I’m giggling as I type this because the last time I wrote a story that involved a headache one of my friends teased, “Geez. John gets a headache and we all get an email about it.” It’s good to have friends that make you laugh and keep you humble. Well, Steven, I got another headache and you got another email about it. By the way, if you’d like to read the last story of how my headache led to a turtle miracle, click this link.

Unfortunately, there was no turtle this time, but there was a miracle. I woke up on Tuesday morning with a dull ache in the back of my head that seemed to be stemming from muscle tension in my neck. By the time I returned home from my morning appointments and errands, the pain had increased dramatically and was now accompanied by slight nausea.

I thought perhaps it was a hunger headache because I had skipped breakfast, but sadly, a healthy lunch did not help. Unable to concentrate on the work I needed to do, I decided it was best to lie down for a while. I put lavender oil on my temples and fired up my bean bag heating pad in the microwave to place under my neck. For my fellow A Course in Miracles students, I also remembered to ask Holy Spirit to remove the guilt buried deep in my unconscious mind which is the true source of pain, and then I took some ibuprofen. Thankfully, these remedies gave me some relief, but a lesser version of the headache still lingered.

My next thought was to soak in a hot bath with Epsom salt to release my muscle tension. That’s when my ego took the opportunity to remind me of the emails I needed to answer and the phone call I needed to make. It was getting late in the day, so I considered pushing past my pain to get some work done. Then I had a moment of clarity. Even if I did attempt to work, it would not be quality work. More importantly, why would I put emails before my health and well-being? Those emails and that phone call would have to wait until the next day. I had a date with Dr. Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salt in the tub. After a 45-minute soak, my headache and nausea were almost completely gone.

That may seem like the miracle, but the real miracle was when I shifted from fear to love. It was fear telling me it wouldn’t be okay if I didn’t get that work done. It was love reminding me to practice self-care. The next morning, when I felt better, I answered those emails and made that phone call, and everything worked out just fine.

If you would like some assistance shifting from fear to love around any circumstance in your life, please consider a series of Life Coaching sessions or joining me for Family Constellations this month. Both produce miraculous results! Look around my website or send me an email for more information and to schedule a session.

Until next time, no matter what’s going on, please take these loving words to heart from my talented friend Karen Drucker in her beautiful song, “Gentle with Myself.”

“I will be gentle with myself. And I will hold myself like a newborn baby child.”

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