2020 Upended

So Much Lost – Yet, Some Things Found

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2020 will forever be remembered as the year that turned us upside-down and inside-out.  This upheaval has led us to question many of the assumptions that have driven our lives.  A massive global pandemic has the power to totally reset our values and our very lives.

In this post I am sharing some of the wisdom that my teachers have shared with me.  I hope these insights touch your heart, your mind and your spirit. Thanks for reading.

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Our losses worldwide are staggering. So much has been lost, and so many continue to suffer.  We are immersed in grief and need to actively mourn.  And as we allow the grief, fear and anger to move through us this question arises:

 “What are you afraid of losing and how do you celebrate that you haven’t

lost it yet?” Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen

 Here we are nine months into the pandemic, and in the words of Dr. Remen “we’ve stopped the world, and now we can stop and be here.”  It is time for us to stop dwelling on the endless predictions about when will things return to “normal” and really live in this place of not knowing.

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“We have to help each other fall apart.”  Dr. B.J. Miller

 We are really interdependent, not dependent or independent.  We often feel helpless, overwhelmed and confused.  We notice the COVID wake-up call that questions our relationships with ourselves, others and the world.

We are not separate, but part of a living community with many layers. We can soften the concept of individuality acknowledging that the “I” is a “We.”

As we become more aware of our own vulnerabilities and feel more at home within ourselves, we are able to relate more deeply with others.  It is okay not to feel okay and to express this to others. Our shared vulnerability can bring us together.

Traveling this strange path we discover things we already “knew” but have finally “found”….a quality within ourselves that cannot be intellectually understood.  Through isolation and loss we find the stillness in the present moment that connects us to our inner core of peace.

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 “Be quiet and listen to the pain of the earth.”  Hector Aristizabal

A Three Question Journal from Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen

This practice provides us with a fresh lens to use as we recall each day.

At the end of the day ask yourself these questions.  Initially you may not notice anything and draw a blank.  However, the very act of asking will deepen self-awareness.  So give it a try for at least a few days and see what transpires!

1.  What surprised me today?

2.  What inspired me today?

3.  What touched my heart today?

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Sending love to you along with this sacred message:

“Hope is not optimism, it is the deep orientation of the human soul.”

                                                                      Unknown                                      

Elaine

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