Mind and Body


Recently I was challenged by an abrupt hospitalization due to severe and intolerable spleen pain. Before I knew what was happening, I was in the hospital emergency room, then transported to a patient room with numerous special teams taking care of me. High doses of intravenous pain medication took the pain away like a dream but left me numb and out of touch. I knew this was only temporary, and that the final regiment would be effective and comfortable. The most important thing then was that the pain was gone.

But I have never felt so strange in my life. It felt like my physical and spiritual body were separated. And the question popped into my mind: “why would people drug themselves, is this what they are looking for”? Sure, problems disappear, and an artificial balance is created, but feelings disappear as well, and isn’t that what allows a human being to enjoy pleasures, feelings, and to grow? Lots of questions went through my mind during that short period of time, and I feel grateful and in awe of the complexity of our mind and body. Here I was crippled with pain and feeling sorry for myself, then I go through a period of complete pain-free detachment, and finally, my whole being comes together again. The image of a dog shaking wildly and bringing all the hair back in place again, that’s in a way how I felt. And it was a heavy shaking!

I am nearly back to my old self, pain-free I would like to point out, and I am grateful and delighted. I am still struggling with some of the drug effects, but they are disappearing rapidly. The doctors at the Mayo did an awesome job, and I am grateful for my blessings; doctors who can perform such miracles are mind-boggling and my gratitude is deep.

The mind and body connection is a miracle. Treat it with respect and be grateful for the blessings it provides. This experience in my life is difficult to describe, but hopefully, I was able to give you a glimpse. It will always be at the forefront of my mind. It made me clearly aware of the need to keep a harmonious relationship between the two so we can enjoy life to the fullest.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

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16 Responses to “Mind and Body”

  1. Sandy

    Silvia – I am sorry for this experience, but how like you to walk through the experience, dissect it – to understand it, and then share it in a way that could be helpful!

    God bless you,

    • Silvia Coggin

      Sandy, thank you so much for your understanding. Years ago I got the spiritual message that I want to spread the word and that’s when I started my blog and my book. I am deeply grateful for you as my friend and reader.

  2. Robin L Peel

    I’m sorry you had to endure such pain, and am glad you’re on the other side of it with new insights and appreciation of the body-mind connection.

  3. Connie

    Thank you so much for sharing, I am so happy and grateful that you came through that experience. I’m sorry that we did not connect but we will at Christmas time. Love and miss you.

  4. Marilyn Brown

    We are so sorry to hear you had this experience. However, so glad you are doing much better. Please take care of yourself. We miss you over here on Bonita Ridge.

    • Silvia Coggin

      Hi Marilyn, What a surprise to see your kind words. How are you and Bob? Let’s get together when the pandemic has run its course. You brought memories back, and we would love to see you.

  5. Toshiko Hosoya

    Silvia, I am just impressed with your mental health and strength. Even after the ordeal of the spleen treatment, you
    are thankful of noticing the connection of mind and body, and writing the article.

    You are inspiring me and I am very grateful that you send Not Just Cooking to me, whom you first met in 1997 and have not seen each other since 2001 in Paris.

    • Silvia Coggin

      Toshiko, It is always so touching to hear from you, and yes, I remember fondly our first meeting. Time flies and I always enjoyed your company. Unfortunately, I cannot travel any longer but you are in my mind and heart. You are a strong woman, and I have a deep appreciation for you. Take good care of yourself!

  6. Heide

    I am so sorry that you had to endure such pain. Glad that you are feeling better though. Hope it stays that way. All the best.

  7. Robert Oro

    You continue to amaze!
    Mind body is especially important to understand during Covid.
    You inspire!
    Hi to Steve.
    Enjoy the Journey,
    Bob and Debbie


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