Our tendency during times of threat—perceived or actual—is to shift into anxiety or survival mode. We’re hardwired for this. Our negativity bias goes on high alert and is on the look out for threats, what’s wrong, what’s out of place, what isn’t working. As part of this, today we may find ourselves fixating on social media or news reports or other stimulating media that can support activation of stress and anxiety in our hearts, minds and bodies.
So, how do we remain connected to our best resources—a vibrant, healthy body; a clear mind with access to deep wisdom; and an open and loving heart—to meet and navigate through difficult times, particularly extended ones, such as the Covid-19 situation?
...it is also true that much remains that is generally good in nature, offering moments of pleasantness and delight.
Nature provides a powerful resource that can restore trust, serenity, connection and tranquility.
The grace of goodness in your life in this moment may have nothing to do with something you’ve done or haven’t done—and it may change in any given moment.
In summary, staying balanced during prolonged periods of difficulty is an ongoing dance and a moment by moment practice. Our capacity to stay in balance shifts and changes in each moment and so it’s extremely important to know and honor that capacity as we become aware of it.
It’s best if we can work to maintain rather than having to recover our balance. Staying present through connection with our direct experience is vital and serves us in many ways: it decreases the likelihood we’ll sway too far out of balance; it increases access to choice in our response; it can help us discern the most skillful thing we can do to support ourselves; and, most importantly, it helps our nervous system do it’s job to keep us regulated. All of these optimize our capacity for resilience, flexibility, helping others, and our ability to experience the inevitable joy, love, and goodness that is present right now.
We can consciously cultivate groundedness and spaciousness as a means to steady our nervous system and grow our capacity for managing these difficulties of our time.
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