It’s been a hell of a few weeks and it looks like it will continue for a bit. At the risk of sounding both blasé and alarmist at once, I think the planet is trying to tell us something.
In the process, we have created so much pollution with our lifestyles that our climate has become inhospitable and our CO2 levels will reach critical mass in the next couple decades without a complete overhaul of how we do business.
We’ve gotten into an only money matters mentality, and the stock market’s precipitous weeks’ long plunge not only put a hurting on most people’s retirement funds but eroded faith in the economy. That event may keep us working longer until stocks rebound, but what, really, is the stock market?
Certainly, not a physical, tangible entity, but like everything else in this 3-D world — even things you can hold in your hands — it’s an idea and the success or failure of that idea is based upon how people perceive it.
Are we confident or fearful? Do we believe in our government or do we think it will fail us? No place is the process played out more quickly than in the stock market. It doesn’t make sense that something worth $1 one day is worth $0.50 the next unless you look at it through this lens of perception.
So what is happening??
We rush, rush, rush from thing to thing never really enjoying or being present for any of it, leaving us breathless and looking for meaning in our lives which seem physically full, but spiritually bereft as we ignore The Power of Now.
And what all this is telling us is that the world needs to change, not in some superficial new hairstyle kind of way, but as in a fundamental shift in the way we interact and live, in our interpersonal and business relationships, in the way we treat our families, each other, and ourselves, and since we weren’t able to find the time to get to it, along comes a virus to gives us all the time we need, forcing us into this shift — and that’s all this is, a shift, in our consciousness, our way of thinking and living, of learning, and loving.
A bit of Gratitude goes a long way.
If you are working, give thanks for your job. I am lucky to have a portable job so for me, work-life goes on in my home instead of my office. For those of you who are home without work, I can’t imagine the level of anxiety you must be feeling right now (actually, I’ve been furloughed a few times so I have felt this level of anxiety before), but perhaps you can use this time to think about what your hands can do that will benefit your better well-being and that of those around you.
Can you plant a little garden? Learn to play the ukulele? Clean out your closet? Shine a light on the most neglected parts of your world and give it an overhaul? What are the things you put off until you have absolutely nothing left to do or until you find a few hours of free time? Those are the things you want to tackle. This is your free time so use it. If you view it less as isolation and more as a Roto-Rooter for the Soul, you can work miracles in your life.
[Vertical garden at 30th St. Station in Philadelphia]
My sister and her husband have decided to build a small vertical garden that they can hang on the wall. They’ve been talking about this for years. Is there anything you’ve been thinking about but haven’t had time for? Now’s your hour.
[Photo credit – Brethern Village Retirement Community]
If you are safe in your home right now, give thanks, because the homeless population is among the most vulnerable among us, and also one of the most likely places to transmit the virus. It’s hard to shelter-in-place when you don’t have a shelter.
March 22 was World Water Day. Do you have water running to your tap? If so, you are better off than approximately 2 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to basic sanitation so give thanks. You may be stuck in your house, but at least you’re not thirsty and you don’t have to defecate outside.
Are your lungs working? If so, then you are in better shape than the almost 700,000 people who have contracted Covid-19 to date. Give thanks for the alveoli — the tiny airsacs in the lungs which allow for the gas exchange, replacing carbon dioxide and flooding every inch of your body with life-giving oxygen. People with Covid-19 can’t get their lungs to absorb the oxygen so even being on a ventilator may not help you.
And while we’re on body parts, give thanks to your body for keeping you healthy, for fighting off invaders and keeping your immune system humming along. It’s possible that you come into contact with dozens of viruses every day that result in barely a sniffle. You can thank your immune system for that. And if you want to check out some great immune boosting stuff, go to Fungi Perfecti and listen to a Paul Stamets TEDtalk or read all about how mushrooms might just save us.
[My husband’s indoor mushroom-growing project –Lion’s Mane — great for your immune system.]
And since you have some extra time, maybe you’ll want to take a look at the movie: Fantastic Fungi streaming here (scroll down to find it).
So what do we do to weather this period of volatility and uncertainty, of seismic and unprecedented shifts in consciousness that none of us has ever witnessed? The answer will be specific to each of us, but I think there are some common themes we can all adhere to:
Instead of hoarding (toilet paper and whatever is next), choose giving.
Instead of loneliness, choose levity.
Instead of solitude, institute “bring your dog or cat to work” day.
Enjoy the shorter commute.
Take time for walks.
Practice walking meditation.
Exercise. Exercise. Exercise.
To keep the anxiety of a Covid-19 reality at bay, remember that we live in a 3D world, but we come from spirit and in spirit, all is always well. In spirit is also where the magic happens so take some time to meditate on the kind of world you would like to be living in when this is all over.
Nothing happens unless we first dream it into being. Now is the time to dream our better world into reality. The sun will rise. What kind of day will it rise upon for you?
And, most importantly, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Sent with love to all species in times of crisis and otherwise. Be safe and well.
pam lazos 3.29.20