It's perfectly normal to feel whatever you feel, especially now during a time of uncertainty and fear. Many people have shared their stress with me, and I completely understand where it comes from and why it lingers.
I'm feeling anxious, too. That anxiety arises from dwelling in the future "what ifs" surrounding the current COVID-19 outbreak, as well as grieving for our past and the lives we feel we have lost. All of our lives have been inevitably altered forever. Regardless of what happens, we will emerge from this into very different world. And it's up to each of us individually and as species collectively to decide what type of world we choose to step back into. Right now is our opportunity to create that world, as The George Collective pointed out during yesterday's channeled message about the COVID-19 Opportunity.
Making the most of this opportunity as a re-set button for humanity requires each of us to care for our own mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. Living in constant stress creates a cocktail of hormones that affect not only our physiology, but also how we think and feel emotionally. That's why it's important to find spaces of peace, love, and joy, even in the midst of perceived darkness. When you move into your own personal space of positive emotion, you create a place where others can find their own higher vibrational energies, too. You are an important piece of the energetic puzzle of the whole. When others are temporarily unable to find or experience higher vibrational energies, you will hold that space them through your own inner work. And in turn, when you are stuck a space of fear or anxiety, others will also hold the high-vibration space for you until you are able to find it again. In this way, we, who are all part of the collective One that makes up the fabric of the entire universe, support and uplift not only ourselves and each other, but the energetic circumstances of everything that surrounds us.
And so, I have been trying to offer you simple tools during what, for many, is a period of unprecedented stress, fear, worry, and anxiety. Use as many or as few as you need. Adapt them to suit your own intentions. Share them with others. The ultimate goal here isn't to shame you for feeling down or to cause you to run around blind to everything that is happening in the world, but rather to find the opportunity that lies within every challenge. The tools I offer provide a path to move into higher vibrational energies that serve not only your greatest good, but also the greatest good of the planet, humanity, and the universe.
5-Minute Mental Re-Set
The tool I have for you today is one I have shared before, but it is so effective that I will share it again. It requires no special materials; you don't need crystals, a singing bowl, or any other spiritual items, although if you have them and you want to incorporate them in this practice, you can. It initially takes about five minutes (or longer if you've got the time or inclination) and provides a way to enter a place of peace or joy and to recall that exact feeling whenever you need to reduce anxiety and stress.
Sit or lie quietly and comfortably somewhere that you won't be disturbed. Close your eyes and begin by breathing deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you breathe, place your hands over your heart. Notice the warmth from your hands entering your chest and filling your heart.
With each breath, intend to breathe in peace. With each exhalation, visualize tension, stress, anger, pain, uncertainty, or any other negative emotion as black shadows gently entering your breath stream and flowing out into the universe, where it will be neutralized.
When your body, mind, emotions, and spirit feel peaceful, visualize something or someone you love that brings you joy. It can be a beloved friend, family member, or child. It can be a pet. It can be the image of traveling, visiting a sacred space, or romping in the ocean. It can be the memory of digging your toes into warm sand. It can be a memory of the last time you sat with your best friend and laughed so hard your ribs hurt. It can even be the memory of a sacred experience you had in the past, one that left you feeling peaceful, awestruck, and joyful.
Move deeply into whatever experience you are visualizing. Allow yourself to feel the warmth of that emotion. Feel it growing as a ball of warmth in your heart under your hands. Feel it entering into and out of your body on your breath. Feel your heart beat causing that warm emotion to flow with your blood throughout your body into every cell and every corner of your physiology. Sit in the warmth and glow of that emotion, allowing it to permeate every fiber of your being. Allow it to expand outward with your energy.
When this emotion reaches its peak, make a simple gesture with your hands. Make it a gesture you don't make every day, such as stacking your hands one on top of the other with palms up or holding a mudra that speaks to you. Hold that gesture as you bask in the glow of your positive feeling for as long as you can. Once that feeling begins to fade away, release the gesture.
A Daily Practice
Make this a part of your daily meditation; do this for just five minutes a few times each day. And then, as you move through your world and through your life, when you anxiety, fear, stress, or other lower-vibrational thoughts and emotions creeping in, make your gesture. The gesture will bring the vibration you felt during your meditation back to you, allowing you to pause and release the stress and tension.
Do this as often as you need throughout the day. Make this your happy place, an oasis of peace you can return to no matter what is happening in the world around you.
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