It has been a hard month for many people where despair is running deep.
I wanted to share a moment of peace here before returning to the challenges ahead of us.
First remember to take time off to witness the world. Despair is a form of disconnection so take a moment to reconnect. Find something to be connected towards and find beauty that exists even in times of despair.
Never forget in the fight, in the challenges, in the crazy moments… life is also always beautiful.
Take a moment to flow with Koi.
(leave the volume off, just flow quietly)
Try watching with sound on and off to see the difference it makes. Then watch with the sound off, and more deeply pause into what gets stirred by the the experience. Let what gets stirred up, push the despair to the side. Feel how the connection to that moment actually can dispel the despair. The worse trap of despair is when it uses your own energy to disconnect you from others. Once you reconnect to something, you can defeat despair. The trick then becomes to find something to more permanently connect towards once you learn this truth.
A zen garden is all about connection, to connect to the hidden flows of life that surprise you. A zen garden is an excellent way to find peace in a time of despair. So let the Koi above be your zen garden. Witness something flowing, pause, and then reconnect back to your own life.
Despair is a disconnection from your path. So connect with simple actions. Start to flow again. Finding an unexpected path can help encourage a person to move on without despair.
Turn any feeling of suffering around to inspire ideas to help others.
Inflate hopelessness with actions that connect you with community.
Fear might push you to fight back but slow down to fight with style and grace.
If you feel stuck: Pause is often the best option. Use that pause to build up reserves, intuition and options. In the pause, experiment, test new directions until you find traction and once you feel optimism engage it fully and live better.