Is The Journey The Destination In Chronic Illness Recovery?

So many times in life we are attached to a destination we want to get to. In this case, recovering from our chronic condition(s). That is great. But also realize that there is great merit in this journey regardless of how long it takes...


Retraining the amygdala and insula is an amazing thing you are all doing, it requires courage, commitment, and acts as a strengthener. It is a spiritual accelerator.


I would say that it is one of the most amazing achievements that a human being can gain - gaining control over one's own mind, especially a part of the mind that is so anxious and over-powering.


So don't underestimate what you are all doing - you all deserve a medal for whatever retraining you achieve! This is amazing work you are engaged in! Over time people realize that the battle in life is not with other people, situations, or the world....the battle is with one's own mind. And in fact it is not a battle really, it is a journey into true maturity, true inner strength.


Most patients I have worked with have come out of the other end feeling like they have really achieved something. They come out really valuing the important things in life, and letting go of old fears they used to have.


So whenever you are retraining and feel that it is getting hard, or you've taken a step back, or are fed up, remind yourself that you are doing an amazing thing here! You are rewiring your brain! You are doing something which most people would rather not attempt, so don't feel bad if you can't do it straight away....just keep going, everyone can get there eventually.


And recognize that the beauty of what you are doing is in the process relax into the journey.


So onwards and upwards brave warriors, keep going!



Ashok Gupta is the Director of the Gupta Program. He has dedicated his life to helping people get their life back from Chronic Illness, improving people’s well-being, and helping them achieve their potential. He has been teaching meditation around the world for over 15 years. He runs a global e-clinic specializing in treating ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia & Multiple Chemical Sensitivities –

Ashok has spent many years researching the brain neurology of emotion and linking well-being tools with science. He has published medical papers on the basis of stress-related illnesses. He has appeared in many media as an expert on stress on the BBC, CNN, Guardian Newspaper, ITV, The Independent, and many others.

He wrote and presented the Meaning of Life Experiment which is a Free, Award-winning Meditation and Self-Development App

He also works with companies around the world, teaching courses in Leadership, Time Management, and Personal Development.

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