We now find ourselves in such limited spatial arrangements, and sometimes at a loss for a sense of time. Our lives have been uprooted as we are now sequestered from our previous daily routines and relationship with others. The illusion of control has come crashing down upon us as we find ourselves in situations that were not initially of our choosing.
However, does it matter whether we choose to be in it for self-protection or that we were placed into it? For either way, we are in a process of change and are not where or what we were before, nor do we know where we are going or how our new forms of life will be. We are in between a space and time, in flux, which can be mental, emotional, physical, and spiritually destabilizing and disorienting. The old routines, rituals, habits, and creature comforts are now changing, the future is not known (the future has always been unknown, a fact we never want to accept). Our dominant wish is for this time to be over and that we can go back to some illusion of control over our lives. We are impatient to pass through this muddle quickly, with as little distress as possible, with as little change as possible, even though that is not likely. We are hoping for things to go back to the way they were… however, we are undergoing a transformational change.
But what if we choose to experience this space and time, this uncomfortable now, as a state of creativity, construction, deconstruction, rebuilding, choice and transformation? Like the cocoon in which a caterpillar emerges as a butterfly.
Dwelling in this unsettling time, whether we are pushed, or if we jump, we may be signaled to draw and grow with our internal resources and possibilities that we may not have tapped into otherwise. In the unknown areas of space between here and there, between younger and older, between past and future… life happens. In this time and space, we can learn to let consciousness and awareness be our teacher, rather than living under the illusion that we are creating it all on our own, we experience the process.
We enter a paradox: of disturbing time and space that not only breaks us down, but also offers us the choice to live in it with fierce aliveness, freedom, sacredness, companionship, and awareness of a presence greater than ourselves.
Using this time to evolve, to reach deep for a peace of mind found in prayer, in mindfulness, in harmony, grace and gratitude. This is where our true life lies, even in the middle of the storms.
May god’s grace be with us.