack of responsibility of how we live and take care of ourselves, is a huge step towards our own self healing process.

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