SOUL CARE IN THE TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS
How to bring some light to troubling times
If ever there were a time for intentionally caring for our Souls, it is now.
What with a global pandemic and its rippling impact, we are all going through some unprecedented stuff. A lot of questions are being answered with “We don’t know.”
And isn’t that not-knowing thing what we all dread in general?
“It was the not knowing that made me crazy,” we’ll say about some medical scare or suspected infidelity.
Sometimes we’d almost rather get the bad news than to have to wonder, right? Isn’t that wild?
But it makes sense, when you realize that our brains are wired to turn uncertainty into fear.
At the moment, many of us feel threatened on many levels: Physically. Financially. Emotionally. Existentially. And in addition to dampening our spirit, stress does all kinds of unpleasant things to our bodies.
TO THINK THAT WE CAN JUST KEEP GO-GO-GOING AND COMPARTMENTALIZE AND DEAL WITH WHATEVER FEELINGS WE HAVE LATER, IS TO DENY OUR HUMANITY.
There are a lot of souls hurting.
I swear I can taste fear and anxiety in the air these days, and all the questions: Who unknowingly represents a threat to me and my family? Can I trust what they’re telling us? What does this all mean in terms of my/our future? What’s to become of us?
AND BEYOND THAT? EPIC LONELINESS.
The coronavirus pandemic is happening on top of an already-existing loneliness epidemic.
When you consider that the most effective way of dealing with this virus to date is to create distance between and isolate people, well, you see the problem here.
Let’s not overlook the impact our current challenge is having and will have on people’s sense of belonging, and being known and cared for, and being connected.
Our oxygen mask during troubled times? Soul Care + connection.
When you’re feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, depleted or just numb, you are a high-wattage bulb that’s been dimmed way the hell down. Which is another way of saying you gotta slow down, my friend, and tend to that Soul of yours.
How you feel matters. It matters that you name your emotions, that you own them, and that you honor them.
WHEN YOU TEND TO YOUR INNER BEING…
you bring your self back to the present moment, versus hanging out in the past or worrying about the future.
WHEN YOU ARE GROUNDED AND PRESENT…
you can take in information and assess and make decisions more effectively. According to both woo folk and science, you vibrate at a higher frequency, a higher energy bandwidth.
WHEN YOUR THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS ARE COMING FROM THE HIGHER ENERGY LEVELS…
you are able to explore possibilities from all angles, focus on effective solutions, create a positive experience for you and others, and see the gift in anything.
It is possible — maybe not easy, but absolutely possible — to occupy a very high energy bandwidth even in the face of some pretty trying circumstances.
You and I don’t have a cure. We don’t have the answers. But we can raise the vibration where we are.
Please be attentive to your news diet, for example. It’s one thing to be informed, but a daily check-in would probably be sufficient. Beyond that — and I say this as a former journalist and current news junkie guilty of hour-upon-hour headline gobbling — we’re feeding our brains a whole lot of frustration, fear and hopelessness.
And it just so happens frustration, fear and hopelessness are the “below-the-line” energy bandwidths on the spectrum.
One excellent way to elevate your energy is to experience feeling good. Therefore, you might want to spend a little time considering just what does feel really good to you.
It’s really interesting how many of us pause quite a while at this point. As in, hmmm…what does feel really good to me?
We’ve lost our way a bit, some of us, but that’s fine. We can find our way, we can discover more about our needs and desires and what feels particularly good to us because we’re…us.
So please, particularly while we’re in this moment of global guardedness and uncertainty…
EAT FOOD THAT’S BOTH TASTY AND GOOD FOR THAT ONE-AND-ONLY BODY OF YOURS.
CREATE SOME SANCTUARY FOR YOURSELF, HOWEVER THAT LOOKS FOR YOU.
GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO REST, SO YOU CAN BE YOUR MOST VIBRANT, SHINY SELF.
PLAY SOME MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU EXHALE AND CLOSE YOUR EYES AND JUST BE.
By the way, a virus isn’t the only thing that’s contagious. So is happiness. So is kindness. So is love.
Thanks to mirror neurons and a real phenomenon called “mood contagion,” the frequency you’re walking around in gets on everybody else, so let’s keep that vibe high for us all.
Let’s also be on the lookout for places where Soul Care is the balm needed for afraid and weary hearts.
Here’s an idea: Let’s say we’re all having a big Pot Luck Social Distance Shindig, and we each get to bring a dish. I’ve decided I’m going to bring a freshly baked loaf of COMPASSION to the party, perhaps because that’s what feels the most soothing to me when it’s present. Yeah, compassion.
Here are some of the ways I’ll serve it up:
Compassion for people whose fear makes them seem aggressive and unkind and snappish.
Compassion for people who make fun of other people’s responses.
Compassion for people who don’t seem to give a shiz about anybody or…anything.
Compassion for all the leaders — whether I like them or not — who carry a heavy burden of responsibility for many, many lives and have to make decisions at a level you and I have never had to confront.
Compassion for all the people on the front lines who are on a day-to-day basis doing the best they can to ease pain and suffering, and experience falling short.
Compassion for myself as a human being in this thing with everybody else, with my own concerns about myself, loved ones, friends, my city, my bank account, my inconveniences, my fears, my mortality.
What dish are you gonna bring to the potluck? What’s your tasty, comfort food offering to your Soul, my Soul, our collective Soul?
Use whatever recipe you want, garnish with whatever you like…just bring it.
The rest of us are hungry for the goodness you’ve got and are ready to share.
We’re all in this together, remember.
You are not alone. We didn’t know we were signing up for this ride, but here we are.
It’s a good opportunity to reach out to people. If it’s not a good idea or possible to be together, let’s use what means we have to connect. Indulge the request to do a FaceTime session. Send a funny, loving video message to have someone feel special and loved. Call a friend you haven’t spoken with in ages.
There’s a lot we can do.
MY PARTING WISH FOR YOU, MY PRAYER FOR US ALL ON THIS JOURNEY:
Wash your hands. Be protective of your beautiful self, we need you. Love a lot.
If you’d like some support, I invite you to check out Moxie’s new live online program: ARISE: Creating Space, Grace + Courage in Uncertain Times.
In ARISE, I’ll be working with an intimate group — no more than 10 people — on learning the secrets of being empowered, effective and courageous during challenging times and be an uplifting presence in the world.
Even better, you’ll be part of a close-knit group of fellow seekers and conscious souls who will create a safe space and support each other — a sweet new community.
👉🏽 Learn more here and let me know if you’re interested, spaces are limited. (P.S. The early bird special ends April 5!)
Meanwhile, I send love beams from downtown Chicago to wherever you are. I see you out there. You are appreciated for all you do and provide.
What’s balm for your Soul right now? How have you been keeping your spirits up and your light shining?
I’d love to hear from you — please share in the comments below. You never know who your comment will touch and inspire.
With love and moxie,
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