Mother Earth has spoken (or God…or whatever you call your version of a higher power). We have been sent a message that cannot be ignored. Here is what it sounds like to me:
In one way or another, we are all being stopped in our tracks with a message. But what does this message exactly mean to me? That is a question each of us needs to ask ourselves. I’ve needed to find a way to be still to help answer the question, so I’ve been meditating daily. Fifteen minutes—not exactly the stuff of gurus—but I’m trying. This idea that the earth has called for a major time out came to me during one of my sits, so did the reality that most people seem to be choosing a singular mindset when thinking about the COVID-19 conundrum.
You’ve probably been bombarded with all kinds of beautifully optimistic videos, representing a singular mindset. All we seem to see are families spending time together, binging tv shows, doing puzzles, and the like. Those videos are, what my friend Tanya Monsef named on a recent call: toxic optimism. Others might call videos like these tone-deaf.
Whatever you call them, the truth is that while we are all suffering at a global level, we can not deny the greater suffering of those who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
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