Aug 02 2010

How Can I “Accept” A Cold?

Published by at 4:45 pm under What Is


I have a cold!

There’s just no getting away from it. My first clue was a sore throat, then the sneezing, then the drippy nose. My sinuses are full, my head aches, my nose is red and sore, and my ribs hurt from all the constant sneezing. Since I don’t seem to do well with cold “medications” (they make me hyper) I really don’t have any alternative than to suffer through it. Or do I?

In the book A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle says”… whenever you are engaged in doing anything at all… if you are not in the state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm… you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself…” He calls these the modalities of awakened doing so he’s really speaking about actions, but I’m sure it applies equally to anything in our life situation.

So there it is. I’m creating suffering for myself! As if the cold wasn’t enough! But what are my choices? Enjoyment and enthusiasm are definitely out of the question. I’m sorry, but they just don’t work for me. But acceptance – can I accept my current situation?

One thing is unquestioned. This is “what is” and I can’t change it – at least for the moment.

I know that this too shall pass. In a couple of days, this will be behind me and I won’t even be able to remember how I felt. Oh, the words will be there, but have you noticed how difficult it is to recall exactly how you felt? It’s impossible. You may sympathize with how I’m feeling, but you cannot empathize… and it’s not your fault. It’s a bit like labour pains, we remember that it hurt like hell, but we can’t recreate the feelings. And who would want to?

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