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(Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.). Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is my preferred term for the illness, but I have been diagnosed with both over the years.)
On this page I share the spiritual practices which helped me to keep my heart open to love throughout over 14 years of living with little speech or movement and very inadequate care.
This is a summary page. Click through to read articles about an area of spirituality which interests you.
The spiritual journey can be pursued whatever your level of health or illness.
But physical challenges can actually be an advantage in your spiritual growth. They can motivate you to experiment with a source of strength beyond the physical.
Living with chronic illness, I became motivated to access a strength beyond my own. I needed help to survive, to find peace and hopefully to recover.
Click to read about ways in which spirituality can help when living with illness
Here is a list of my main spiritual practices when living with very
severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I continue to apply most of these
spiritual practices in the present day. Click through to read more about
those which interest you.
I ask for spiritual guidance and aim to hand over to God the immediate circumstances of my life. I cultivate trust that God's guidance is available to me.
Below you will find a few psychological practices which can also be considered as spiritual practices.
Psychology and spirituality can overlap in the benefits they bring. They both have the ability to open your mind to the extraordinary. They both allow you to access resources of strength beyond those which you currently experience.
I seek to talk to myself in a supportive, encouraging way.
There is an overlap here with the Lightning Process™ which teaches a process called self-coaching.
It is common for a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (or any other illness) to be annoyed at themselves for being ill and for those things they cannot do. It is so important to develop an inner voice that lets us know we are supported and loved.
Click here for a page on
how to talk to yourself with self love.
You may find it easier to be kind to yourself when you picture yourself as the child you once were. Inner child work encourages you to do this.
Please visit the website www.HealingCFSME.com for my article on healing the inner child.
Inner child work is mentioned in many books. My book recommendation for inner child work is a book by John Bradshaw.
When living with very severe CFS, I relied a lot on the excellent tapes of Gill Edwards.
These guided inner journeys were amazing for allowing me to access my own inner wisdom.
My physical world was very small due to living with severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Yet, thanks to these CDs (tapes at the time!) I was able to journey far in my mind.
Listening to the CDs developed my creativity.
I tapped into the rich resources of my subconscious and the even richer sources of Divine Wisdom.
(Unfortunately, Gill Edwards' CDs no longer seem to be available.)
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The serenity prayer is a beautiful prayer of acceptance and prayer for guidance about what and how to change. Affirmations for guidance.
Spiritual quotes about rest. A simple powerful quote can allow us to find a moment of inner peace. We rest in God - the love that lies behind this world. ACIM and Bible verses.