This is an update on a post from an earlier time. When life was unsure and the future unknown. The unknown can be a scary place to face.
Our mind creates scenarios and one thought feeds an other… into distortion and fortune telling of disaster. We feel anxious, out of control and extremely vulnerable.
Yet, when we begin to experience what had been unknown, we start to believe we understand and feel more in control. “Yep – I can handle this after all. I can even be proud of myself for overcoming my fear.” It is a reassuring place to be…. until the next round.
So what can we do to ensure that we don’t keep going through the same cycle of anxiety and fear? To refocus and quiet the mind?
What works for me is to take myself into a quiet place, in nature if the elements permit, or at home on my yoga mat. I sometimes stay quiet, and at other times I put on soothing music. I then allow my body to move through the emotions. My mat is like a magic carpet that takes me to a safe and loving place inside of me.
I believe that all emotions are energy, and when we are able to bring awareness to our breath and move our bodies with care and attention, we allow the energy to move through us and release what is ready to be let go of. It is empowering to be able to be present with everything that is going on and surrender to it in the body and mind using our breath.
Yet, I know that what helps me as a yogi, may not work for others who have different perspectives and beliefs.
Some time ago, I learned to let go of wanting someone to be more like me. There is no right way here, only finding a way to support one another through suffering.
Others may find that distraction works well to keep the mind otherwise occupied. Action packed movies, reruns of sitcoms and sports games can work well for one person. For an other, it’s diving into work, or reading stories with happy endings. When the mind is refocused or distracted in this way, the body can relax and it lets fear subside.
Compassion and reassurance from an other also brings comfort.
Ultimately, when we are in pain and struggling, it means so much to know that others care: a gentle touch from a loved one; a reassuring word from a friendly doctor; a gesture of understanding from someone who has been through the same experience; a nurse with a sense of humor and warm knowing eyes; a friend who goes for a walk with you.
Whether we find that feeling of love within ourselves or through connection to others, love really is the answer.
There is no right way to face the unknown and what lies ahead… but finding love and knowing you are not alone, eases the way.