Well, I’ve been up all night. I think we’ve all been up all night, lately. I know every inch of my ceiling at this point and know all too well Chandi’s growly groan as I flip over on my side for the millionth time in the last hour in the hopes of drifting off to sleep.
We are definitely in unknown territory. And, I believe we’re at the very beginning of whatever this is. But, instead of concentrating on COVID-19, and relaying to you for the thousandth time to wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, and to practice social distancing, we’re going to take this someplace different today.
The world is changing. It seems like one big, sudden upheaval, but when you look back on the past decade, our society has been shifting and altering slowly and then gaining extreme momentum to bring us where we are right now. And, there are two choices you can make at this time. 1. You dive head first into the fear of change, of what’s to come, of everything we may lose in the days ahead. Or, 2. You can start looking at this time as an opportunity of great growth. Discomfort? Yes, this all definitely feels uncomfortable. But, we are going to be pushed to grow into something new in this situation.
For all of the yoga practitioners out there, you’ve been hitting your mat day after day, year after year, in preparation for what’s to come. You were drawn to this practice for this very reason. So, when life throws you a huge curve ball, you wouldn’t crumble, but would instead take a breath, know how to begin again, and do the work that was required for your best interest, the interest of the people you love, and the world at large.
I am okay. Everyone I love and hold dear is okay. So, that being said, the mantra in my head right now is “How do I serve?” And, that is how I’m going to fill my days – figuring out how to serve you all the best I can. The only way I can know what I should be doing is to focus on who I should be.
What I know for sure, is that we’ve all been running around like a chicken with its head cut off for the last forty years. I hear my students daily tell me how they run through their days with a lightning speed that makes them wonder where their life is going, but at the same time they have no time to answer that question. And, now you get to breathe. You have a few weeks to do nothing, but focus on who you should be. It’s a gift, not a curse or inconvenience. Greatness can come from this time, if you choose to embrace it.
Start the novel, declutter your home, begin to play the piano or guitar again, play a board game with your kids, get outside, take a breath and smile at the sky. Roll out your mat and figure out how to achieve the posture of your dreams – that one you always wanted to study. You have time right now. And, time is our greatest commodity. It’s not money, or even toilet paper. Only you can choose how you spend your time. You could create an entirely new life that suits you better than you ever thought possible with the time you’ve gained. Go get it.
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