I came across this funny little video on Vimeo about Covid-19 and it’s impact on people. Enjoy!
May this Danna Fauld’s poem fill you with strength and inspiration. “We come from stronger stuff than feelings” 💛
Vast and changeless
the ground of being
is not rocked by
ripples on the pond.
The firmament from
which we spring, the
divinity at the heart
of things doesn’t wax
or wane with mind states,
or wither in the wind.
We come from stronger
stuff than feelings.
Essence does not fail
or fade, diminish or
trade reality for illusion.
We are wordless, wide,
and wise beyond time.
Within us is a flame
of truth that never dies.
Let that be the focal
point of life. Let that
be the light that guides
us from the shadows.
~ Danna Faulds
Open doors within
There’s love here beyond the fear
Find your Middle Ground
I’d like to add these words by Thich Nhat Hanh:
“In a time of anger or despair, even if we feel overwhelmed, our love is still there. Our capacity to communicate, to forgive, to be compassionate is still there. You have to believe this. We are more than our anger, we are more than our suffering. We must recognize that we do have within us the capacity to love, to understand, to be compassionate, always.”
I read a BBC News article about how Canadians are coming together in FaceBook groups for “caremongering” instead of scaremongering. People are reaching out to help and support those in need and also to connect with old friends, distant relatives and neighbors.
There is a movement of kindness evolving and growing. I lifts my heart. I am so grateful that others can set aside their fear and do something for the good of us all.
While you are home, you can take time to reflect and come inwards, start a project, go for a walk, dance or dress up … and you can also start to think how you can support your local community and the greater good.
You have already started if you are in self isolation. Thank you 🙏
How are you spending your time these days? My last post was one of reflection, asking deeper questions and taking time to journal. There are all sorts of ways to spend your time at home.
There is such an opportunity to get creative… be a slug… cook for your freezer… finish projects… obsess with online shopping…. and for today, I thought of dressing up!
This little guy inspired me. He wants to look like Mother Theresa, and I think he’s got it just right.
Who would you want to dress up as today?
“It may look as if the situation is creating the suffering, but ultimately this is not so – your resistance is.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
Wow – these are powerful words to read in a time of pandemic, when so many of us are desperately trying to come to terms with living in a fearful changing place filled with the unknown.
We are all human beings with ego-minds that are ready to resist whatever we see as a threat. Our minds can deny and duck… push back and dismiss… defend or withdraw… lash out and blame… whine and complain… in order to avoid feeling the pain of being out of control and feeling the fear.
If you are thinking “It will pass and its not a big deal” then please re-read the last paragraph.
Seriously. This is the new reality. One of external threats and being out of control.
We are waking up to a new reality where we no longer believe that we are controllers of our small world. We are realizing that we are part of the bigger world, and it’s darn scary.
This transition time is hard. If we are to survive and thrive, we must change the way we see things along with our behaviors.
We must get with the new program!
Noticing our resistance to what is happening is a very good place to start.
It’s time to waken up and become a witness to our unsettling thoughts, our conditioned responses and the incredible attachment to our routine and habits. What we have taken for granted may no longer be part of this new reality. What we think we have had control of, is simply a mirage.
This is a time to pause and reflect. To find our middle ground. Bring awareness inwards and notice everything that is coming up insight of you.
It’s not a comfortable place to be, and if you are not ready you may find yourself defaulting to distractions and ways to medicate yourself and dull the feelings. If you notice this, good for you! You are developing your ability to stand back and be the witness.
Here are some questions to ask, and to take time to journal on:
- “What is it that I am not accepting?”
- “What am I resisting?”
- “What can I do that is in my control?”
- “What do I have to let go of?”
- “What can I do differently here?”
- “How can I take care of myself and others?”
- “How can I contribute to the change for good?”
Be kind to this awakening part of you.
When we are able to accept what is, without judgment and blame, then we can open our hearts and minds to a new way of connecting to the bigger world.
Already I am seeing the generosity and compassion of others. The ability to give freely to those who need it the most. Unconditional loving of humanity and our true nature.
We can all do this when we go beyond fear and find our middle ground.
Today I am sharing a yoga practice with a chair. You don’t have to be a yogi to do this!
Please join me for centering, letting go, and getting a good stretch. You can even do it at your desk.
Let’s find our middle ground together!
May you find peace today and everyday.