Living with Fear
Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face … You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Thank you Eleanor, because we seem to be in deep doo-doo right now and the landscape isn’t looking too jolly at the moment!
The notion of welcoming fear is counterintuitive, but I agree (grudgingly) that any growth I’ve experienced has come as a result of facing difficult times. We are now in a period of shared difficulty and it’s so interesting that we’re being asked to enforce social distance as we go through it.
Prayer retreats are based on the principle that we need to withdraw from an environment of distraction to reaffirm our authentic identity as Spirit in material forms. Could this be a mandatory mass prayer retreat?
I don’t think anyone wants to thank the Coronavirus for the opportunity to reboot our purpose, but Infinite Intelligence works in amazing ways. What if the pandemic is about bringing us home to the center of our being without the scaffolding and distractions of daily routine?
This is uncomfortable. Moving out of the Comfort Zone is where we learn. We enter the world being squeezed down the birth canal, our introduction to the ultimate risk…birth into a physical form.
When discomfort and fear are introduced so dramatically as we are experiencing now, we have to pay attention. We can make this experience far more than surviving a virus. In truth, it’s a shared opportunity.
With love, Rosanne