A meditation for hope
A quick meditation for hope - keep it burning during the Corona crisis
By Jill Lawson
The world is in crisis and we are all experiencing some level of trauma. Whether or not we are facing the direct consequences of severe illness and death, or the loss of our livelihood, each one of us has just stepped into unfamiliar territory. The entire human race is struggling with the uncertainty of this mega tsunami of a catastrophe that is spreading across the globe taking lives and destroying communities. While we do what we can by following ‘shelter in place’ rules, practicing social distancing, washing our hands often, many still feel the empty pit of despair devouring the light of our human spirit like a hungry black hole.
The following meditation won’t save the world, but it will keep the flame of hope burning within. In the fight against our current pandemic, it is important for us to become warriors. However, regard yourself as Gandhi did, as a soldier of peace. Use your practice to gain strength and perseverance in this difficult time. Tolstoy said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
If we are to use this time as a tool, we can overcome the struggles we are facing. But, we must respect time, and the way to do so is with patience. Whether you are on the front lines of this battle, or on your couch battling your fears, practice patience and trust that in time, we will find ourselves living in healthy and sustainable social, environmental, and economic balance. Perhaps it will be better than what we once had.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet, said Aristotle. And, no one said this would be easy.
Breathe. Your breath is your most valuable commodity. Use this time to appreciate, honour, and regard your breath as the single most precious part of your life right now. As long as you are breathing, things are going to be okay.
Pause. Time may be fleeting or seem like an eternity depending on how you are spending it. We waste so much time when crisis hits; we do it out of denial and fear. For now, hit the snooze button on your anxiety alarm and give yourself the time to just be. No worries.
No anger, judgement, sadness. No news reports. Just you and your breath.
Time is the ultimate authority now. Practice patience, and trust that within time, the world will indeed be whole again.
Jill Lawson is a writer and yoga teacher enjoying life on the island of Maui in Hawaii (jilllawson.net)
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