Coronavirus is a mirror of ourselves if we choose to accept the gift of perspective. This time of lockdown is a pause. It is a time for people to look inside, to see society from outside our normal daily lives.
Good things come to those who Believe, better things come to those who are Patient, and the best Things come to those who Don’t Give Up. Zig Ziglar
My life is a little topsy-turvy right now. I wrote a poem about this in my last blog post. I just experienced a dramatic job loss, a sudden burning of all that I had built over the past year, at the hands of a boss who had given up compassion and care and turned to greed and concern only for The Bottom Line. Her betrayal takes the breath from my emotions and my body. But she cannot touch the breath of God which sustains my spirit body. I may explain more of this story later, but I am learning to exhale and leave it to the hands of our benevolent and all-wise Creator.
I had two job interviews in the last week, and both invited me back to second interviews, so my chances of getting a new job are strong. The Better is coming. I am just waiting for the confirming phone call. But the waiting can be so torturous.
Two quotes came to me today to help me on the journey of uncertainty. Be patient, things will change for the better. This is a cell phone wallpaper I found reminding me to practice patience as I embrace the unknown Better. Even as the last Minnesota snow storms dump on us, I feel the trees releasing energy, buds eager, but patient, to break open at the ends of tender new twigs. I need to learn wisdom from the patience of the trees, as the spiritual season in my life changes from winter to spring. There may be one last snow storm yet, but YHWH, my loving provider, is plowing a path for me through the deep white. The colors and life of spring will always come. No matter how black and deep the winter, the Better will always come.
Good things come to those who Believe, better things come to those who are Patient, and the best Things come to those who Don’t Give Up.
This quote, by author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, also talks about patience in waiting for the the Better. But Believe is another key word here. I have taken a Reiki healing journey of belief over the last five years. I have hurled my body off the cliff and waited for the angels to catch me in a faith-dance with the Creator. It strikes me that this is the second temptation with which the devil tortured Yeshua, but I think there is a secret lesson; in his hidden and lonely learning years, Yeshua had already mastered this lesson, to let go and be caught by the hands of blind faith. The devil was mocking him and mocking the provision of God.
And so the great tempter tempts me. He tempts me to give into worry and crawl back to the slavery of Egypt. God is my provider, but the tempter tells me that the job is my provider and I am a fool. But I will believe, and I won’t give up, and I will wait for God’s best things to come for me.
I leave winter behind me and turn my face toward the spring.
It will be a spring of healing. I have walked through a valley, a winter of my soul, and I am emerging on the other side with a more developed, more profound understanding of Reiki. A bandaid can never replace surgery for cancer, and Reiki will never take root in a soul that has not been plowed and planted by trials.
If you are experiencing hardships, a dark winter, my friend, look deep and practice patience as you wait for the Divine healing and the Better.
Photo used freely, courtesy of appelcline on sxc.hu
I had a few tough days at work last week, and I am mentally preparing myself for the beginning of a new work week tomorrow. I know many other people are struggling with the same stress of work, whether they see their job as a fulfilling career unto itself, or as a day job to pay the bills while they pursue deeper interests. There are some startling studies that show the high level of work stress around the developed world. If you click the picture I posted, you can find a larger view of this information. This post is for all of us.
I see myself primarily as a writer, healer, and spiritual teacher and student. To support these interests, I work a day job as a preschool teacher. I love the children, and I have fun playing with them, learning with them, and trying to see things through their imaginative gaze. Young children are close to heaven, and I learn new things from them about the spirit realm, a place of carefree imagination and playful child-like understanding.
My job is with a corporate early childhood center, and the business side is hard for me. There is so much pressure from above to try to perform long lists of rules which conflict each other, and to create a quality program out of less: less money, less time, less staffing. Everything is about The Bottom Line. All the normal corporate heartaches created by foolish human hierarchies.
I want to succeed, and I want to create the best environment I can for each of my children and their needs, but the pressures create a lot of stress and sometimes even depression in my life. I am learning how to overcome this. I think the key is to live a life of meditation. When the conflicting rules and confusion feel like dark storm clouds suffocating the atmosphere around me, and when the lack of support and recognition make me feel like an egg boiling in hot water and about to crack, I need to recreate the picture and imagine the peaceful still rivers living deep within my soul.
Meditation is my hiding place. Meditation is my medication.
When most people think of meditation, they imagine a yogi sitting for hours in lotus position, eyes closed in blissful stillness. They think that meditation is a specific activity to be scheduled and practiced at a certain point in their day. This is not entirely wrong. Indeed, scheduling a time to sit in meditation is a good practice for anyone’s health and sanity. Meditation is taking our gaze off our physical surroundings, problems, stresses, and refocusing our gaze to the inside, our spiritual surroundings. This does take practice.
But meditation can happen anytime, anywhere, as a relaxing, dreamy hour, or as a second of peace in the middle of the chaos. Meditation is more than a practice; it is a lifestyle. When I am surrounded by stress and pressures and human strife, I need to remember, if only for a moment, to refocus my gaze to the inside, the spirit realm that transcends all of these temporal concerns. Meditation is a great antidote for stress.
I have also been exploring recently how to use meditation as medication for my body. My job is physically demanding, so the constant lifting and walking cause my tendinitis to flare, especially when combined with the stress. I have so much chronic pain that sometimes I turn to pain drugs to calm the fire and help me get through the day. Sometimes this is the only way I can work my day job at all.
I don’t like these medications, though, and I don’t think they have great long-term effects on my body. I am learning to meditate for a short moment every time the pain strikes. This lessens the sting. In these moment-by-moment meditations, am also learning things about the origins of my pain and how to let go through my spirit and energy body. I believe that much, if not all chronic pain, exists in the spirit body as much as the physical body. I will explore this more in a future post.
I invite you to join me on this journey of learning to live a life of meditation and using meditation as a medication for your stress and pain, physical or emotional, at work or at play.
We are a society at dis-ease. According to the CDC, The number one cause of death in the United States is heart disease. We are a heartsick nation.
We are a nation of fast food, fast appointments, and fast lives. We have Fast Company magazine, touting all our latest and greatest productivity. We rush past the homeless man on our 30 minute lunch break, so as not to disturb the almighty production. We are too busy to help the single mom struggling to get her baby and her groceries on the bus as we rush to our next appointment and our kid’s soccer match. We are too fast to care. We leave behind the helpless and the hurting, and we leave behind a vital piece of our heart.
This speed breaks our hearts. This uncaring breaks our hearts.
We yell in aggression at the traffic, and our hearts speed up, tick-tocking ever closer to destruction. We rail against paying taxes to help another “sucking welfare leech” and our hearts crack a little more under the weight of uncaring. Our hearts were made to care and love. To beat for each other in the sea of human connection. To take time to help the lonely child and look at the lowly flower.
Reiki is healing energy, but the healing comes from within. Reiki alone cannot stop heart disease started by a fast, angry, uncaring existence. True healing comes from opening the heart. Slowing down to help and to love.
The Holy Spirit longs to heal our heart and society dis-ease. Will we take the time to slow down and listen to her gentle call of wisdom?