Pretty obvious eh? Our lives have already in few short weeks changed dramatically. Following on from yesterday’s blog we are in a better head and heart space having accepted ‘our lot.’
Like Pavlov’s dog we practice social distancing, our hands are hopefully and constantly hot-water-soaped lickety-split clean and we are staying home. And as we settle into our lockdown we have time to reflect on life.
Like I did half a century ago, you may determine there are changes you need to make to live a more productive and happier lifestyle. Or simply, living with your foot off the pedal, go with the flow and allow things to happen organically.
This COVID 19 event has set the world asunder. No one can forecast what the future holds. Hopefully the world will rebel against the pace of life and greed that was ours over the past few decades. Employers may find that people working from home are more efficient, happier and healthier. We may find ‘looking out,’ for each other is a preferable way to live. Even come to the conclusion that less is the new more.
One of the main drivers for me in changing my life was ‘finding the silver lining’ in a situation. It was difficult at first as my circumstances were pretty wretched and the nubs of thankfulness had to be dug out past anger and powerlessness. But it became a habit over time.
In today’s lingo it is ‘the practice of gratitude.’
Robert Emmons is the professor of psychology at UC Davis, University of California and for over a decade, he has been contributing to the scientific literature on the study of gratitude and well-being. His studies show ‘the practice of gratitude’ improves physical and psychological health, and it allows people to form stronger relationships and become more resilient.
The practice of gratitude I found kept me in the moment. I did not make, and have never made a list of things I was grateful about. As the habit grew it was more about appreciating the little moments in daily life that bring contentment or delight Maybe it was watching my children play, maybe a scudding cloud in a blue sky or a new shoot on a plant in the garden.
I enjoyed these smiley moments so much that I focused on encouraging the moments of pleasure to blossom to stretch in my mind.
My mind of course was releasing endorphins, happy chappy hormones – not that I knew that at that time – practicing mindfulness or indeed living consciously was not yet in the dictionary.
Yes I know your life needs planning, priortising and setting goals or targets but now with our enforced isolation isn’t it an opportunity to live as mindfully as possible, that is deliberately being aware of the little good moments that life gives us? The practice of gratitude take us immediately into the present moment. In the present moment there is no looking over our shoulder no worrying about the future, just simply the now.
Eckhart Toll, the spiritual teacher and author of The Power of Now said ‘The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment. You create a good future by creating a good present. ‘
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2 thoughts on “Life Has to Change”
Hi Mary…. as you say, you are an old hand at finding the silver lining in any situation…( nice article btw) .. although it could get devastating for people, i am finding i keep having moments where i am feeling inexplicably joyous. This reset which we would never have chosen could do us a lot of good and we can start to create a compassionate world based on community… less stuff… less work… more sharing and a move even towards a gift economy of sorts?! It’s a proper re-boot isnt it? A friend pointed out that ‘Lungs’ relate to grief, sadness and historical trauma, and this is where Corona is working on people…. many things happening.. and i will be finding the silver lining where i can ! Stay well. Love M X
Hi Mike thank you for your comment. I am so in tune with you – this virus has given us the pause – the time out from the recent madness of the world, where we can get in touch again with our hearts. There is no way we can go back to what we refer to as normal (compared to the abnormality of today) I am putting in my tractor beam a fairer, caring world that takes the stewardship of our planet and all people in a more responsible way. Keep safe and well Mike xxx