Every day I sit down to meditate and every time something new emerges. This week the general theme of my feelings and thoughts have been around the 'what ifs' and the uncertainty of our situation at the moment.
I started teaching classes (in real life!) again this week and exploring Compassion. Discovering what this means and how to apply it. What has arisen is the feeling that more than ever, there is a real and pressing need to embed compassion (for ourselves and others), into our collective consciousness if we are going to happily survive and fully thrive once this current situation settles down.
As we face the unknown and the very normal responses of fear, anger, irritation, impatience, frustration (and the list goes on) we have a personal responsibility to develop our innate ability to be sensitive and kind to others pain and suffering. This may seem like a daunting task given that there is so much to fuel our judgemental side at the moment, but practicing in small ways every day clears the superhighways of resistance in the brain!
We can transform these somewhat harmful (but absolutely normal) emotions, thoughts and reactions into an opportunity to send loving kindness out into the world. When we focus on the bigger picture and connect to the fact that 'we are all in this together', we let go of our self-absorbed focus and this in itself brings about feelings of calmness and comfort.
So, try this...Next time that you find yourself judging others, fearing the unknown, feeling unsettled; take a few moments to pause and maybe with your hand on your heart centre, breathe deeply, be kind to whatever arises (and it may be irritation, boredom, nervousness...). Soften, soothe and allow whilst sending kindness wishes to yourself and, in ever increasing circles, to all sentient beings.
This too will pass...
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