While dealing with a recent plateful of Fibromyalgic pain, I couldn't help but notice the difference in my life on Isla Mujeres and it's effectiveness in dealing with the misunderstood family of syndromes that have plagued me for decades that including Chronic Fatigue and Restless Leg…
For the uninitiated: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia offers a fairly complete summary.
There are many that wonder why I spend time on the island… away from my family and friends and have begun to build a life here…on the surface there are many that might view my choice to be here as selfish, self-indulgent and an unnecessary luxury…I urge you to look deeper.
Although my need for the approval of others diminishes the older I get, I submit the following as a way for others to understand the purpose in a different light…
The fact is that in many ways, la isla has been and continues to be a salvation from the joint stiffness, debilitating fatigue and sleep problems associated with life in a Colorado climate when compared to the warmer, tropical climate I find myself in now.
Although the change in seasons that will bring joy to so many others brings an unwelcomed level of pain to those of us affected, the climate is not the only factor on the island that seems to unconsciously serve me so well…the slower pace of life, the sense of family and community, and the peaceful nature of this place all seem so natural compared to the traffic jams, the need for social classification and a general need for over-stimulus of any and all of our senses…the constant noises from car traffic and air traffic are replaced by the sound of the sea, the joy of laughter and the lively music in the air.
Just as my wife Karen continues to have a profound effect on me and my ability to cope thru her gentle touch and loving smile, la isla's tranquil feel and healing characteristics have had a significant impact on the quality of my life.
The cognitive dysfunction known commonly as "fibro fog" that still affects me has been reduced substantially by the inexplicable increase in my ability to breathe normally while sleeping in this climate. I have said to many over the years that a good nights sleep is priceless…my body's ability to heal itself has been reintroduced to me as more often than not I am able to sleep as if I were a baby…priceless is understatement for those of us that have gone years…perhaps decades…without such a privilege.
Although he may not recall the impact of his assistance, I am forever grateful to my father for his un-asked-for guidance in helping me find the professionals that provided an understanding my body's inability to heal itself.
In many ways, I feel as though Karen saved my life and I am indebted to her for doing so…truly a gift from God, Karen has had a profound effect on my life with her gentle touch, unassuming ways and her loving smile…I am deeply grateful for her unselfish grace in allowing my life to be transformed on la isla.
In a similar way, our discovery of the island has resurrected my life in spirit and in functionality.
I feel sorry for the next generation of young Americans that are bombarded by incessant messages of compulsive consumption and the endless spiral of spending and impending debt…a place where everything has a need to be extreme…from snow skiing to a purchase at a fast food joint…the hustle and bustle of the US is not something I miss at all… where your next meal is just a drive-thru away and where families take a back seat to an overload of commercial advertising. I somehow feel a need to take a small dose of Ritalin before watching a 30 second movie trailer, so I opt out of that experience…but I digress…
True to form, fibromyalgia has affected my view of life in the US as the onslaught of unhealthy messages permeates the culture…the very nature of the syndrome puts my mind on overload easier than the next guy for sure…
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As I look at my life over this Thanksgiving weekend, I cannot help but feel thankful for the greatest gifts provided to me by God: my loving parents… my beautiful children… my wife who is truly the love of my life… and the gift of Isla Mujeres.