You really do get to choose your perspective, so choose the one that serves you best.
You can choose to see the pandemic as a horrible, challenging,
crisis-riddled, terrifying, chaos that is worsened by everything the government does, and continues to spiral out of control. That is certainly fucking true and if you want to look at that, and point to it,
discuss it ad nauseum, and pour your energies into it, no one will blame you even a little!
Or we can accept that circumstances are challenging, and choose to look for opportunities to shine in the darkness.
We can choose to look for the kindness in people, the generous nature of our neighbors, the chance to help others. We can choose to look at the benefits to Mother Earth of her children slowing down, and the benefits to our health from cleaner air. We can appreciate a chance to consider what it is we truly value. We can choose to shift our focus from finances to wellbeing, because we have been meaning to focus on wellbeing for such a long time. We have more time to spend talking to those we love most. We have time to cherish this one precious life.
It is a time to take stock and clean house, to decide which pieces we want to keep and which we want to let go.
We can panic, and suffer with the heavy “unknown” weighing us down, or we can rise up with faith and know that everything has a purpose. Everything is happening for us, for our benefit, for the greatest good of all involved.
We each get to choose. And if right now you are choosing panic and fear, that does not make you wrong, it makes you human. Don’t beat yourself up even if you are the most uplifting person who always chooses the bright side. If your friends and family are choosing panic and fear, that’s normal. Don’t shame them for experiencing emotions!
Humans have emotions. All of them are normal. But just because emotions are normal, does not mean we must suffer them whenever they hit us smack out of the blue.
In the last two weeks, I have experienced a few panic attacks and some outright fear. These feelings are planet-wide at the moment creating a vibration that is palpable, especially if you are sensitive to energy the way humans are. When I feel the pull of the negative vibrations, it feels ICKY! I want to run and hide so I don’t have to fucking FEEL it!
Instead, I try to remember to allow the vibration some space inside me. I identify how the vibrations feel physically, and name the emotions that I am experiencing and NOT enjoying.
This allows me to process the emotion and release it more quickly.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel the fear again, but it does mean that now I have built confidence. When the fear edges in again,
I remember that it did NOT knock me off my feet last time, so I allow it some space inside me again, knowing that the emotion is uncomfortable, but not fatal. Each time I process a challenging emotion and transform that energy, I gain confidence and build my faith that I can handle this shit.
It’s a step by step process. It doesn’t mean I won’t experience hard emotions, it just means I have confidence that those challenging emotions can’t overrun my life.
Faith is like any other muscle. We must strengthen it daily if we want it to be strong when our lives depend on it.
And if all of this sounds like platitudes at the moment because the sky is falling, it’s OK.
The sky IS falling and you are allowed to be human and observe the obvious danger in the situation. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But it’s your choice. So don’t let them tell you you have to focus on fearful or selfish energies just because they exist!
We can also choose to focus on the beauty of our eternal soul,
the opportunity to make someone smile, less traffic and cleaner air,
the chance to try living differently.
I personally vacillate between seething anger that there are still non-essential businesses operating in California, and complete
and utter calm because I know that everything is always working out for the highest good of everyone involved even when our current vantage point makes it seem like the ship is sinking
and none of us will survive.
Here’s hoping you have more moments this week where you are able to choose calm over anger, love over disinterest, faith over fear.