Perhaps you are like me, feeling excited about the warming weather all the while feeling a bit off balance as we move out of our various degrees of isolation. Transitions can vary in intensity from subtle to jarring. We may close our eyes or keep them wide open as we transition. We may even cover the eyes with our hands as we peek through with hopeful curiosity or apprehension. Our response to our experience is neither right nor wrong, good nor bad. It is just our experience. In reference to the pandemic, I heard it put this way recently, “it is a normal response to an abnormal situation.” Sit with that for a moment.
In an effort to integrate this understanding, I focused Sunday morning’s meditation on practicing this “acceptance” by kindly witnessing what was true for us in that moment. In other words, through our breath we practiced creating space to relax into whatever was happening – the thoughts, the emotions, the sensations that were arising – pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. It was a practice in both allowing and letting go, an opening to life right here and it’s ever changing flow.
- Where are you right now ?
- What are you gripping, holding onto?
- Can you let go even just a bit?
- What would happen if you allowed things to be just as they are?
- What do you notice as you become more aware?
Be gentle with yourself as you transition. Just like the perennial plant who endures the harshness of winter only to return in spring with its bountiful beauty, so too will we.