Symptoms of a Spiritual Cold
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We’re so used to living in a world where only what is tangible is real. Making it easy to just believe in what our eyes can see, and our hands can touch. The practice of mindfulness and compassion can help us choose to perceive the outside world from a perspective that is of service to our spiritual health.

Just like how our body gets tired and run down and needs a break from time to time, so does our soul. When we veer off a steady diet of love and gratitude, our soul begins to lack the proper nutrients that let energy flow, just like in our body. Much like our ability to walk up a flight of stairs requires a certain level of fitness, our ability to choose love in challenging situations requires a healthy connection to our soul.

As someone who’s struggled with depression for years, I’ve learned that having compassion can mean the difference between feeling broken and having what I like to call, a spiritual cold. Instead of the physical symptoms of a fever keeping you up all night, the spiritual symptoms may appear as anxiety about paying your bills. The physical aches and pains that make having a cold so uncomfortable, now manifest as feelings of being unloved and not good enough. Headaches show up as nagging, self-deprecating thoughts. If being of service to others is losing its joy and you’re starting to feel like it’s thankless work, it’s time to take a break. That’s the tickle in your throat, letting you know to be kind to yourself, and get some rest because just like a cold, a pessimistic attitude is every bit as contagious.

When our soul is healthy, we’re happy for our friends, social media is fun, we’re able to let go of whatever is not serving us, and we can see our future through a beautiful, optimistic lens. If we continually get signs of fatigue from our bodies and don’t rest, eventually our body will take over and shut everything down, whether we have the time for the break or not. It’s not our nature to be cruel or uncaring, just like it’s not our nature to be sick and weak.

As I wrote in my last blog, just because there may not be a name for what you’re going through, doesn’t make it any less real. Love, gratitude, and compassion need to be treated as medicine for our soul. Now, you can’t package it or buy it over the counter, so naturally, the pharmaceutical companies aren’t trying to share this secret with you. But love does heal; gratitude can interrupt anxiety and compassion is life’s natural valium. Taken consistently, morning and night, I promise you will start to feel your natural joy begin to come back.

I write this in hopes that anyone who is going through a rough time, can shift their perspective from fear to love.  As always, I want to know what you think by letting me know in the comments.


Thank you so much for reading.  With love and so much appreciation.


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(4) Comments:
Stewart Adam Mckensy
Thank you Lisa for the spiritual encouragement. It definitely helps me to continue to strive to be the best person I can be and reminds myself to never make a decision based on fear. Xoxo
Hey Lisa. So glad to read this and to read it today. Just over 2 weeks ago I had a total meltdown. I had just come home from an appointment to work on my broken body and the practitioner really laid into me about my lifestyle. I know I am too busy, I know it is currently unworkable, I know what I am taking on is unrealistic, but having someone else point it out to me and say that it was affecting my body (which was one of the reasons my life is unworkable in the first place). Well it was just too much for me spiritually. And it was a day I could not stop. So I told myself to push through and at the end of the week I would stop and take pause. But like a Spiritual Cold, I did not get to choose- There was no escaping it, I was ABSOLUTELY IN THE MUCK. So I had to cancel things, work, life, etc and give myself a few hours to be with the mess I had created. And I put into action space to honour myself. Now Here I am 2 weeks later and bit by bit, one moment at a time, I am choosing to not listen to that little voice/feeling deep inside, deeming it not a priority, and whammy I can feel I am getting pulled back in the muck! Today I had my “push through, work is more important” hat on and all of these Bizzare obstacles showed up until finally my car battery just randomly died. I had to laugh, if I didn’t stop and slow down life was going to do it for me. And so here I am- back at the spiritual cold, to see if I can pay attention to the tickles in my throat, drink the OJ before it is needed, get the fresh air, start to listen to my wiser inner self... Thank you Lisa for giving it a name and a concept for me to try on. Xoxo
Jean-Michel Le Gal
Great blog! Just what I needed. Your words are medicine!
Lorenzo Simmons
Lisa Berry. Since I first saw you. I feel a connection between us. When I read your Blog spiritual cold. I felted I had to respond. It one of the reason I feel connected to you. I guess I have to work with you to bring healing to you and others. I like your blog the spiritual cold. I like you put you can heal the soul with love, gratitude and compassion. Love is energy. Everything is energy. In Life you going to have sick times and healthy time in life. In the sick times try to stay positive. When you sick. What you do you take medicine, rest and think positive. When healing the soul it's the same thing. Think and be in love, have Gratitude and compassion. Do things you love. Do things to tap into your higher self. Pray, meditate, be thankful, Walk, write, sing, dance, blog. What give you joy. Do things to heal your soul. Get your joy back. Try to stay around positive things and people. Try to watch and listen to positive things and people. Remember everything is energy. You have to do it over and over to change things. It take time to change things. It take time to heal. One of the seeds of the harvest is thankful. I ask people to have a spirit of gratitude. In the morning after you pray. I ask people to be thankful for the good things in their life. Having a spirit of Gratitude you realize you have much more in your life than you thought. Be thankful for what want to manifest. When you have a sick period. Have compassion for other people. The beauty of life something going to show up to give you a chance show compassion to somebody else to take your mind off of your problems. Hey Lisa you right it get back to love. God give you a chance to love your life. You can be grateful that for love and you can show love in form of compassion for others. Remember that love is coming back to you. Everything is Energy. Lisa Berry thank you giving me to a chance to show all three with this post. It Women History month I ask Women to learn some women history I ask women to make their own history I ask to be loving to other women. God Bless you Lisa. Stay in love Lisa. Remember Lisa love is the key. In this post love is the form of healing, gratitude and compassion. Hey Lisa check out my Blog Lorenzo Simmons Blog Lisa Berry. Hey Lisa I feeling you. Some Lorenzo Love From Lorenzo Simmons