“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smokey skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
Greetings, my darlings!
I saw the above statement posted somewhere on Instagram and found its words to be comforting for, deep down inside, it is exactly how I feel…. like many of us feel. As I mentioned in my previous blog, When Things Feel Out of Control, this unprecedented GLOBAL pandemic of our time is an opportunity for us to re-group, re-align and re-define who we want to be in the space we occupy in the world. It’s a time for feeling, healing- mind, body and soul- awakening, and raising the vibration of the collective consciousness.
It’s a time for recalibration as well as finding balance, truth, freedom and liberation. But in order to attain those states, we must first take the time to feel hard feelings. What are they? Can you name them? A few may be sadness, anger, rage, grief, resentment, a sense of deep loss. What does this feel like in your body? What sensations do you feel?
There is a saying that goes something like, “Our suffering gives us Xray vision to the suffering of others.” But first, we must identify our own human suffering, our traumas, and how our choices, thoughts, beliefs, actions, speech, lifestyle, hatred, prejudices, consumerism, and activism, or lack thereof, all play a part in the collective suffering of the world.
In my humble opinion, we are all being shown what it means to be human. After all, we are ONE human race….a race that MUST move forward. There is no going back! Nor should we want to go back. Each and every one of us are part of a beautiful symphony of life that is being orchestrated to move humanity forward and the name of the composition is Compassion, Empathy and Love….for ourselves and others.
I’ve spent a lot of time this past week thinking about how we can move forward. How I can help to move humanity forward. It all starts with ourselves. I find myself asking:
- “Who do I want to be?”
- “Who am I becoming?”
- “How do I want to move through my life?”
- “What part of life do I want to do differently?”
- “How do I want to feel today? Everyday?”
- “What do I have to give, contribute and offer?
I feel like we are living a moment in time that we cannot take for granted. As I’ve pondered the meaning and significance of what it means from shifting from an I/Me mentality to a We/Us mentality, more questions arose around “engagement.”
As a people:
- How do we want to engage?
- How do we want to be, feel and act?
- How do we want to interact with each other?
- How do we want to work?
- How do we want to parent?
- How do we want to play?
- How do we want to be in community?
- How do we want to engage with our neighbors?
- How do we engage with our families?
- How do we want to show up in our intimate relationships?
- How do we want to show up for our finances?
- How do we want to engage with technology?
- How do we want to use social media?
- How do we want to show up for human rights and equality?
- How do we want our government and our leaders to show up?
These questions also allow us to identify the areas of our lives that are not working for us (as well as areas that are). They provide a window for us to analyze how we want to move through our individual world and the collective world. But, like any kind of transformation, destruction, careful planning and precise vision go hand in hand. We owe it to ourselves to create a space for new visions, new thought patterns and new belief systems. We need to call on our imagination and creativity. And in order to do so, we must create the time and space to do so.
Luckily for us, this pandemic has gifted us with much time. And we can either use our time productively or get swept up with other forms of addictions or unhealthy habits. As a society, and as a human race, we have become disconnected and disengaged from our mind, body and spirit. Sadly, there are more people connected to their electronic devices these days than engaged in human, face-to-face connection. In many cases, they are connected in unhealthy ways.
Ways that lack boundaries, censorship and discernment. I was listening to a podcast with Glennon Doyle about her new book, Untamed (a must read), and she said the following: “Text messages are not the boss of me.” OMG how brilliant! Seriously, how can we allow our devices to be the boss of us? Have you ever been with someone who can’t engage in a conversation or finish a sentence because they are so distracted because they continue to text? Rather than being respectful, mindful, present and fully engaged with a human body before them, they are more concerned with what’s going on in the palm of their hand. Are you one of this people, dearest reader?
I feel like there is this monumental, gargantuan force that is pushing us to go isolate and go within so that we learn to be together again. A force that is showing us what it means to be human. A force that is connecting us all in unimaginable ways despite our “social/physical distancing.” We are being shown alternatives, and taking part in new ways to stay connected. New ways to interact, work, teach, learn, play, care, support and make a difference. Thanks to the numerous artists, musicians, poets, authors, teachers, meditators, spiritual activists, healers, coaches, psychologists, community leaders, activists, schools and universities, we are re-defining the meaning of human connection. We’ve been so disengaged and out of our bodies for so long, that it now feels like we’ve been dropped suddenly into our bodies anew.
Darlings, we are all a part of a new history in the making. It’s like we are all being called to be a part of this new creation. New world. New society. New culture. New economy. New politics. New systems. New beliefs. All old systems appear to be crumbling, falling apart, making way and opening this new portal for us to step through.
The biggest questions that remains is, “Will you CHOOSE to be left behind or walk through the gateway to a new world?” I don’t know about you, but I’m packing lightly…wink, wink!
In closing, I’d like to offer up prayers for all of us. I think it’s safe to say we have all lost friends and loved ones to COVID19. Here’s a beautiful prayer that spoke to me when I came across it on social media during the early days of the pandemic:
Prayer for Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working form home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. As fear grips our country, let us choose love. During this time we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways tp be in the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
Thanks for reading! Lead from the heart…always and in all ways, JTC
PS: If you’re looking for some good reading or inspiration to accompany you on your own personal journey, or to comfort you during this time, below are a few of my favorite books:
- A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson
- Revolution of the Soul, by Seane Corn
- Healing, by David Elliot
- The Beautiful No, by Sheri Salata
- Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes
- Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle
- Untamed, by Glennon Doyle
- The Gift of Forgiveness, by Katherine Schwarzeneggar
- More Myself, by Alicia Keys
- Whatever Arises, Love That, by Matt Kahn
- Inquire Within, Poems by IN-Q
- The Wisdom of Sundays, by Oprah WInfrey
- I’ve Been Thinking, by Maria Shriver
- Broken Open, by Elizabeth Lesser
- When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron
- The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer
- The Book of Awakening, by Mark Nepo
- Illuminata – A Return to Prayer, by Marianne Williamson
- Outrageous Openness, by Tosha Silver
- Change Me Prayers, by Tosha Silver
- Astrology for the Soul, by Jan Spiller
- Daily Om, by Madison Taylor
- Practice You – A Journal, by Elena Brower