Suzanne Norman

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Monday, March 23, 2020

 

HOW TO KEEP MOVING LIFE FORWARD DURING A PANDEMIC

We are experiencing some crazy times right now, no doubt about that. We've had similar situations in our recent history and we've come out strong, remember that.

If you're feeling any anxiety, that's completely understandable, these are challenging times and staying positive can prove very difficult. Uncertainty and fear can take a stronghold of your emotions.

Now more than ever, it's important that we stay calm and come together to get through this latest global health emergency.

More than ever, it's important that we all move forward in the spirit of community, compassion, and positive expectations that we will get through this as soon as possible.

When we feel out of control, it can feel as if the ground beneath us falls away and it can be easy to spiral into anxiety and panic.

This is an opportunity to stop and ask yourself, "what can I control right now?" In the moment, you can control your breathing and your thoughts. On a broader landscape, you can choose how you respond to any situation. You can choose to stay positive. You CAN choose to take care of yourself and practice self-care routines that include yoga, meditation, and breathing.

Nourish your body to keep your immune system strong and this includes reducing your stress. You can turn off the constant stream of negativity and go outside and be in nature. You can call a friend and give each other support. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend more quality time with family and friends. We are being asked to slow down and be present, not rushing from one event after another as is usual with our over-scheduled lives. We have a beautiful opportunity to simply be together and unplug, connect, laugh, and play.

One of the best things you can do for yourself when you're feeling down is to help another, to give of yourself. Check-in on a neighbor or an elderly relative and see how you can help them or if they just need a calming reassurance.

What we each most certainly should be avoiding is feeding into the collective energy of fear. Be a hopeful and bright source of energy for your friends and family.

Things are never as they seem and situations such as this have historically never materialized into the predicted disastrous outcomes. If you are healthy, you are going to be fine. Do your part and remain calm and let's come together in the spirit of community to support one another.

On a spiritual level, the viral spread shows us how profoundly interconnected we are. We are all part of each other and part of this world in ways that we often ignore in easier times. It's sobering to realize that we share our very breath with every creature on this planet.

But it's also inspiring to realize that your breath itself can be a healing power when you fill it with light and send it with kindness into the world.

Adding loving-kindness prayer to your breath when you feel anxious or fearful, "May I be happy, May I be safe, May I be healthy - May my family be happy, may they be safe, may they be healthy - May the people in my community be happy, may they be safe, may they be healthy - May all sentient creatures on this earth be happy, may they be safe, may they be healthy"

This practice is one of the best ways there is to lift the mind beyond fear. And it's good for the immune system!

Every one of us has powerful practices for strengthing our connection to grace and healing. This is a time to use what we know.

So along with taking sensible precautions, Use your mindfulness awareness and noticing where your fear sits in the body and when fear is present, create space around it and breathe through it.

More suggestions:
Spend time drawing in light through the crown of your head and feeling that light penetrating your cells.

Protect your subtle body by creating a balloon of light around your body, protecting yours from negativity as well as external threats such as viruses and pathogens.

Our spiritual practice teaches us that peace and joy are not dependent on external circumstances.

The Buddha taught that suffering is optional, you don't have to go where your mind takes you. You can direct your attention to what needs to be done now with kindness, compassion, patience, self-monitoring, and freedom.

Everyone around us needs this, a level of presence and peace. It's the only way you can make an impact. It's time to put into practice what you've been practicing!

If you attend classes at the studio, I want you to know that I intend to keep classes going.  We are now offering the classes on Zoom. I want to help you stay with your practice when you need it most.  Here is the yoga class schedule.  If you'd like to join, please send me an email and I will forward you the payment link and the class link

Class Schedule:  

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m.

Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Of course, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to meditate every day and I want to help you with that as I am committed to helping you stay calm and grounded during this time. To that end, I have decided to offer daily meditations for you during this time. They are posted on YouTube and on my podcast station

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I leave you with the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh
"Promise me that you'll always remember:
You're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think"

 

 

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