We are living in very interesting times. Confronted by things not seen before in our lifetime, both on a microscopic scale, like a new virus, or a macro scale, like the threatening breakdown of the global supply chain. And while we do not have control over either polarity, we are not helpless. We do have choices within these events.
The course of this situation will go as it goes. Certainly, we cannot control the outcomes, either personal or collective. Yet, we can decide how we live within these circumstances.
Will we care for ourselves and others?
Will we make responsible choices, taking time to discern how our actions impact others?
Can we be gracious to our neighbors who are also in the midst of this situation?
Can we choose patience, compassion, kindness, tolerance and equanimity?
To choose the alternative can only bring an experience of frustration, competition, isolation, scarcity and entrenchment. If we look at others with suspicion and disregard their needs, we barricade ourselves into the survivalist mentality of “us against them”. Just as Pontius Pilate washed his hands of his moral responsibility, this is a position where fear takes the upper hand and we abdicate our responsibility to one another.
If you believe, as I do, that life is a spiritual journey taken in human form, then how do we walk through this time holding the tension between our humanity and our soul? Fear is a natural part of our experience as mortal human beings. Altruism is a natural part of our experience as souls. By holding the potential inherent in these two positions, we can invoke and invite a third way... a creative way.
"Can the act of washing our hands become not just self preservation, but an act of service to those around us?"
Imagine what could arise from this experience for us! Certainly there will be sorrow and there will be suffering. That will happen regardless. But, can we imagine the possibilities of global unity and cooperation? Might we take our newly realized interconnectedness and envision a network of community support and kindness organized to reduce and relieve suffering? Might we understand that we are all vulnerable and build a unified field of compassion for one another? Can the act of washing our hands become not just self preservation, but an act of service to those around us? Perhaps, instead of helplessness, we can ask ourselves, “What can I do to contribute to this situation in a positive way?”
Then, along with the suffering of humanity, we will also have the experience of soul. This is a response that goes beyond survival to embrace living. This is an outcome we actually have the power to create in the days ahead, one mindful choice at a time. May it be so for you, for me and for all.