by Stacey Rose
Yes, life is changing dramatically and quickly. Yes, it is fatal for some.
Yes, it is scary.
And yes, it is also an opportunity.
“What kind of opportunity could this be?” you may ask. It’s an opportunity to look at what we can and cannot control. It’s an opportunity to redefine that which brings us peace and joy. Maybe, before the corona virus hit the United States, we lived our lives without much thought about our community and public health. Now, it appears, we’ve been put in a situation that we must consider things we used to possibly take for granted. Maybe we have reconnected with the simplicity of life as we spend more time at home. Maybe you have done a puzzle or read a book whereas we could say ‘BC’ (before corona), you may not have had the time.
As this virus has spread and the anxiety too has spread, I offer you these words from Eckhart Tolle, a wise author and spiritual leader, “Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.” - Eckhart Tolle. So, in other words, we can still have inner peace despite the conditions around us. This is quite powerful. It reminds us that we always have choices and power. We can choose to stay in the moment and deal with only that which is in front of us, or we can allow our minds to get too far into the future (which we can’t control) and have increased stress and anxiety. Yes, this may be easier said than done but it is entirely possible. It will require being more mindful (staying in this very moment and noticing all that is happening in your body, mind and surroundings) and also letting go of all that you can’t control - surrendering.
Meditate, meditate and meditate more. Listen to music, play music, watch movies, read books, call friends and family. Write in a journal, or write that book. Paint, sculpt, draw, even if you think you can’t. Tap into anything creative as creativity can heal our souls. And choose to mindfully surrender. Remember nothing lasts forever, not the good or the bad.
We will get through this and gifts will appear as a result. Stay present, hopeful and safe my friends.