"Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you - all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are."
-- Rachel Naomi Remen
Stress is the main "trigger" for Crohn's and Colitis, but it is not always obvious what is causing us to feel that inner tension. There are people that appear calm and relaxed on the outside, but they have an inner war going on that can be very destructive. That is especially true for children and young adults. Even though they do not have to deal with the same amount of responsibility as an adult might have to, life can be perceived as threatening, unsafe, confusing and overwhelming. Everything that is entering our life in addition to that inner tension, can not be digested in the true meaning of the word. Eventually we will have to find out and look at what causes that imbalance.
Isolation and depression go hand in hand with chronic illnesses, especially with Crohn's and Colitis. For most people it is uncomfortable to talk about it, and the pain is keeping us away from the joy of socializing. Going to school or work might become an unbearable chore. Once we have nothing left to look forward to, we are on a downward spiral that will feed the disease. Nurturing ourselves, rebuilding and healing the parts that were weakened during our lifetime, are important steps to reverse that process.
Each individual life is unique and precious, but we cannot be healthy, if we feel disconnected from the sacred flow life itself. This is not a new age discovery, it is a universal law, that we have to understand in order to find ease (instead of dis-ease) and joy in our existence. Love for oneself and the will power to follow a better path is the key to true healing and health.