I find myself cascading across a myriad of emotions as we wrap up a month in self isolation. One day seems to blend effortlessly into the next and what stands out are my day to day patterns. Thankfully, it is these very habits that provide me a basic structure with which to anchor myself into my day.
This new landscape brings its challenges to us all, albeit in different ways. Even the most mindful and optimistic among us have our moments of vulnerability. I keep reminding myself that to be feeling many different things throughout the day is not only normal but expected. With any new situation, especially one that has never been navigated before, that’s bound to happen.
Each emotion that comes up in us, does so to be released. So how do we allow each emotion to move through us with ease? As a little child we were far more aware of what soothed us; a bottle of milk, the feel of a much loved blanket, a lullaby at bedtime, the sight of a favourite toy or best of all, a hug from our mother or father. That feeling of being held, I don’t think it ever leaves us, no matter how old we get. Most of us try to find it in our partners, careers or children but regardless of our success in any of these areas, it will only ever be like holding a candle to the sun.
In returning to our childhood, we remember that sweet warm sensation, that feeling of being safe, nurtured and whole, actually happened inside of us. We experienced it within our self, as we do all of life. And, just as we were met as a baby, discovering our way in a new world, with love at every step, so must we soothe our self now, with the same compassion.
For today’s wisdom means nothing if we still look outwards for what only lies within. As this new situation unfolds, hold that little child in a tender embrace and allow it to soften, once again, into abject surrender.