During this pandemic, my emotions have fluctuated dramatically.
I am confident this is true for most of you.
From fear to enjoying my family time to wondering, “Is it over yet?” which I now believe is our adult version of “are we there yet?”
No, we aren’t, and asking isn’t going to help move the process along.
Meditation is my tool, not just for when things are hunky-dory, but also when they are tipsy turvy. It provides an anchor of sorts, a reminder that no matter how tumultuous our outer world may appear, there is a calm stillness in the waters of presence.
If you desperately need a break from the news cycle or even from your own wondering, wandering mind, this one’s for you.
Firstly, sit yourself up as comfortably as possible. Get as many cushions as if it feels excessive. Then get more. Get a blanket.
Get so cozy it’s embarrassing.
Then close your eyes.
Start by thinking about all of the people you love and that you see on a regular basis. Try not to instill the narrative of the current coronavirus separation, but rather feel the presence of each person in your life.
Feel them in your body and become aware of the invisible threads that connect you even when you are physically apart.
Send each person a little wish, whatever seems appropriate to you. Then let the image of that person subside.
Then, sit with yourself. Sit with your broken heart and your innate wholeness. Be with your breath, no matter if it is shallow or deep. Notice the fluctuations in each cycle of breath. Notice how everything is always changing and always evolving, even within your own inner landscape.
I invite you to stay until you feel a shift. The shift may be minor or major. Allow the shift to merely be something different, not only something positive. Feel a marked change that you were able to offer yourself.
Close the meditation by putting your hands on your heart, as if you could send you and the ones you love healing through your hands.
Maybe you even can ?