I come to you, once again humbled by Death, and how we can wake up one day and find that this day will be a day where everything changes.
Right now, this day, we are approaching a crossroad of potential change.
Those traumatized by previous outbreaks of violence will be trembling with worries of civil unrest and deaths, holding rational fear of what the coming days might bring.
Being told that the covid crisis is "turning a corner" while seeing the statistics of infections and deaths rising and watching as, one by one, countries in Europe begin to reinstate more safe guards to protect their citizens creates a shaky foundation for us as individuals.
It does not matter what side of the political fence you are on.
It does not matter whether you've been unaffected by covid or have had covid or have loved ones who have died of covid, and it doesn't even matter if you don't believe covid exists. Your body-mind knows.
Your soul knows and at some level registers the pain of the collective.
If your family is like mine, there's been no damming of the stream where crisis floats along during these times.
Life still happens.
People still die; my family had another family member die recently.
Stress still becomes a weight too heavy to carry at times. I'm hearing stories of people struggling to cope on the daily.
And beautiful babies continue to born; as we had happen in our lives in mid-October.
The thing that we are not talking about, the elephant in the room is the "too muchness" of the last months.
When we are living in the midst of a futuristic dystopian reality, that we could never have imagined–– pandemic, civil unrest, inconsistencies from leadership, rampant hate–– there is little room to hold our personal life-changes and stressors that arise.
We need to all recognize that on the scale of easily handled to too-muchness: all of our systems are registering too muchness.
Again, whether you acknowledge it or not, your cells feel it. Your soul feels it.
Today could be the day you get the phone call that changes your life forever.
Would your foundation be strong enough to hold that news?
I encourage to look around at your day to day life and find the spaces where you can squeeze moments of pause in.
Making space within the moment.
Connecting with what sets your heart on fire.
Sitting in a space that overwhelmingly replenishes you and serves your own and the greater good.
The antidote of too-muchness starts very small.
It can be as simple of taking a moment to regulate your breathing . . . maybe adding a thought if your mind continues to race about the external stress.
Find playlists of relaxing music that resonates for you, occasionally taking five minutes to just listen and breathe with it.
Send love to all of those you adore, here and in the beyond, with each exhale and feel their love coming to you on an exhale.
Give yourself space.
And be gentle with yourself.
If you are not feeling overwhelmed at times, you are not human. Let yourself feel the big feelings.
Mindfully attempt to create a structure that provides your cells, your soul and occasional respite.
Take good care.