Engagement with the spiritual path consists of forcing an evolution which normally might take many lifetimes into just a few. Therefore, it is always testing, and frequently stressful.
A friend has recently begun to meditate. Previously she was healthy and appeared indestructible, and had grown used to feeling physically almost invulnerable. Recently she has been plagued by difficulty in sleeping, minor ailments such as bad colds and digestion, and some other bodily niggles.
The error is perceptual. When one learns to meditate within a developmental spiritual framework (e.g. GuidesToEnlightenment.com) one is brought quickly into awareness of ones own psychology and personality. This might lead to the mistaken belief that the changes are all psychological.
They are not. The entire body – in fact it might be said that the entire universe – alters profoundly when you begin to unfold spiritually. Every cell in your body will be transformed to support your growing awareness, and is invariably both stressful and exhausting.
In particular the endocrine system will be affected, which can give rise to such “diseases of discipleship” as hypoglycemia, anxiety, skin conditions, etc. If you do not look after your body during this time, the karmic consequences may be that it will fail to support you in your inner as well as your outer life.
Get plenty of rest. Eat mainly simple and nutritious foods that your body finds easy to digest. Find a source of holistic healing and use it regularly. The ancients used to call the body “the horse which the spiritual man rides” and it needs caring for and looking after.