January 10, 2016

How to End the Pity Party when dealing with a Common Cold.

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I recently found myself with that familiar sensation that I was about to get sick. We all know how it goes: it starts with a feeling of being a bit colder than usual, then we get a few aches and pains and then comes the dreaded sore throat.

Of course I would be getting sick, it was one week until Christmas. It made perfect sense.

I found myself thinking, “Why does my body always let me down when I need it the most?” I pondered that for a few moments. Why does it always seem to be that I get sick when I really do not have the time to rest and take care of myself properly? It all seemed too ironic.

I feel I should add at this point that I am miserable when I am sick. I feel sorry for myself and tend to have a one person pity party. I realize this is not a desirable quality.

Then the light bulb went off. My body hadn’t let me down; I had let my body down. And every single time I had gotten sick prior to this time, I was responsible for my body not being strong enough to fight off a simple cold. I realize this sounds quite simple and obvious on the surface, but I was beginning to understand this at a deeper level.

My mind started racing with this new found insight at what had led to me getting sick, but more importantly, how I could get better, and fast! My left brain kicked in as I started to think about how our body works.

Scientists are now realizing that the “molecules that make up the physical body are actually a form of vibrating energy.” (1) This discovery is based on Einstein’s discovery that energy and matter are related. We’ve all heard of the famous equation E = mc 2. I certainly don’t pretend to understand the complexities of that equation as I don’t have a scientific background, but I do understand the significance of introducing energy into the story of our how our bodies work.

We are so much more than just a mechanical system of structural parts interplaying with each other. We are a fascinating energy system, with our cells alive and interplaying with the energy and the fields around us. The work of Bruce Lipton Ph.D., has proven this. His book and lectures, The Biology of Belief, demonstrate that our cells need the energy field around them. Without the outside environment (energy) a cell doesn’t do anything, it just simply “is.”

Lipton’s work also concluded that if a human encounters love, or other positive emotions, growth genes are activated. If a human encounters fear, or another negative emotion or negative energy in their field, protection genes are activated. This means that if I start to choose positive emotions, my cells will respond in a positive manner and growth!

Back to me and my pity party. I was starting to see that by choosing negative thoughts and emotions about being sick, I was actually contributing to being sick. My cells were responding by becoming defensive. Now if you think about your personal life, are you ever at your best when you are in defensive mode?

It was up to me to start choosing positive thoughts and emotions to help support all the cells and energy systems in my body. This was hugely empowering. I busted my own pity party!

I knew the first task was to apologize to my body for not taking proper care of it. I apologized and told it that I would do what it takes to help it feel optimal. I would support it by eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water and getting more rest. I stopped for a few moments and felt complete love and appreciation for my body and all it has done for me.

Once I got over the weirdness of talking to my body this way, I found that it made me feel amazingly better. Time to get over myself.

Then I went through different ways I could support my body with my thoughts and beliefs. I also added activities that I know support me in my health, which in turn helps me feel more positive. They are all somewhat interrelated.

Use positive words and phrases to describe how I feel.

Focus my thoughts on what I want in my life, and not what I don’t want.

Use positive affirmations and concentrate on actually feeling those wonderful emotions. Our brains don’t actually know if there is something external to us causing us to feel these emotions, or if they are fabricated.

Eat healthy foods and drink lots of water. Focus on organic fruits and vegetables and avoid sugar and processed foods.


Meditation and mindful breathing.

Spend time in nature.

Energy healing such as reiki and healing touch.

Use of essential oils and crystals

Praying, connecting with the Divine.

I began to focus on all these activities to increase and support my body in its healing.

I did end up getting sick, but it was short lived. More importantly, I didn’t go down the rabbit hole of negativity. I focused my energy on supporting my body in its ability to heal. I felt much more connected with my body. We became partners.

I realized getting sick was my body’s way of asking for help. I loved and helped it, as I would help someone I love.  It was freeing, liberating.



(1) A Practical Guide to Vibrational Medicine: Energy Healing and Spiritual Transformation by Richard Gerber, MD, page 15.

(2) The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton


Author: Andrea Horvath 

Editor: Katarina Tavčar

Photo: Monica H/Flickr

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