Friends-I know we are all getting blown up with emails at the moment but I wanted to reach out. We are all experiencing something right now- stop and consider that, just about every person on this planet at this moment is being affected by this situation. That's big. That's collective. Our reactions are ranging anywhere from the realm of irritation and misbelief in the reactions to fear and overwhelm for what is happening and the many unknown factors. I invite you to bring some awareness to how you are feeling right now, validate those feelings, they are yours, they exist, they are honest and thus deserve your attention. I also invite you to assess whether your feelings are helpful or not, both to yourself and the planet as a whole (which is so strongly connected at this moment). What are you feeding this world right now?
Mindfulness teaches us to bring nonjudgmental awareness to what is, this is a great time to practice. Thus, I am not telling you to disown your thoughts and feelings to be a superhero. Frankly I don't think we need superheroes right now as much as we need love, kindness, compassion and peace. Thus, how can you invite some love, kindness, compassion and peace into your life right now? Start with yourself and know that every action is fed back into this planet, even if it is "just" to yourself. Think about it, if we all quarantine we will kill (or limit) the spread of this virus... this is an individual act that is being done collective to create universal benefits. The same results can be achieved through acts of love, kindness, compassion and peace. Now is not the time to underestimate how much can be achieved through singular actions and attitudes.
I would like to think that the reaction of the world right now is proactive, taking measures to prevent further spread even at the sake of progress and economy, because ultimately humanity is more important than progress. This is brave. This is disrupting everything we know and putting us all back in our homes, with our families, holding onto what matters most (and that is not toilet paper). This is giving us all an opportunity to really assess things: what is no longer working for the greater good, what needs to be worked and what really just needs to be thrown out. Whether you are shaken or not by what is happening, it is big and is deserving of our attention and consideration. This is a time to take care, not just with hand sanitizer but with moments to stop and settle in. Be here, right now, and breathe. There is a lot happening and I'm sure many of you feel it in a variety of ways. Take time, moments even, to collect yourself and feel into yourself. Be aware of the greater picture, but come back to your home, your body as often as possible so that you don't float away with things that you cannot control. Do what you can and trust that that is enough.
I am here- if there is anything you need, be it an email or phone call or video chat, please just reach out.
Love to you,
Chelsea M Latham
When I was a kid my mom would occasionally refer to me as a Reverend, because I had the need to speak so passionately about just about everything. Little did she know that some day I would build a business upon sharing the wisdom that I am so passionate about. So here you go, here are some bits and bobs of thoughts strung together for your enjoyment.