I was rereading the book “ Let Your Life Speak” by Parker Palmer in preparation for an upcoming course I will be teaching.
I came across these words: “As often happens on the spiritual journey, we have arrived at the heart of a paradox; each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up. All we need to do is stop pounding on the door that just closed, turn around – which puts the door behind us – and welcome the largeness of life that now lies open to our souls”
I wonder what doors have recently closed on you? What doors you are pounding on to open?
Seems to me we are all standing on the ground of our new lives. It’s hard not to dwell on what we have lost. It’s equally hard not to obsess about the future.
Most of us don’t like uncertainty. So much seems to lie beyond our control these days. Most of us crave security. We want to feel safe and have a sense of control over our lives.
The uncertainty is leaving us feeling stressed, anxious and maybe even powerless. It can drain our energy and trap us in the spiral of “what if’s”.
One of the best ways to avoid worrying about the future is to just focus on the present. By fully connecting with the present, you can interrupt the negative thinking or the catastrophic predictions running through your head.
Exercise and routines also help and so do mindful practices. Our upcoming Candlelight Meditation evenings are a wonderful way to relax into the uncertainty. It teaches us to step away from our usual stream of thoughts and just be. It helps build our capacity to respond to change and uncertainty.
When we’re under high stress, we get sick easier, we don’t sleep as well, we are agitated and we’re not our best selves. Meditation can support a healthy lifestyle during these crazy and weird times. It can improve our moods, reduce our anxiety, fine-tune our attention, improve our cognition, increase our resiliency, and reduce feelings of loneliness while building our compassion for ourselves and others.
Hope you’ll join me for these special evenings!