Blessings in Food Poisoning

awakening reflection (blog post) self care Nov 23, 2022

by Dr Shuna Marr

A strange title huh?

What blessings could there be in food poisoning? Oh and don't worry... I'm totally squeamish about anything to do with sick, so other than mention that it involved purging (there's that's it over with) that's as far as I go - no icky details.

But the reason I wanted to share this with you is because it felt such a beautiful example of how our perspective on the world can change as we advance through our awakening and how we can come to see beauty and perfection in everything, if we know what to look for.

It happened the other night after dinner

- the most likely culprit was some rice that hadn't been reheated as thoroughly as it should have been (and I've no excuses - I studied for a diploma in advance food hygiene!)

...but as the night went on, it became apparent that this had been dodgy.

As the evening advanced, my body began to purge (see, that's as far as I go) and this happened several times during the evening and into night.

It's not pleasant, whichever end it's coming out of, and I have to admit that, by the final trip to the bathroom at 4am, I was feeling exhausted, shaky, miserable and very sorry for myself.

As I sat there, I reminded myself of the things to say to myself when things are not going the way I want them to.

  • This is not wrong or bad
  • This is happening FOR me and not TO me
  • I am not a victim in this
  • How is this serving me?

I made that conscious shift to adopt the objective reviewer perspective...

And as soon as I made that shift, the answer came to me...

My body was working FOR me. I'd been poisoned. This was its way of keeping me safe.

It was SAVING us ('us' being my consciousness that works in symbiosis with my physical being) and working darned hard at it too!

My physical body was doing all it could to get the poison out its system. It wasn't a punishment; it wasn't something that was wrong or bad or shouldn't be happening.

It was responding to something that HAD already happened.

I now had a choice.

I could rail against my body and the situation and see myself as a victim (and as I've shared in other places, I had a problematic relationship with my body for decades, and projecting blame onto it was a default for me back then).


I could choose to accept this as how things were right now, and decide how I could shift this reality into something better?

I chose the latter.

Radical acceptance, as in, ok I fully accept that it's happening - being angry against it won't help. How do I want to change this reality?

I went the gratitude route - always a good place to start.

As I tapped into the field of gratitude, I felt flooded with gratitude and compassion for my body, and I consciously sent my body waves of love and appreciation and gratitude...

...and as I did so, I could feel my body relax.

My poor body was suffering from the effects of the various hormones and chemicals racing around it, that had instigated the purge, combined with the side effects of the toxins from the poison. 

It was sunk in its misery.

When I sent love and gratitude, it was like my body leaned into me and could finally rest and let go. It was glad that I was grateful. It was happy that I was sending love. It could trust me to hold it in love while it recovered.

Everything does better when it's sent love. It's the number one healing tool.

I enveloped us in a cloud of love and pink healing energy and went back to bed and slept peacefully and solidly for the next few hours and woke feeling much better.

I have seen the blessing of this purging more fully in the subsequent days.

While I've now recovered, my husband, whose body didn't purge at the time, has had days of feeling ill, as the food poisoning has progressed through his system.

I've also realised just how much repaired my relationship with my body has become, that it felt it could trust me to hold space for it while it rested and repaired.

THAT is the biggest blessing I've found in it. What a long way we've come together.

I have no idea if this is of use to you - I know that often things that feel profound and deep inside don't always fully translate when you explain them to others...

... but I thought it might serve as a reminder that when things aren't going well, a reframe and a shift in perspective can make a huge difference to how you feel.

I offer it with love.

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