How are things with you, in your part of the world?
How is your heart feeling right now? Your mind? Your body?
I am just home from a beautiful walk, with my son, along the beach, and through the woods, we were seeking out naturally abundant edible plants, looking at primroses now showing their sunny yellow faces and watching a boat bobbing upon the waves.
We were making plans, playfully loving our time together, and so much joy to be able to kick back and have extra time to relax, unwind and simply be together.
Precious, happy moments like this, are the bedrock of our familial connections and a breeding ground for meaningful conversations, the birthplace of joyful communication, and a way to be together without agenda.
Perhaps you find this too?
I know, on the flip side, that many parents will be finding things rather challenging right now, particularly if you are feeling anxious in any way, and especially if you find yourself at home full time with children who will be needing a lot of guidance, energy and attention.
It is absolutely fine to be feeling exactly how you are.
In fact, giving yourself time to truly feel all of the feelings, to experience yourself in this moment, without judgement, is necessary for coming to terms with our personal experiences, in practicing self-acceptance, and therefore learning to express this to others from a healthy place.
It is also imperative that we also have means of reaching out to others for connection, inspiration and support. So that we may show up more fully for ourselves and our loved ones.
Have you got yourself set up with a good support team?
I am grateful to the people that I have in my life, the ones I can call when I need to hear a friendly voice, have a laugh with, or be inspired by their incredible ideas, plans and missions in life.
The core circle of loved ones; family and friends, that keep it real, where we can express our love for one another, and be there as a means of strength and nurturing.
The special people who know that despite my strength I too need to hold someone’s hand and have a shoulder to lean on from time to time.
We all need this, don’t we?
It is vital to our human experience to seek loving connection, to find and create community, to be held in the light of awareness, to be of support to others and in turn receive support too.
Simply put, we need each other.
We need each other more than ever now.
We need community, togetherness, unity, oneness, we need to love and be loved.
We need to be there for our loved ones, and we need to be there for those we have never met, and yet make up the members of our global family.
We need to, in my opinion, break down barriers created by fear and mistrust in peoples and places that have different ideas and practices to us.
We need to embrace one another, celebrate our differences, and find the common ground that unites us all.
Perhaps, just maybe, when we do this, we will be able to pull together, and create a unified community in support of all.
I believe it starts at home, when we create meaningful relationships with our own selves, and with our family members, we may expand this outward to include all.
Do you agree?
I would love to know your thoughts on this.
“Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that.”
- A Course In Miracles
I have been diving deep into my studies today, I am loving the Course (A Course In Miracles), it has proven timely to have picked up my metaphysical studies at this time of global crisis.
It is especially helpful to have a daily practice of learning, to dive deep and make sense of the world, the Universe, and my own place in it.
Have you got a self-study practice, journaling practice, meditation practice or anything else that you return to every day as an anchor and point of reference?
Today’s lesson, Lesson 21, from ACIM, is this I am determined to see things differently.
As you will understand, if you have been following along daily, each lesson is a build on from the previous lesson. I am enjoying the structure and gentle building blocks, the foundations that are being laid down in this =first three weeks of study.
You may try today’s lesson if you like,
I am determined to see ______________________________ (name of person) differently.
I am determined to see ______________________________ (specify the situation) differently.
Let me know how you get on! Any insights you may have, and whether you found the exercise easy or not.
Sometimes we can really hold on to our idea of what people, situations and things are like, or indeed what they should be like.
I suspect, in these times of lockdown in our homes, we may have plenty of practice in applying these exercises.
I have always believed that our family and intimate relationships provide us with the very best grounds for our spiritual healing and growth!
And the ideal place to practice our evolving ideas and spiritual principles.
Please reach out if you need a hand to hold in these trying times.
My heart is with yours.
With my love,