The recommendation from our government, during this time of quarantine, is to stay inside; the deeper invitation, as always, is to actually go inside.
At some point in our childhoods, we strap on a backpack we never remove. Instead, we stuff it full, every day, with all the feelings we don’t want to feel, because we haven’t time; we’re too frightened; they threaten our ego; we’re not worthy of our own love. All the feelings of shame, hurt, anger, resentment, regret, loss, grief…the backpack gets heavier and heavier and we wrap it in denial, and our spirits bend lower. “Someday,” is really the mantra for most of us.
Now, many of us have been given the great gift of time our spirits yearn for all our lives. We can continue to avoid the call of our hearts by overfeeding on the nonstop anxiety offered by our phones, televisions, and computers…or we can allow ourselves the grace to empty the backpack and begin to sort through and “feel” the feelings it’s held for so long.
Just sit with them, offer gentle welcome, listen, forgive, befriend, let go. And it’s OK if we’re not ready; we can keep opening space for them to emerge when they are ready.
In a time when we must endure a virus that brings death, we can choose to become more alive than ever. Let’s not squander this gift to heal and emerge from our cocoons transformed. Gentle peace.
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