By Emily Suzuki, MA, LAC
For almost a year, we have all been in an extended and drawn out pause from what had constituted normalcy in our daily routine. COVID-19 has swept through most corners of the world and our lives, and in some way or another, slowed down, altered, or stopped many ways of being and moving through the world. As we batted down the hatches, our energy went inward, we cried, found new ways to cope, we grieved and mourned.
When there is a lot going on, sometimes we don’t always have or take the time to consider the way forward. We stumble through the dark, putting things down on any surface we can find, missing the details, while grasping for a light switch.
Now, nine months in, taking inventory and stock of where we are and what we’ve come through, it’s a great relief to feel that we are better equipped to prepare with this next season and the unknowns that will certainly arrive. We’ve gained a great deal of resilience from having been here before.
As we enter a second wave of COVID-19 cases climbing, the aftermath of a contentious election and winter season upon us, we’re more familiar with the darkness, this slowness, and perhaps boredom. In this slightly more comfortable place, let’s take pause and notice what has been depleted, drained, or stagnant. What does it look like to cultivate the conditions that allow us to go into this time with not just more awareness but also intention?
By shining light on something in a new way, we can charge it with fresh energy. Traditional Eastern philosophies such as Feng Shui know this to be true. We can create a higher vibration in our space, as well as the things in it, and even our bodies with a little effort and intention.
Similar to how a house plant will perk up when moved closer to a sunlit window, we too get new energy from moving both physical and emotional things around within our space.
Back when we were fumbling through the darkness, what did you put down that is ready to be picked back up, returned to, and dusted off? What corners of your heart want some attention?
What needs to be hung out on the clothes line and aired out?
This practice is an invitation to invite change in. It can require some time, intention, effort, and even support. Staying close to home to do this work, requires a subtle shift in our attention and attitude. To be clear, we don’t always have the energy or space in our lives to do the heavy lifting required to move the bigger pieces of ourselves. It’s ok to take it slow, in fact, change asks for gentleness and compassion.
Here are a few small practices that you can do at home that will invite a higher vibration into your body, mind, and space:
May these ideas spark a light in you. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, please know that these are all normal things to feel right now. Reach out to Mindful and Multicultural Counseling Center for support and to learn how to refresh and rejuvenate your energy and awareness.
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