Times of uncertainty are an opportunity to be strong and to actualise that which is hidden within us and bring it to its potential.
Over the last few months Covid-19 is causing lifestyles and ways of being to totally change, and they are probably going to keep changing for a little while longer.
“I never knew how strong I was until being strong was my only option.” - Unknown
Many people are feeling fear, anger and uncertainty at the moment - whether that is regarding health, finances or the fear of the unknown. The Corona virus is as an opportunity for us all to think bigger than "I" in the world. It is an opportunity to drop the self-importance, rise strong and seek out the very reason why were put on this earth - to serve others.
We were all put on this earth to serve others and often it takes personal heartbreak or displacement to discover our own reason and understanding on how we can serve. Today, I had to make a very hard decision, I had to let go of my own need of financial survival so that I could take care of others. However, a big part of the practice of yoga and trying to live an aligned existence is knowing that alone we are not complete unless we are part of something bigger. It is not a time right now to be thinking just how this pandemic is affecting me and my life, it is a time to be thinking bigger than ourselves, about how we fit into society and our role within humanity.
"Let me fall if I must. The one I will become will catch me" - Baal Shem Tov
As part of a greater whole, we can’t just think of our own needs. The pull between head and heart is so difficult at times. However if we trust in the process, believe in divine order and are willing to open ourselves up to the fall, we then find that we can navigate the storm or crisis from a place of integrity, kindness and calmness.
Out of struggle and tragedy something new can ALWAYS be born - we just need to CHOOSE to remain in the light so that we can see the opportunities and the beauty when they finally present themselves.
Choose to be the light when the road is dark. And use the light to better serve each other and our planet.
Be the light and the change you wish to see in the world Love Claire
here are some tips to keep healthy and strong at this time: Tips and daily practices: Meditate or pray daily to focus your mind, raise your consciousness and connect to the divine guidance available to you. Work with fears as they arise but don’t let them overwhelm you. Try and stay away from victim mentality, which has negative effects on our health. Instead, focus on opportunities, not end of the world scenarios: Ask yourself, “How can this situation make me stronger, more resilient, more kinder, more compassionate, more whole-hearted” Think how you can be a positive example and support to others. Today a single mum gave my mum a pack of toilet paper. There was none left on the shelf and my mum nicely asked where she got it from [thinking there may have been another spot in the shop] - the single mum lovingly handed it over to my mum - little did she know my mum has been doing it tough with my step-dad being almost in palative care with dementia - this act of kindness made my mum's year. Its the little things that count. Truth is, when we feel inspired we will have a ripple effect on those we are spending time with. Think of small acts of kindness you can do for others out there. Be creative! Try to sleep at least eight hours every night. Get regular exercise, outdoors if possible, but if you are in quarantine a short yoga session will do the trick. Eat a balanced and healthy diet, including fruit and veges and drink plenty of water. Keep remembering to wash hands and follow the guidelines from the health authorities. If you are suffering boredom. Learn something new, this is stimulating. Platforms like COURSERA.COM offer free university courses. Keep stimulated! Gardening is a tranquil activity and connecting to the earth is grounding. If you can be outside, walk barefoot on the grass, or even better the beach. Take time in retreat if your commitments allow. I like to think of this as a ‘spiritual quarantine.’ A time where we can introspect about conscious living, about stuff and our actual ‘values and what's important’. When we spend time within contemplating, it can help us to emerge more peaceful and clear about our purpose not just in our own lives but our role within humanity and as guardians of our beautiful planet as well. Have deeper, longer conversations with people you love. We are forced to be in our homes, so let’s use the opportunity as a time for rebuilding relationships and not look at it as confinement. It’s all about our attitude. Trust that you will be ok - no matter what happens - detach and let go of perfect outcomes and surrender to "what is" and "now"
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