At this time, many of us are under a stay-at-home order. Or if it isn’t an order, we do it anyway because it is in the interest of the greater good.
However, shouldn’t we think of it as taking refuge rather than an “order”?
There is something unknown and frightening in the world. We find safety within the boundaries of our dwellings; we find the compassion and love of neighbors in the good stories; we find comfort in knowing that we are doing the best we can to protect others.
As I sit here, listening to silence interrupted only by the ticking of a clock or the dog’s nails on the floor, I realize that I feel like I am waiting.
It is a waiting of wonder. Not a wait of impatience, not a wait for reward. It is a waiting of wondering what will come. There are many potential futures in front of us. How do our actions shape that future for ourselves and for our world?
I wonder what the waiting is like for a person living in poverty, in war-torn cities, in streets of violence, in abusive homes? Is it no wonder they seek refuge, a place to feel safe and comforted?
Think of this time you are spending waiting before you judge another when they seek refuge from the threat to their lives. Can you be a place of refuge for another?
As human beings we seek the same things in life – safety, comfort, community. We need to periodically reflect on the humanness of our own selves so that we may better see the humanness in others.
This is a time when you can really see how one person’s actions can impact so many others’ lives. So how do you everyday actions impact the world?
It is important to be compassionate, to be kind, help those you are able to help, and to remember that YOU make a difference in the world.
Find your meditation method – be it sitting still or dancing away – and discover the ability within you to embrace the world and keep it moving forward.