What is essential during these changing times? Staying grounded and connected to my body. As I adapt and switch to 100% online programming, I’ve been supporting my clientele to use Zoom video conferencing. During our regular groups and individual meetings, my grounded presence and deep listening skills are more important than ever. Fear and uncertainty can take us out of balance. Writing and meditation bring me back to my centre, where life happens in the present moment.
This is my commitment to myself and others at this time: I will stay present in this moment, breathe through the fear and not knowing, and find what is beautiful and joyful even when there are challenges.
How do I maintain my own grounding? With two foundational practices: meditation and writing.
My meditation practice is rooted in compassion for others, as well as generosity. So my response to the current conditions is to look for ways to offer my gifts to a wider audience, to look for ways that I can support others through challenging times, sharing my knowledge to stave off anxiety and fear.
I’m discovering that as I continue to support others during these stressful times, I must also care for myself. Compassion for self is often overlooked in our culture. I notice that I tend to be more irritable, less generous in my thinking, and downright depleted. Those are signs I need to take a break, unplug, and do something kind for my well-being.
This is a great time to take up a self-care practice. What are yours? I’d love to hear what you are doing to look after yourself and your loved ones at this time.
May all beings be well, may all beings be free from suffering in body and mind.