With all the uncertainty in the world, it is no doubt that many of us are struggling with our feelings. I know that the FEAR that has been a constant, is triggering my old wounds. I feel that I constantly have to revisit my coping strategies in order to deal with all that 2020 has to offer. It is surely the gift that just keeps giving.
FEAR for me is the big one. It is something that I personally find the hardest to tackle, as it triggers easily for me. But I am happy to say that I seem to be managing well through all the change. It feels as though all of the coping strategies that I have been clarifying, refining and developing for myself are being put to the test. Over, over and over again.
I find myself getting better at noticing when FEAR is starting to build for me. More cognizant of changes in my body, tightening of my shoulders and neck. Nervous Energy building. Inevitably then the mind starts it’s incessant chatter. “What If” scenarios, a plenty start running through my mind. The strategies that I outlined in The Seat of my Soul has a sense of humor never fail to bring me back to center. I can then easily decipher what fears are FACT (pandemic) and what are fiction – all the other craziness that is occurring.
“Fear is the path to the Dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering”. Yoda
From this place, I can more easily see what I have control over. If I look at this, and determine that I have done all that I can then I may need to sit with my uncomfortable feelings for a moment as I described in FEAR before I am able to Let Go. Being cognizant of my Breathing as I described in Breathe for Peace .
It is most certainly a process, but I find that I get better at it every time.
The reality is that we all have a multitude of worries and concerns coming at us constantly right now, and we need to be kinder and gentler with ourselves as we deal with all this year is throwing at us.
Taking care of ourselves is essential. Getting enough rest, physical activity (reduces stress), unplugging from the world when we need a break, reaching out to others if we feel overwhelmed, focusing on only what we have control over and developing the strategies that work best for each of us is essential.
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”
–Louisa May Alcott
I hope that you are doing the best that you can in taking care of yourselves during this trying time.
I am sending you love, light and healing!