I recently came down with the flu. I don’t remember the last time I got so sick. Fever of 103, chills, delirium, the whole shebang. When all was said and done, I had lost over 4 pounds and I felt absolutely wiped out. I kept telling myself, tomorrow I’ll be ready to rock! Well it was more like ready to take a few steps and then crawl for the rest of the day. I’m finally getting back to my norm, but I’m still not 100%.
Through all this, I tried to maintain my meditation routine with at least a few mindful breaths. On the day of the 103 fever, I don’t remember if I did so, as most of that day was a blur.
I stopped drinking coffee during the illness. I haven’t started back up again. I’m going to enjoy a few more caffeine-free days before I get back on the java juice. I miss it but I’m not dying without it.
I feel like I’m seeing things a little differently. Things I hadn’t noticed before, but were always there, are popping into my consciousness. I’m starting to wonder if this is how people come back from a silent retreat. Get cut off from the world for two or three days then reconnect to it in new ways?
I hope to do a meditation retreat in the near future. I think it will be a better way to do a reboot than getting influenza.