Follow Your Heart in the Midst of a Crisis
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us have weathered all sorts of situations over time, dealing with injuries, losses, fears and tears. In the midst of the pandemic, it's important to remember that and use all of our resources to stay strong. One of our prime resources is the heart.
Sometimes we instinctively believe if we try, we can think our way through anything. Dr. Amy Bloch's book, The Power of the Heart, reminds us of how powerful an ally the heart can be.
I found her observations to be very relevant right now as we struggle to cover every base in a frantic world. She reminds us of who we are and what that means when we listen to our hearts. See what you think of these thoughts.
The heart knows how to live with uncertainty - Bloch says, "The heart knows we don't know what anything will ultimately mean." Right now we are trying to project what will happen to us and those around us. In response, we need to stay up on the facts and do the very best that we can to fight the virus. Bloch believes we can continue to be competent by staying confident, focused and observant in the face of uncertainty.
The heart reaches out to others - Bloch reminds us of all of the skills and previous accomplishments we have used in the past to help our friends and families. Past times challenged us too, but we kept going and depended on the best part of ourselves to handle situations at home and at work.
The heart knows how to keep on giving - Just as you have been there for others in the past, the heart knows you will be right there right again. Countless people of all ages in all parts of the country are stepping up to make more masks, just as they rallied in the past to send money and supplies to people who weathered hurricanes, floods and wildfires.
Finding calm in the midst of chaos is possible - Bloch assures us we can do the most for our own health and that of our friends, family and co-workers when we stay grounded. If they look to you for answers, don't disappoint them. Find a smile and reach deep for the most reassuring words and the best solutions. If that is hard, call or text the most calm and resourceful people that you know. Count on them to help you keep your balance.
Look to yourself everyday - Take a few minutes morning and evening to meditate on your thoughts. Let them flow through unchecked. Later they will become clearer. Spend a few minutes outside and keep moving to stimulate your brain and your body. Eat more healthy foods and drink more water. You really know best who you are and what you have to offer. Keep that in focus and keep right on going.
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