Los Suenos Institute
Why covid-19 is so scary. Beyond the serious health concerns. It is destroying all the status quo. All what we consider our normal and predictable life. It has triggered a very primal fear. The fear of the unknown! Humans hate and fear change! Even if we are miserable, we want things to stay the same. Because it is at least predictable misery. We know exactly how miserable we will be when we wake up in the morning. Yet change is the one constant of this human experience. It is the one certainty. Yet, we are in a continuous battle with it. As unsettling as change is, its' path and effect on us is predictable. It is this predictability which allows us to develop skills to facilitate change into our lives. Change takes a set of known facts, routines, and conditions and replaces them with a new unknown set of facts, routines, and conditions. Below are the steps you can take to facilitate change into your life.
1. Fear of the Unknown 1. Gather information about the change
2. Overwhelmed 2. Prioritize information gathered
3. Out of Control 3. Develop a Plan
The more you practice these steps the better you will get at them. Over time they will become part of your subconscious and you will automatically facilitate change in this way. This will become part of who you are. A very liberating and powerful part.
Many times when we spend to much time in our mind or body we become uncentered. In these moments we are connected to Ego or what Nashua's call the human being. The human being constantly needs to be fed. It demands continuous attention. It is always afraid and insecure. So we lash out or inward in anger, verbally or physically. When we spend time in spirit we are connected to the source of all energy. Thus our energy is centered. When we are connected to the source we are connected to our authentic self. It is strong, abundant, creative, at peace. This is why when you meditate, pray, or spend moments of quite reflection there is a peace all around you. You are connected to the source. You are in spirit, inspired.
Are you where you want to be? Not meant to start the morning so heavy. Yet many of us rush off to a routine before ever coming close to contemplating is this what I want to do? Is this what I am meant to do? If the answer is yes, I applaud you. If the answer is no, why not? Why have you chosen to be quiet in your despair? Two of Thoreau’s quotes have always stayed with me, “Mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation (I am sure he included women too) and only when they come to die learn they have not lived.” While they are two separate quotes I think they fit quite well together. I think here lies the challenge how do we get from where we are to where we are meant to be? We first must awaken from this routine and live consciously. Make a commitment to ourselves to live directly with purpose and passion. To do less is to come to die and know we have not lived.