Sickness, hospital, confined to the bed -- who would ever wish to be there either as a patient or as an attendant. But, life is not of choices of our own. One may plan everything in detail for the next day and go to bed. Wake up only to face the reality.
Few are indeed unfortunately fortunate to observe the functioning of this great equipment called body and mind in such situations. I dont wish anyone for such a experience but at the same time when it happens, instead of getting caught with the sickness and the gloom of the whole region, you may choose to make use of it to observe yourself and the others too.
Firstly, when we are clear with the understanding of body, mind and soul, the connectivity with our ownself does not succumb to the sicknesss of the body. No doubt, we watch the body failing in its functioning. The connectivity turns the duty as compassion. We watch and attend to our own body with so much compassion and the same happens when we are a attendant for others too. Compassion is at its peak when the mind is clear and detached.
There is no emotional binding but a lot more responding to the situation. Words get limited and expressions of love flows abundantly. Just sitting by the side of the patient and allowing oneself to just be can leave you with an experience beyond words.
A healthy mind is a great booster to an ailing body and attending to an ailing person too. The levels of awareness and alertness is at its best. Thats why, you may have come across family members opting for such a person to be there in such situations. Just the presence of such a person instills confidence in the patient too.
You can still watch the sunrise and be in its warmth, sitting in the hospital.(ofcourse depends on the part thats affected). You only have to be lucky to get a room facing the east to watch the sunrise. When the body is affected, there is an effect on the mind and vice versa too. But, to go beyond and apply all the learning of healthy mind, detachment etc, one has the possibility of remaining in the self and attendant to the surface.
Above all, the sense of gratefulness to The Creator is immense. What we tend to take it for granted, we understand its importance. Every cell of this body and mind enables us to be our ownselves in so many ways. Instead of waiting for an opportunity to realize the greatness of this body and mind for its functioning and also help us to know our real self, every moment shall abide in gratefulness to The creator.