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Peace, Love and Thyroid

Ahimsa is a term in Eastern religions that literally translates to “non-violence”. This is a very powerful concept, not only in relating with others, but also with ourselves. It is the ahimsa towards our own minds and bodies that is too often overlooked but is the cornerstone of self-care.

Practicing ahimsa is a crucial part of my own healing process. For me, this means making sure that I am giving myself the best possible care each day. I am nourishing my body with foods that support my health; I am eating enough and often. This means plenty of fresh air, sunshine, meditation, walks and yoga. Ahimsa towards myself definitely means resting when I need to, without judgement. It means appreciating how hard my body is working for me, rather than focusing on how much weight I’ve gained from living with low thyroid. It also means being gently aware of my numerous symptoms and finding way to bring ease to each one, instead of allowing frustration to bubble over. It definitely means allowing frustration to bubble over when it needs to as I stay true my emotions (and I have plenty of emotions to stay true these days!)

I am aware that this is a long process of healing. I have a rare opportunity to face true adversity and grow from this. The more we consciously choose how to respond to a situation rather than reacting to it trains our minds and bodies to be more in touch with how we want to be. By cultivating inner peace through actively dealing with illness, I should be kinder in my relations with others as well.

Being hypothyroid isn’t something that I would have necessarily chosen for myself, of course. But I plan to be stronger and wiser from this and I will know how to care for myself on a deeper level than I have ever known before. I have a long way to go and each day brings a new chance to practice ahimsa towards myself.

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  1. Michael

    “In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make”
    I love You!!!!

    1. Mikelle

      I love you too 🙂

  2. Christine

    Oh my! I’m so glad we connected! In January, I was diagnosed with a non-therapeutic thyroid and severe Vitamin B12 deficiency. It has been and amazing gift as I’ve gone even farther into healthy food choices, weight loss and health as a result. I’m so pleased to find you!
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    1. Mikelle

      Hi Christine~ I am so glad we connected too! It sounds like you have a beautiful outlook towards your healing. I am looking forward to knowing how you are progressing and what you are doing to take care of yourself. Please know that this site is a forum for all of us to share our challenges and successes. Best wishes to you on your healing journey 🙂

  3. Jacqueline Gates

    Such delicious serendipity!

    Sixteen years ago I got Graves disease, and had my thyroid oblated (killed off) with a dose of radioactive iodine.
    Since then, I’ve had to supplement it and have battled to get traditional medicine to realize that despite have ‘normal’ blood test results, I’m still hypothyroidic.

    So I deeply empathize with what you’ve gone through, angel, and I’m deliriously delighted that our paths crossed because I too am using the ‘food as medicine’ approach.

    Along with deep appreciation for how hard my body is trying to deal with all these challenges, I’m supporting it as much as I can by nourishing both body and soul.

    I’m now on day 25 of a juice fast (not complete fast but mostly green juices and whole fruit) and the difference in energy has been amazing.

    As I wean myself back on to whole foods, I’m going to dream of the moment when I can sink my teeth into your quinoa pizza!

    the goddess known as Jacqui
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    1. Mikelle

      Beautiful Jacqui~ I am grateful that we have found each other! So happy that your juice fast has been transformative. I also love how juice fasting makes me feel and am looking forward to the day that my system will be able to handle it again. In the meantime, I am nourishing myself the best way I can with food…and my conventional medicine. I tried desperately for awhile to avoid the medicine completely but discovered that I was losing ground and getting sicker. I can’t help but feel frustrated that you are not able to get the care that you deserve. I’m not sure what the situation is in your part of the world, but is it possible for you to visit a naturopath who would prescribe a treatment based on your symptoms rather than test results?

      I look forward to sharing our journeys to wellness together 🙂

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