I think sometimes I am wasting this time of “pause” that humanity is going through. My day-to-day is not that different, with the exception of fewer trips to the store and perhaps fewer client bookings. I fill my days with my business to-do list, podcast production and taking my turn at cooking or cleaning. I do Qigong and meditate most mornings. I continue to ask for inspiration and clarity moving forward.
I miss my granddaughter. But I am happy connecting with those I love by phone or a video call. And I am thoroughly enjoying the extra time we get to spend with our youngest son who is sequestered at home with us.
Today I sit… hoping for inspiration for this Magic Happens article. It’s been two months since I last wrote and only a few days left before the deadline would make it three. I am usually a very inspired writer but right now, things feel different. The time we are in is different. The world’s modus operandi has shifted.
I feel like I am wrapped in a cocoon – a beautiful, quiet, peaceful cocoon – and when I emerge, things will be different. I will be different.
Some people reach out to others when they are going through times of transformation. I go inside. My inner world is a place that nurtures me, a place that fills my cup and brings me strength. This often translates in becoming an anchor for others. After all, in times of uncertainty, someone needs to keep their feet flat on the ground.
The earth is amazing that way. Staying connected with our earthly experience, our physical body and the natural world, has a magical way of feeding our souls. It helps us step out of the complexity that the modern world offers us every minute of every day. Complexity through choice, change, opportunity, process and perceived obligation…
Offering us the opportunity to step into a pure state of being.
Being present in the moment with what is, instead of spending all of our energy thinking about what is or isn’t, or what should or shouldn’t be. The simplicity of the moment holds more peace and fulfillment than all the complexity we’ve created, ironically in the hopes of finding those things that are here all along. We are just too busy to notice—if not in action, then in mind.
It’s in these contemplative moments when we find our connection to life, the connection with our spirit and our source. The quietness of our mind brings deeply personal insights that are somehow universal. It brings awareness that there is something bigger happening than what our conscious mind can really grasp. We discover a kind of divine intelligence that is the conductor of life… and that perhaps there are no coincidences. There is meaning and consciousness woven everywhere through everything.
Ask most people about strengthening their core and they will conjure images of push-ups, planks, and crunches. Those things are great for your physical body. But when a crisis hits, your strength runs deeper than body level. Emotional balance, mental clarity and resourcefulness, and spiritual connection combine to bring a deep sense of inner strength.
At the core of your inner strength, you’ll find acceptance of what is coupled with the ability to respond in a productive way. Look deeper and you will discover a deep knowing of yourself, self-trust, flexibility and tenacity where you need them, the ability to ask for help when needed, and most importantly, resilience.
Our core strength develops and grows through challenge. Uncomfortable, box-expanding, earth-shaking, life-changing growth. You have already had many challenges in your life, some greater than others, and all have helped form who you are.
During these times, it is good to remember not only that “this too shall pass,” but that you are in the midst of an experience that offers a profound opportunity for your own personal growth. Like it or not, you are strengthening your core!
Originally published in The Magic Happens May 2020 https://themagichappensnow.com/strengthening-your-core/