Connecting through the distance.

In the last 10 days, we’ve had some changes. All of us. What a fascinating experience. We’re told to keep our distance so I invite you to connect. We’re all in this together. Let’s support each other and realize how we can be friendly toward each other.

My heart goes out to all those who are suffering. To those who are unwell, affected either by the virus or any other illness, may you recover into greater strength and find peace in the process.

To the caregivers, the responders and the medical workers, thank you for your attention and compassionate service. May you feel the community’s gratitude and may it invigorate you.

To those who are worried, may you remember to nourish your body and calm your mind so your resources are full. Reach out to friends and loved ones for support and laughter. Experience your surroundings with curiosity and interest. Notice something new. Feel your body supported by the ground and become aware of your breath. Let it deepen and lengthen and feel the difference. Now is the time to maintain your personal self-care practices and consider seeking assistance to further develop them. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, please reach out.

I love to remind myself that my personal practices are not intended to keep me well during easy times. They do, but they’re intended to go beyond. My practices are what prepare me for life’s challenges. These, I’ve lived long enough to know, are as predictable as weather. My practice reduces their impact.

To those who don’t know what to feel, may these events inspire you to look within. The whole world is experiencing a shift due to the changes of the last few days and weeks. A universal experience like this is a gift. It reminds us that change is absolutely persistent. Not a moment goes by that doesn’t change us. We simply forget to realize it.

A wonderful practice for realizing the constancy and necessity of change is to watch your breath. It comes and goes. It changes you, moment to moment. It moves you through life and moves life through you. Every movement of life around us is important and precious.

If you’re interested in learning to observe your breath in a gentle movement practice, please join me for online classes. Send me a note and I’ll send you an invitation. We’ll meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm, California time.

For those of you in Europe, you may be interested in joining me this Saturday, March 21 from 10am to 12:30pm for an online workshop to honor spring and build personal energy. Please let me know!

To all of us, may we all be well. May we all support each other. May we see the finest in each other and share our love unconditionally. May we connect over the distance.

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