These are undoubtedly challenging times on every level, global, national, and personal. We are all making changes in our daily lives. Our world is shifting in dramatic and sometimes alarming ways. We need courage and resilience.
We need to hold together, even if we can’t physically be together, and, importantly, hold ourselves together. Strong, courageous and resilient.
And who knew that the great simple advice from our mothers, others and teachers to wash our hands, might ultimately prove life-saving?
Day 3: Love can be tough and demanding; it demands resilience and courage.
Practice: Imagine a time when you are finding the behaviour of another challenging, and consider how that experience would be different if you thought of that person or situation in a loving way.
This doesn’t mean condoning bad behaviour, but valuing and accepting the person for who they are whilst courageously being open towards them about their behaviour and its effects.
The important things are to be flexible. Avoid blame and shame. Be compassionate and thoughtful, and mindful of those less robust than ourselves.
It’s easy to love people when they are behaving in ways we regard as ‘good’ and ‘well’. It’s not so simple to love people when they are not conforming to our ideas of ‘good’ behaviour.
We need to stay in calm and resourceful states to the greatest extent possible. (Check my Resourceful State site for support with this.)