I had a very different post in mind for this week, but given the events in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day, I have decided to offer a different message. I know you all know the details of what happened that day, so there is no need for me to rehash those terrifying events. What I’d like to give you instead is a gentle reminder that we are in need of caring for ourselves more and more during these turbulent times.
In addition to doubling and tripling up on our self care, rest, nutrition, walks in fresh air, journaling, etc., we can benefit from simply shifting our focus to people who are doing courageous acts, who are offering great love to the world, who are doing their best to be of service to others, and to those who are continuing to be kind and compassionate in the face of darkness. You may decide you want to join them in their efforts, or provide support from the sidelines.
This is also a time when your artist needs lots of extra room to wander, explore, and express herself/himself. Get to your paints, pencils, brushes, camera, markers, pens, charcoal, paper, canvases, and clay.
Paradoxically, your pain is a portal through which you may walk and discover some powerful truths that may have previously been hidden from view. Go right to it. Use your creativity to bolster you on your journey, and if you are so moved, share your discoveries with us. Let us know what you found during your dark night. It is most likely going to be oxygen for us as well.
I have come to realize that when my mind gallops into the Future Moment or reverts to the Past Moment, my energy drains, my spirit sinks, and my heart literally aches. I cannot solve something that has already happened, and I cannot influence positively what comes next from a place of discord. All I can do is relax into the Present Moment and summon the highest vibrational energy I can — that of love, peace, and joy. I can achieve this through meditation, through writing and creative acts of all kinds, through playing with my sweet golden retriever, through walks in nature, or through finding and watching wonderful nuggets like this: