"We never step in the same river twice." Don Elwick
I have always wondered why a chronic illness has to be chronic. Why, once triggered, must an autoimmune response remain in the “on” position? If it is true that all the cells in your body renew themselves every 7 years why would that exclude cells impacted by my illness? Why, once an autoimmune reaction is triggered, can’t it be reversed?
Once again, moving may offer insight into health and healing. When you live in a home for even one or two years your body develops routine patterns of behavior. Move to a new home and those patterned routines no longer work. The kitchen in my new home is completely different than in my last home. Not only is it much bigger and more open, the location of the drawers relative to the sink and dishwasher are opposite to what they were. The first couple of days in the new house I actually spun around in circles in the middle of the kitchen floor. My body moved in one direction while my brain tried it’s best to remember and then redirect my body to go in a new direction.
One of my dogs exhibited the impact of patterned conditioning. The first few nights, when it was time to go into her crate at night, she made a right turn into my room after coming up the stairs rather than turning left to where her crate is. In the old house, her crate was to the right of the doorway. It was rather comical. As soon as she saw that her crate wasn't there she changed direction. After all, there was a treat at the end of the journey!
Without a doubt, routine makes life easier. Learning how to navigate around a new home is hard mental work. Not only is the kitchen different, but the entire layout of the home is, too. We don’t live on one story anymore, we live on three. Up and down and up and down we go, trying to remember to take things with us, or where they are in the first place.
Back to illness and renewal. It occurs to me that if we stay in the same environment surrounded by the same things, and move in the same ways, thinking the same thoughts, and responding in similar ways to routine events, even though the cells in our bodies do renew themselves, they may do so with the stored patterns intact.
I titled this post, "We never step in the same river twice" because it suggests that even though we think we are the same, that our house and the people in our lives are the same, we change- or have the capacity to change - a little bit every day. We go to sleep at night, recharge our batteries, dream our dreams, and wake up to a new day.
I do not pretend to know what creates illness, what heals illness or if it's actually possible to shut off an autoimmune response once activated. I know all too well that life's journeys, even the difficult ones, are just what they need to be regardless of the outcome. I guess I would like to think that within the journey nothing is absolutely absolute.
What are your thoughts on this?