The profound gift of the Covid-19 pandemic and the globally imposed social distancing, is that as the world around us is imploding upon itself, we have the opportunity to take the first steps in building a whole new world. Building the new world begins with US and in the way we decide to live NOW and how this NOW might inform the new world we want to create for ourselves and our loved ones once this is all over. The good news is that by all accounts, this will not be “over” until 2022 so we have plenty of time to reflect on and take the necessary steps for building our new world.
Building our new world begins with ourselves and the choices we make around how we want to live our lives and what we want our new worlds to look like. For those who have found their way to the Authentic Freedom community, the world we build will be reflective of our individual temperaments and desires yet rooted in our unique calling to be of service to the betterment of our world. But again, bettering our world, begins with us and with the choices we make around how we want to live our lives.
I cannot speak for others, but for myself, the new world of which I want to be a part is quieter, simpler, gentler and kinder than the world we have been living in. It is a world that treats our planet gently and with great honor, acknowledging that it is only in treating the earth as sacred that She might produce the fruits that we need to survive. It is a world in which every human being is honored as holy and sacred and where diversity is not only honored but celebrated. It is a world that supports the full development of every single human being by providing the resources we need not only to survive, but to thrive.
Yes, these are big dreams, and I know this is possible when we begin to make these choices for ourselves. When we as individuals live simply, gently, quietly, kindly; when we treat our world as sacred – taking only what we truly need while sharing the surplus with others; when we treat other human beings with dignity, honor and respect and when we work to insure the needs of all humans are being met to not only survive (food, clothing, shelter, safety, healthcare), but also to thrive (education, enrichment, self-development, etc.) then it can be done. But again, it starts with US.
During this time of social distancing, I am taking the steps to building my own new world, steps that I’m finding are soooooo very simple:
Laying the Foundation:
The foundation of my life has always been my relationship with the Divine. In my NOW and into my NEW world, this foundation will continue and as I have witnessed, deepen. I begin my morning with my spiritual practice and return to it frequently throughout the day. This simple time dedicated to myself and the Divine of my understanding is the foundation out of which the rest of my life unfolds. Everything I need for guidance, inspiration, understanding and to find a place of comfort and safety in an insane world, I find within these moments. Even when I’m not in a time of dedicated meditation and prayer, the fruits of my practice continue to unfold. With this I have come to understand Paul’s invitation that we “pray without ceasing.” When this relationship is the foundation of our lives, everything becomes a prayer.
Building the Supports:
Cultivating well-being. My physical and emotional health are critical to me. With this I make healthy choices. I choose healthy foods. I enjoy gentle exercise (yoga and walking). I take supplements and my prescribed medications. I do what I need to do to keep my mind and my spirit healthy (meditation, yoga, setting healthy boundaries, honoring my need for solitude, choosing how and with whom I want to spend my time).
Ongoing learning: As part of my temperament and passion, I have been given the gift of learning. I love to learn. As such, I take time each day to cultivate learning. I learn. I study. I explore.
Time for enjoyment: “All work and no play makes Lauri a dull girl.” I’m kind of boring anyway and I like boring, but that is not to say I don’t have enjoyment. I take time to read for pleasure and I love a good movie or binge-worthy television series. The more magical or mystical the better, but even a good piece of historical fiction can whet my appetite.
Don’t Forget the Aesthetics:
Our new world is meant to be enjoyable and to have beauty. This will mean different things to different people, but to me, my world has beauty when I am nurturing, cultivating and sharing my gifts – for my own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of the world. As such, this is about:
Taking time to CREATE: I write. I draw. I publish books. I develop and share curriculum. I cook. I clean. I nurture my children. I show kindness and am a listening ear to those I meet. I nurture my friendships – old and new.
Being a Source of Support for Others: Making myself available for guidance and support as we find our way through the Covid-19 event and when it is done, helping people find their new normal – through my books, online classes and services, local gatherings (when we can gather again) and one-on-one support through Reiki and Spiritual Counseling.
Questions for your own reflection:
What are you finding during social distancing that feels good to you?
What in social distancing would you like to see become part of your new normal?
What is the new world you want to create for yourself?