It’s been over two months since my last newsletter. That one was mostly about the virus and immune boosting ideas. By now, everyone sitting in front of a screen during the lockdown probably knows more on the subject than me. It’s a bit unsettling how far we’ve come. Hard to imagine where it’s headed from here. My vote would be for local economies focused on community and self-reliance. Though that’s probably not much help for city dwellers. Either way change is upon us.
I was looking back at my posts from the beginning of 2020 and found this.
January 9, 2020
The sun will still rise and set like it always has. The Earth will continue spinning. However, what is going to change is the way our species, and all of the other living beings on this planet, live our lives. Significant changes are going to take place as we progress into this new decade.
With the dawning of 2020 modern society appears to have reached another important crossroad. We have had a number of opportunities in the recent past and it is hard to know how many more there will be. Like a pendulum that swings from one extreme to the other, our way of living has reached the point where our destructive all-consuming way of life must now return back the other way. For too long we, as a civilization, have come to consider the Earth, the plants, the animals, other human beings and everything else, whether it is nailed down or not, resources to be exploited. This take…take…take mentality must now give way to something different.
And different we have…..with more different on the way, I imagine.
Did I say decade? It’s only been six months!
Yes, there is a reset coming. But it doesn’t have to be all bad. If we can remain calm, centered and focused on maintaining our best selves in the present moment, we can usher in a whole new way of living and being.
I do know that there are groups of people doing amazing things during this time. Meditations, chanting, kirtan concerts, deeper discussions, inner reflections and much more. The lockdown has presented everyone with time to look at themselves and make some choices. And, if you are someone who cares about their personal health as well as the well-being of the Earth, my guess is you’ve made some good choices.
Now more than ever, we need to get outside in the natural world whenever we can. Connect to the plants, animals, insects and all of Mother Earth. Breathe in the air. Take a moment to let everything else go and just be. Yes, it’s difficult to take the time because of everything going on, but everything going on is the reason we need to take the time to do it.
We really have an opportunity right now to start thinking differently about what the future might look like. Have courage, be strong in your heart and maintain your balance while the world wobbles.
Wishing you much peace,
Every time I’m about to post this something else happens. Now it’s rioting in a number of major cities. Please be smart and stay safe. Things are going to escalate asymmetrically. Be aware of your surroundings and remain vigilant so as not to get caught up in situations that can get out of control.
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Thoughts and ideas for navigating the difficulties of our challenging world.
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