Turning Poison Into Medicine

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The revered Sufi poet, Rumi, wrote: “We turn poison into medicine and our sorrows into blessings”

The revered Sufi poet, Rumi, wrote:

“We turn poison into medicine and our sorrows into blessings”

 

I’m thankful for many things. I live a wonderful life, surrounded by loving friends and my beloved husband, Richard; I have the privilege of doing work which I love, and I’m thankful (yes, really) for being diagnosed with diabetes this year. Why am I thankful? Because it finally solved a problem I’ve been struggling with for seven years—a lot of extra weight, gained as I went into menopause, and Richard simultaneously had cancer surgery (He’s been cancer-free since, which is something to be thankful for on a whole other level) and during his recovery I was working two jobs, with a long commute and eating to comfort myself.

After that ordeal was over, I began exercising five days a week, and thought I was eating healthy, but couldn’t budge the weight. I was mystified, because I’ve accomplished everything I ever set out to do in life by overcoming obstacles and figuring out problems, but I was stuck on this. Still I knew from personal experience that standard low-calorie diets didn’t work. I also knew that forcing myself to do things I hated would lead to destructive backlash. I thought back to what had worked for me to overcome problems in the past, and so around the beginning of 2008, it occurred to me to develop an affirmation:

I, Tina, am now creating a healthy body
In easy and natural ways.
Divine Love is healing me now,
And I thank Thee for receiving
That which I need to know,
That which I need, and
That whom I need to know,
And the courage to act upon it,
And the energy to follow through.
In easy and natural, healthy and balanced ways.
Abundance and joy, peace and love.

I repeated it 10 times during each of my swimming sessions, five days a week, and any other time I thought of it.

I believe the energy and focus I gained from this led me to a wonderful hypnotist: Sheri Zampelli of www.donateyourweight.com. The hypnosis sessions really reduced my anxiety about food and weight. I felt much better and more relaxed about food, but the weight still didn’t budge. Nikki Ostrander, of www.naonutrition.com helped me cleanse and feel better.

This article was originally published at Tina B. Tessina. Reprinted with permission.
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