I first met Josh Bowman at an art opening in my Parkdale neighbourhood.
Josh works for Second Harvest, an organization that feeds hungry peeps with foods that stores/restaurants would have otherwise tossed away. It's a super cause. Josh also writes a blog called "Ten Things I've Learned". A brilliant concept, I think. And when he asked if I would guest post, I was more than happy to. It sounded like a fun exercise. Have a peak over at this site, I am most certainly not the most creative or inspired up there. He's got lots of cool peeps!
Ten Things I've Learned From Healing An Incurable Disease
- Take others’ opinions with a grain of salt. It is just an opinion and only our own opinions of ourselves and our current situation really matter. I received the opinion that I had an incurable disease and nothing I ate or did regarding my lifestyle would have an effect. I chose to trust my own opinion that this was not true. That has made all the difference.
- How to cook... really well. Prior to this experience I owned one cookbook called “Help! My Apartment Has A Kitchen”. Four years later, I own and operate a cooking school.
- Yoga is more than twisting yourself into a pretzel. I was one of those before-work, gym nut heads who rolled in at 6:00am, kicked my own bottom for an hour and then raced off to work. When high impact workouts were no longer an option, I turned to yoga. Yoga is a gazillion times harder than climbing a stair master and doing crunches until you want to puke. Yoga makes you actually look at yourself from the inside- and realize some change has to happen.
- Life may not always bring you sunshine and rainbows, but if you wait out the storm long enough, they always appear if you look for them. That’s all I have to say about that.
- A cute outfit doesn’t mean much when you feel like total crappola. Great health means more than high heels and manicured nails.
- Always, always, always trust your intuition. If you can’t hear it, that means your life is too noisy. Be still a little bit everyday and you will start to hear the voice, and over time you will learn to listen. And over even more time, you will learn that it is always right.
- When you do something in your life that other people deem impossible in theirs, you suddenly become labelled “an inspiration”. I like that I inspire people but I don’t wake up every morning with the thought, I am going to inspire today! I just do what I do, because it feels right for me. This means that the people I find inspiring are just doing what seems right to them. I think this means that we all inspire others in our own way, just by being true to ourselves.
- When something goes wrong in our body or in our mind – whether it be a disease, an injury or a broken heart – to fight it, to fight for a cure or for someone’s love, doesn’t help us heal. It creates more resistance. When we can learn to feed and nourish and give ourselves what is needed to work with the challenge rather than against, that is how we heal.
- Vegetables are delicious. They used to make me gag. Then I learned I just didn’t like hard chunks of carrot in my salads. There are loads of other ways to enjoy carrots and loads of other vegetables I love to eat. I just had to get creative and explore the unknown.
- I am better off happily creating than creating to be happy. We think that if we work now, even if we hate it, that the benefits or payoff will bring happiness to the future version of ourself. When I think back five years at who I was dating, where I was working and the life I thought I was working towards, it is definitely not what would make me happy today. A waste of precious time it would be to take on misery now to try and achieve something that is only serving to satisfy and bring joy to a future version of myself? I would end up disappointed for a good portion of my life.Things can change in an instant, with a diagnosis, a disaster.. anything! The greatest gift we can offer ourselves is to wake up happy, excited about the day ahead and go to bed pleased with the job that we did, accepting that the process itself is the outcome, and that we did our very best at every given moment.