Going stir crazy?!
In this time of uncertainty and change it's so easy to get caught up in fear and panic. You just had to look at a supermarket last Thursday to see it! It feels like we're being bombarded with information, mis-information and rumours and we're not really sure what to believe. Its very challenging not to get caught up in it all.
However, this will pass. It might take some time but eventually it will as everything does but how we get through this is so important. In mindfulness we have a saying "What you practice grows stronger." and never has it been more true. If we focus on fear we will get more of that but if we can focus on helping each other out, looking after others and ourselves then we might just get through it and in the process build a stronger sense of community, and resilience.
We might just create something special.
So how do we cope, how do we do this?? We must first remember that this WILL PASS.
Just as it says in one of my favourite teaching stories:
According to an ancient Sufi story, there lived a king in some Middle Eastern land who was continuously torn between happiness and despondency. The slightest thing would cause him great upset or provoke an intense reaction and his happiness would quickly turn into disappointment and despair. A time came when the king finally got tired of himself and of his life so he began to seek a way out. He sent for a wise man who lived in the kingdom who was reputed and enlightened. When the wise man arrived, the king said to him:
“I want to be like you. Can you give me something that will bring balance, serenity and wisdom into my life? I will pay any price you ask.”
The wise man said: “I may be able to help you but the price is so great that your entire kingdom would not be sufficient payment for it. Therefore it will be a gift to you if you will honor it.”
The king gave his assurances and the wise man left. A few weeks later, he returned and handed the king an ornate box carved in jade. The king opened the box and found a simple gold ring inside. Some letters were inscribed on the ring. The inscription read: This, too, shall pass. “What is the meaning of this?” asked the king.
The wise man replied, “Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch this ring and read the inscription. That way, you will always be at peace.”
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