Your physical and emotional well-being are a function of what you choose to do.
I have a rheumatoid arthritic (RA) condition. It is very painful at times and the pain often radiates from my upper back and travels to my shoulders or limbs.
Last week, I was throbbing in pain most nights. I also had to travel by road on Friday last for three+ hours to Chittoor to address students. My session at a medical college there was for eight hours. While I was in a great amount of pain even when I arrived there, during the day, despite it being physically taxing – being on the floor, addressing a 100+ audience without a microphone – I healed. My pain had vanished by the time I finished the session closer to 6 pm. Yes, I was tired. But I was not in pain.
The RA condition resurfaced by Tuesday this week. But yesterday I spent a lot of time doing housekeeping chores around my home. I love cleaning surfaces, dusting cobwebs, polishing toilet fittings, wiping down tiles and making even furniture or photo-frame crevices dust-free. In the hour I spent doing all this work, I healed again.
I have noticed this time and again. In fact, I talk about a similar experience, that happened in 2010 – again in Chittoor interestingly, in my Book, Fall Like A Rose Petal (Westland). Every time I have an immersive experience doing what I love I heal.
People ask me how I manage to find the time to write my Blog daily. Honestly, I don’t have to work too hard. I enthusiastically look forward to writing daily. It is very therapeutic. In the time that I am writing, there’s a communion, through a confluence of my innermost feelings with thoughts, with words, with my fingers tapping away on the keypad – with the way everything flows and appears on my laptop screen. There is an effortlessness. There is a flow. In the time that I write, I guess there is no ‘I’, there is no AVIS, there is just a oneness. This happens to me every time I address audiences as well. And whenever I am doing housekeeping. Of course, I lose myself in music or nature too. But nothing matches the feeling I experience, of total immersion, with writing, speaking and housekeeping. This is not just uplifting, it is therapeutic and healing.
The only reason I can attribute to why I lose myself, or heal, is that I am, in those times, doing what I love doing the most. Osho, the Master, refers to this as immersion. He says, “When the dancer becomes the dance, magic happens!” So I guess I become the expression – whether I am writing, speaking or cleaning. This healing is not just at a physical level. You also heal at an emotional level. The only way to experience this personally is for you to consider how you are feeling just now, drop whatever you are doing and immerse yourself in whatever you love. In just a while, you will feel infinitely better. Now, if you can replicate this feeling consistently, by doing only what you love, then you will be a lot healthier and happier than you are currently!