Creating Calm in the Present Moment
Once again, we are retreating into our homes in view of rising cases of coronavirus around the states. While some continue to deny the severity of the virus, most recognize that COVID-19 is ravaging our families, potential health, lives, careers, financial stability, and the global economy. Instead of falling into the chasm of fear and panic, we are called to go even deeper into our inner resources to tap our strengths.
After reopening, many ignored the safety precautions resulting in the rapid rise of hospitalizations, deaths, and identification of more COVID-19 cases. We now know that life will not go back to normal no matter how long we are sheltered. Reality has taken a new turn. This is the new normal. We will wear masks in public. We will socially distance. COVID-19 and its permutations will be with us in the foreseeable future.
Here are three steps to consider focusing on peace through this present stage.
- Calm and ease your inner world: Begin by centering and feeling your emotions fully and completely. Allow your fears, anxiety, anger, confusion, depression, panic, frustration, grief, and pain to emerge into the light of day. Recognize that these emotions are valid and reasonable for these circumstances. This is a stressful time. Our personal world is in upheaval. Accept your emotional state and embrace it. Grieve for the losses in your daily life being unable to interact with colleagues, strangers, the news vendor, the shop clerk, neighbors, teachers, etc. Acknowledge these emotions then release them. Breathe into this moment. Do not carry the negativity into the day. By letting go of the negative emotions, we can face the present clearly and fully with all our energy, senses and talents available in the now.
2. Communicate with the world around you: If you have loved ones at home, ensure that they are feeling secure, loved, and engaged. Help them to express their feelings of uncertainty, fear, and loss so they can move forward in their own lives. Living in close quarters can bring out the best and worst in us all. Starting from a place of calmness and peace will allow us to listen deeply with compassion to loved ones to discern how to meet their needs and communicate our own. That’s how we can negotiate a new way of living in harmony and joy in the adventure of closeness this sheltering brings. Discuss your needs, dreams, and goals through the short and long terms and decide the actions to take to meet them.
If you are lucky to work from home or in an essential industry, open your heart to communicate with love and compassion as you work with others who may be stressed and feeling overwhelmed. This time gives us a new opportunity to grace others with a helping hand in a changing world as we all navigate a way to a new reality. Recognize that everyone is feeling fragile and reach out with compassion and kindness daily. Determine how to change your communication to address the needs that arise during these shifting times to accommodate you and your clients’ common goals.
3. Trust in the Divine and in the Future: “The only constant in life is change,” said Heraclitus. The coronavirus may be a bigger change than normally expected but we will survive this too. Humanity has lived through the bubonic plague, smallpox epidemics, the polio virus, and the Spanish influenza epidemic earlier this century and we have survived despite their devastating impacts. The coronavirus has ravaged cities, affected our global economy, and affected everyone’s life and future. Despite this, organizations, communities, countries, doctors, and scientists around the globe are cooperating to solve the problems raised by this pandemic. We have more information, resources, and energy pouring into discovering solutions not only to the virus itself but to the transmission that allowed it to spread so rapidly.
Our world needed to change. We needed to truly see and understand each other. We need to care for each other if we are to survive. This pandemic has brought that message home. The first short surge of panic did not get our attention and understanding of the need to connect with the Oneness of All. If we search our hearts, listen and speak with love and compassion, and trust in the Divine, we will find the answers. The Future is ours. We will find our way forward.