Have you been required, or asked to self-isolate? Have your activities or work been curtailed? In some way all of us have been affected by the virus and its containment. We are all being required to live at least temporarily, a slower life.
For years I have helped people slow down, listen to the loving voice of God and then live out of what they hear. I have found that some people instinctively respond to the slowing down, but many, even most people, find it incredibly difficult. I am concerned for the mental health of our communities as the time of self-isolation deepens. I’m encouraged to see that mental health professionals are beginning to speak out about it. We are social creatures and need each other. It wonderful to see the concerts, exercise classes, talks etc. being offered on the internet.
I offer you today some aids to help you get through a slower and possibly anxious, period in your life. Give your slower days an intention and purpose. Some love a free-flowing day – let that happen. Others prefer to work within a schedule, so create one! I work with a combination. I have a schedule of activities I will probably do, but I allow them to flow. Perhaps you can schedule a time for meditation, a time for written reflection and a time for walking, even a walking meditation outdoors. I think it is a wonderful time to pray the Loving-Kindness meditation. Here are four links to prayer practices:
Centering Prayer: https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/centering-prayer-1
Holy Reading – Lectio Divina : https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/lectio-divina
Loving Kindness Meditation: https://jackkornfield.com/meditation-on-lovingkindness/
Walking Meditation: https://www.tarabrach.com/walking-meditation-instructions-pdf-from-tara-2/
Please look after yourself during this time of necessary slowness. May it become a rich time of learning for all of us as a human community. I treasure the quote from Gibran’s The Prophet, “Pillars of the temple stand together and apart”.
How are you adjusting? What are you learning?
Love and Prayers continue…
If this is helpful, please pass it along to friends so we can broaden the contemplative pathway.
Mystic in Motion
‘Companion on the Way’ with Contemplative Fire