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Theresa May's cough

Posted by Simon Parke, 09 October 2017, 11.08am

Theresa May recently had an unfortunate time with a cough.

It was quite bad… and possibly the most written about cough in history.

She’d had a cold all week apparently, throughout the conference, feeling under the weather. (And there’s a lot of that in Manchester.)

So perhaps her body was telling her something; because our body can be a great advisor, if we listen.

It was, after all, a rather difficult time for the Tories, with leadership plots bubbling under the surface…the bloke with blond hair…poor polls…Jeremy Corbyn fast becoming Jesus.

May desperately needed a ‘good speech’. 

But her body didn’t allow it.

Her body said ‘Enough’.

The only occasion I’ve had time off sick, was in the only job I’ve disliked.

I went down with something I couldn’t shake off, the like of which I’d never experienced before or since.

It’s as though my body was taking me aside, offering a word in my ear. It took me awhile to listen.

I know of someone who only gets headaches on their day-off, when the unresolved tension can come out. (It’s not allowed in the work place.)

While others know they are stressed because they get back ache; for some, that’s where it goes, every time.

For others still, cold sores appear.

The body speaks variously.

I saw a woman recently who had started to cry whenever she saw a couple holding hands. She couldn’t help herself, tears flowed; but equally, she couldn’t understand it.

‘I didn’t know what was happening! And I’m not the crying sort!’

It led her to revisit her past in a most helpful and healing way. She has stopped crying now.

But it had been her body which first waved the warning flag and suggested there were things that needed her attention.

Our body may not misbehave as publicly as the Prime Minister’s.

But it’s always worth listening.

Mind, body and spirit are not separate lands, but closely related, with much coming and going across the open borders.

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