One of the best questions I've heard during these strange times: WHEN YOU LOOK BACK ON THIS, HOW WILL YOU FEEL ABOUT HOW YOU ACTED...ABOUT HOW YOU CARRIED YOURSELF...ABOUT WHAT YOU DID/ACCOMPLISHED/DIDN'T ACCOMPLISH??
Sure, at first, I don't think there's anything wrong with just chillin'...feeling what you're feeling...processing...taking time for self-care...connecting deeply with your family again. But what then? What now?
It's easy to let things slide when times are good...when the general health of the country/world seems okay, when the economy is booming. Times like we're experiencing now show us that we've been taking for granted. All of us.
Pain is a part of life. Many wish to pursue a pain free life...but life truly isn't supposed to be pain free. Pain is an indicator of something. Like your hand over a hot stove, the pain tells you to move your hand. Similarly, the pain you may be feeling right now is an indication of something. Are you listening? Are you getting quiet and really listening? Or are you keeping up the mental chatter and blocking intuition, God, the universe from telling you something?
If you're finding it hard to quiet the mind, well, this is part of the work. I find my greatest peace, my greatest clarity on the river, on the ocean, in the grip of nature's pure and beautiful power. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
This rolling river, the rhythm of the casting motion and drift, the breeze coming down the mountain, the sun rays peeking through the clouds from time to warm the skin, the power and grandeur of the pines...it is all very real power. It is all re-connection to the universe, to self. This is where I find the greatest connection/clarity.
So, if you're able and it is pertinent, retreat to nature to recenter and reclaim you thoughts and energy as your own. If you can't right now, then employ other tools...prayer, meditation, yoga, focusing exercises, breath. Find a way to bring yourself back to center. Clear your mind. Listen. Move forward inspired.
Downstream means life flowing. It means choosing the positive...because how you see life, how you truly choose to see it is how you experience it.