Connection In All Things
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As I walk past the empty shelves that usually house an abundance of toilet rolls, I can’t help but smile to myself. It just goes to show how suddenly we can value things we usually take for granted.
I’m in a supermarket in the city centre of Amsterdam where there are almost more people than there are products for them to buy. We all know the reason why, so no need to elaborate on that one. Although I must say; a lot of us are wondering if the current situation can really be helped by buying a supply of beans that would feed half the population of Mexico for the next three years.
I do suppose however that this does give greater purpose to stocking up on toilet paper to the extent that some are.
As with any circumstances that present us with challenges there is always a humoristic and lighter side to them. And more than that, there are always great treasures to be found on the level of personal and in some cases global development. There are those among us who are, quite understandably perhaps, overcome by fear.
Then there are many of us who are very much in tune with the grace being bestowed upon us. As with any life event there’s more than one side to things. But if we can choose to make the most of what is happening and take it as an opportunity to reboot rather than despair, I feel we should take it.
As a society we’ve been so outwardly focused for such a long time that being faced with something that forces us to stay closer to home could very well be a blessing, in or out of, disguise. We could view this as a time not of separation and isolation, but as a chance to turn more inward and give some attention to the parts of us we often rush past.
This alone can be so nourishing it will strengthen and hearten us much more than anything else we do. At the same time, having a sense of ourselves will make us feel connected to each other as well. For naturally, we can only feel apart from others when we are apart from ourselves.
That inter-connectedness might be another thing of beauty this situation can bring us.
As this is impacting pretty much all of us in some way it can help us to let go of some of our usual striving for personal gain and allow space for the awareness that we are all in this together. By all means, take good care of yourself but it’s nice to stop and think sometimes how we can brighten other people’s days and how we can focus on the light in this matter.
And as we feel more connected to each other it also becomes easier to get a sense of the place we hold in the greater whole of things.
Being faced with a feeling of powerlessness can make it easier to let go into the flow of life itself thereby making us realize how inseparable we are from it. This is one way in which unsettling circumstances can allow for a great sense of inner peace. Suddenly we tap into the larger plan and purpose behind it all. And even if we could never fully put those things into words, we can rest there and be at ease.
Also, we can be relieved that it’s not up to us to figure it all out. Meanwhile, life goes on and we can, as always, continue to make that a pleasant affair. Because no matter what happens in the world, spreading joy and lightheartedness will always remain priorities. So this might be an opportune time for all closet optimists and light-bringers among us to pop our heads out from our place of hiding long enough to show a brighter perspective on things.
We are all so influenced by each other. Especially for the sensitive soul it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by a sense of collective fear and heaviness…even if we know that is not ultimately how we feel about things. But rather than internalizing the free-flowing emotions some are having a hard time processing, this could be a wonderful time to release into the world our own musings, to help bring some calm and clarity.
And for those who feel this is a difficult time to remain centered in well-being; let us be thankful for what is the perfect practice ground to learn how to come back to that again and again. In time it will only strengthen and stabilize itself within us. And even if that practice takes up a large part of our energy at the moment, because of our connectedness, it is no small contribution to the general well-being of life on this planet.
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Lucinda is a writer and holistic health coach from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. One of the things she enjoys most in life is seeing people (re-)discover their innate beauty. By offering gentle guidance she helps people reconnect to their authentic selves so they can more easily experience their natural sense of well-being. https://www.lucindalightning.com/
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