I don’t blame the Au pair anyway. Meeting her was just one of the many contributing factors that led to my cold. As a Buddhist I believe in karma, that the main cause for experiencing this cold is my need to resolve a disharmony in my being that I have created through actions in the past.
Within the realm of duality of our relative existence all our actions create seeds that will ripen in the future. Actions that are not in accord with our true nature are called negative and lead to suffering. Actions that are in accord with our true nature are called positive and bring happiness. When suffering arises, the best approach we can take is to see it as a purification of a past karma. If we are able to not react with negative emotions we will not create more negative karma.
The ultimate solution to suffering is to discover the essence of our being. The more we can discover that what we are is much bigger than our body, sensations, emotions and thoughts the more we will connect with the peace, love and wisdom that are inherent in our being and be free of the limitations of our relative existence.
I decided to listen to my body and stay in bed for a day. It was a very interesting experience to watch my instinctive reactions of attachment and aversion. On one side, I didn’t want to feel unwell.