The practice of being in 2020
I haven't written in a while because I've been practicing. I've been practicing living and being. Lately it takes more effort and some days it just feels like surviving.
For most of us, everything that has kept us tethered to our 'norm' has changed; our work, our schooling, our social lives, and our ways of feeling connected they have all changed.
But it's way more than that. We are finally waking up to our long history of racial inequality and injustice.
We are finally acknowledging our role in voting and deciding who represents us and sits at the helm of our nation.
For most of us, we are suddenly aware that there is so much to be learned and acknowledged.
Our world is suffering. We are suffering, collectively and individually.
Learning how to ride this new and totally unknown wave is a practice of being open enough to allow what's in front of us to be seen and felt but not letting it consume our hearts, our eyes, our minds or our days.
This being human thing, it's not an easy practice. We are prone to attachment and aversion. We like to attach to those things we find pleasurable and avoid those we find difficult. We fall into predictable patterns whether they serve or hinder and we find comfort in their predicability. But alas, nothing is permanent and change is the only constant so we inevitably are disappointed.
So what do we do?!?!
We dive in and dig deep. We start to ask those big questions: Who are we? What matters most? How do we treat ourselves? How do we treat each other? How do we be part of the change we want to see? How do we stay aligned with our highest self?
What is clear, is that we need each other. We need each other more now than ever. Human beings are wired for social connections, our thriving is dependent upon it.
So as social isolation continues, it's imperative that we reach out and let each other know that we are not alone.
I have said before and will continue to say, although these times are not easy, I am hopeful. I am hopeful we will grow and learn from this time in our lives. I am hopeful we become more civil and open-minded. I am hopeful we begin to see the value in each human being. I am hopeful that this time will be one of our greatest teachers of how to be alone and be happy but also how to be an integral part of something so much bigger than ourselves.
Human beings have again and again proven we are resilient, we are courageous and we are just practice in action.
Reach out and dig deep. Stay safe and be kind. Our world needs you and we need each other.