Hi my friends and family,
How are you doing? I know it is hard right now with the frenzy of the media and the uncertainty about coronavirus. I have been feeling anxious and worrisome as well. But then I return to my breath and carve some time to go inward. My spiritual path is called Eckankar, and it’s the Path of Spiritual Freedom and I grew up in Eckankar and though I respect a lot of other paths and religions this is the one that has made the most sense to me. In Eckankar, we make time for ourselves to go within, similar to prayer and meditation and can practice spiritual exercises. It usually takes about 5-20 minutes to sing or chant outloud or inwardly, a spiritually charged word that helps you to balance yourself and contemplate on something like an image of a beach or a loved one or you can send love out to the world. That’s what I do when I sing the word, Hu; it’s pronounced hue. It’s an ancient name for God, Holy Spirit, the Divine, or whatever you believe in. I sing Hu to calm my anxious mind and think about my teachers who have guided me along in my life, and my friends and family, and send loving thoughts to the world. This helps me to focus on the present moment and my goal of giving service to others by being kind and loving. I know each day will be different, and some more challenging than the next, but this helps center me and remind me what this life is all about. It is about learning, and giving and receiving love, and helping God in ways that we can. That is what I believe and it helps me to have meaning and keep trekking each day. What practices do you have to help you in these times? I hope you can do them and find some calm and awareness to help us rise above the fear so we can be compassionate and empathic and keep moving forward!
PS here comes spring and cherry blossoms! This pic is from Washington D.C. I do love this time of year and cherry blossoms remind me of the wonder of life, how they can get through the cold winter and blossom and then continue on the journey, and so can we!
Lots of love, Anna