Wednesday, 3.18.20


This has been my mantra as of late. If I allow my brain to think too far ahead & imagine the "what if's" to come, it has a tendency to go into an unhealthy place filled with fear, worry & anxiety. Instead, I quiet it down with a deep breath & "one day at a time" reminder.

The truth is, there is not much more I can do than look at today & CHOOSE to make the best of it. I can also spin the negative "what if's" in my mind & choose something positive to fill in after it instead.

These 3 go-to's have been my simple, yet powerful equation to combat everything going on & find peace among the chaos of "Coronatine 2020":

1 // One day at a time.
2 // Seek & choose JOY.
3 // What if ___ (fill in with a positive thought/outcome).

Of course, just when all of this was at the top of my mind, I came across these words, by Gutpreet Gill, which spoke so poignantly to my heart :

"And, what if...

If we subscribe to the philosophy that life is always working out for us, that there is an intelligence far greater than humans at work...
That all is interconnected.
What if...
the virus is here to help us?
To reset. To remember.
What is truly important.
Reconnecting with family and community.
Reducing travel so that the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs all get a break.
Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down.
Working from home rather than commuting to work (less pollution, more personal time).
Reconnecting with family as there is more time at home.
An invitation to turn inwards -- a deep meditation -- rather than the usual extroverted going out to self-soothe.
To reconnect with self -- what is really important to me?
A reset economically.
The working poor. The lack of healthcare access for over 30 million in the US. The need for paid sick leave.
How hard does one need to work to be able to live, to have a life outside of work?
And, washing our hands -- how did that become a "new" thing that we needed to remember. But, yes, we did.
The presence of Grace for all.
There is a shift underway in our society -- what if it is one that is favorable for us?
What if this virus is an ally in our evolution?
In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life,
to be less impactful/ more kind to our environment.

An offering from my heart this morning. Offered as another perspective.
Another way of relating to this virus, this unfolding, this evolution.
It was time for a change, we all knew that.
And, change has arrived.
What if..."

- Gutpreet Gill

I know that these words don't just make everything better and they certainly don't change the fact that people or loved ones have been greatly affected by this virus.

However, I have also never felt more strongly about how empowering words can be to our minds, particularly right now. They literally go hand in hand.

At the very least, may this post be a reminder of HOW POWERFUL OUR MINDS ARE! We may not have the ability to change much at the moment in our outside world, BUT we DO have the ability to make change within our self, our home, our children & our loved ones for the betterment of our society as a whole... beginning within first.

Here's to staying healthy, strong & sane, friends,

PS. If you are needing more tips to help reduce anxiety, check out 10 TIPS TO HELP WITH ANXIETY.
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