Newton Press Mentor - Newton, IL

We have been swimming in a sea of confusion throughout the pandemic.

I have found conflicting information on just about every pandemic related topic available.

You can find online information to support just about any position one wishes to take on our current situation. There is just a whole lot of noise out there right now.

Admittedly, I have gotten pretty fired up amidst that noise. I’ve seen patterns of foul play and conspiracy which a lot of folks think I’m absolutely crazy for questioning and discussing. That is OK. I am not trying to gain the approval or agreement of masses of people. I’m just exercising my right to inquire and communicate. But I have grown weary.

I had to take some time out and feel into my internal state. I sensed that my state of mind was troubled, hyperactive, and obsessive. I had become addicted to researching information and trying to figure out the truth.

In the depths of research, I sensed that my breathing had become erratic and shallow.

Sometimes an entire day would come and go before I realized that I hadn’t moved my body from my seat in front of a computer.

The obsessive quest for the truth had resulted in a massive imbalance of my mind, body, and spirit. I did not feel peace – only fear and resentment of the world.

This behavior lasted for a couple weeks until I realized how unsustainable it was. Stress does a number on mental and physical health, and here I was immersing myself in stress from morning ‘til night.

There is value and purpose in staying informed, but if that process is preventing us from cultivating balance in mind, body, and spirit, then we are possibly harming ourselves.

As we concern ourselves with the pandemic, let us remember that our individual peace and balance have an impact on the health of humanity as a whole. Let us never ever forget this.

Self-care is paramount, but it is really tough to care for one’s self while swimming in a sea of confusion. The stormy waters crash against our minds, stripping us of all clarity. Our attention moves from one fear to the next, one judgment to the next, until the vines of resentment wrap around our hearts and our chests pound. The outside world has captured every ounce of our awareness, and we cannot feel and sense the disharmony within our minds, bodies, and spirits.

May we no longer be controlled and blinded by the storm.

May we always remember that we have the power to harmonize and balance.

May we take some time to connect with what is most sacred to us, and may we explore that sacredness as if there is no tomorrow.

What is sacred to you?

Is it the sound of child’s laughter?

Is it the sardonic sense of humor of someone who is up in their years?

Is it the wide open Illinois sky, so crisp and clear, and full of stars like nowhere else in the world?

Is it the smell of spring entering through your open window on those first warm days of the year?

Is it the home grown food you are planting in your backyard garden?

Is it the make-up fun you have with your partner after a good old-fashioned argument?

Is it the wag of your dog’s tail every time you walk in the door – that example of unconditional love waiting for you every single day?

Is it the understanding that this earth dream we call life is so precious, so very short and limited, that every moment is an offering from the Divine?

Is it the knowing that some place that feels like your true home exists beyond this three dimensional realm?

Is it the acknowledgment that you have sovereignty over your consciousness, over how you utilize your attention, and nothing can ever take that away from you?

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