Our journey through life can sometimes bring us surprises. Sometimes joyous ones. But, sometimes challenging ones like the one we’re experiencing now with the pandemic.
As the world has slowed down and it’s hard to see what will come our way in the next weeks and months, we try to calm our anxiety and accept the current circumstances the best we can. We also try to remember to take care of ourselves as well as the members of our community. What a grand opportunity to practice living in the present moment!
An image of St. Hildegard holding her abbess staff comes to my mind. Her strength and power from within radiate out to the world as she speaks, “God created me… God is also my strength… Through God, I have living spirit. Through God I have life and movement. Through God I learn, I find my path…”
To find our own inner power, we can first come to our center, that space that is still and quiet within the center of the whirlwind of chaos or turmoil.Take a few minutes in a quiet place during the day to find this place. Calm your body and mind. Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.Breathe in, breathe out.We often take our breath for granted. Yet it’s our source of life. In a deep inhale, into your belly, you help your blood be nourished, fueling your whole body. As you exhale, you let go of the waste the body does not need, detoxing your bodily systems.Now breathe normally, but try to do so slowly, bringing a pause at the end of the exhale and the end of the inhale. Try this for a few minutes.
When you enter into this space of quiet and calm, you can access a greater wisdom within yourself and in the universe. You can access that great river of health, abundance, wisdom, and guidance for yourself. The dwelling of your Higher Self. In the present moment, not the past, not the future. This space is always within you.
If you have someone such as this, open your heart to appreciate this person’s presence in your life during these challenging times. Be grateful for this moment.