Living in Uncertain Times

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion

Artwork: Piet Mondrian

Good Morning Beautiful People,

Another week in confinement has quickly gone by, and I truly hope that you are safe and healthy, wherever you are in this world.

There are so many different realities as to what we are globally experiencing, some people living with the fear of stepping outside of their home; others living with the fear of no longer being able to afford a home; some believing that this confinement is a route to a healthy and sustainable way of living; whilst a lot of people are also believing in various conspiracy theories.

Whatever our truth, and forgive me if I haven’t named yours, we are living in uncertain times.

My dear friend, yogi and fellow meditation teacher Hannah Muse recently shared the following quote by psychotherapist and author Dr Matt Licata, from his book Befriending Ourselves in Difficult Times:

“In times when we’ re unable to rely on our ordinary reference points- when the familiar axis around which we rotate has fallen away- we can re-establish ground in the aliveness of our immediate, embodied experience.

There is a ground that is always here. A place of internal resource that we do not need to earn, deserve, or produce. It is not a matter of production, but one of attunement, to a dimension within the Self. We can locate this place of safety and resource through the portal of the physical body, in the rising and falling of the belly, and in the subtle body by way of the breath.”

So on this note, once again I will invite you to feel the air moving in through your nostrils, taking that deep conscious inhale, and when you feel ready, breathing out slowly. Once again, taking another deep inhale, how about feeling the air expanding your chest, expanding your belly, and again, when you feel ready, slowly breathing out, anything and everything you no longer need. As you tune into your body, feeling your feet on the ground, your sit bones on the chair your might be sitting on, what if right now, regardless of your reality, you always had “a ground” to fall back on.

As American Poet, Yung Pueblo said: “It is not easy. Healing yourself, transforming your mind, building new habits, observing reality without projections or delusions. This is work that takes effort, but when you continue trying, it creates significant results that have an immensely positive impact on your life.”

This is my wish for us all, that we keep trying, coming back to our divine presence that knows not to listen to the drama of the mind.

In case you feel called to deepen your practice, we are still meeting daily on zoom at 9.30am Brussels time. It will be a delight to see you there. https://zoom.us/j/6911455565 | password 739019

Until then, don’t hesitate to send me your comments or any questions you might have, its always a pleasure to read you.

With Love and Deep Respect,

Vanessa

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