It goes without saying that 2020 has sparked fear, uncertainty and turbulence globally. Bernadette Petrie explains we may feel ‘over COVID’, but in real terms we have to accept things are the way they are – meaning, they are not the way they were. And with this acceptance, comes the way forward..

When I tune into the energy coming from the media and social conditioning, I find my head spinning and my inner child going into panic mode. My inner critic tells me; we’re doomed, it’s an economic disaster, a social disaster, the dark forces are winning On these days I feel very heady and overwhelmed. It’s a nudge to tune more deeply inwards. Eventually, I’ll take a few belly breaths and connect once more to a different energy, a remembrance of what I know – we are all spiritual beings on a human journey, it’s all going to be okay.

If you’re feeling heady and uncertain, try this. Take a few moments, make sure you’re aware of all parts of your body. Relax your shoulders, relax your hands and feel the ground with your feet. Take ten, slow gentle belly breaths. You will have thoughts which come and go. Don’t judge them, just observe them. Consider this; if you are able to observe your thoughts, this means you are not your thoughts. You are ‘the witness’ to the thoughts your mind is revealing to you. Thoughts which are all part of the collective energy you are absorbing. Tuning into the news or social media overly, or ‘borrowing sorrow from tomorrow’ takes us into a false reality. 

To put things into the bigger perspective, we have never been in control of our exterior environment, our very existence is a miracle. As you sit and read this you are on a planet rotating on its axis, hurtling us through space at nearly 1700km a hour, and it has been doing so for a long, long time! Yet we have no sense of this and the reason you are not freaking out about it, is because your inner wisdom knows it’s all okay. Our egoic mind focuses on unhelpful worrying thoughts, about far less risky things, and this steals our joy.

But, we can take action and love and cherish the parts of us that are clinging onto and overly identifying with these limiting thoughts. This autumn on planet earth (the one that’s spinning like crazy!) the trees will once again let go of their leaves in preparation for the new. We can mirror this pattern and let the thoughts which don’t serve us, fall away and make ready for what is to blossom next year. As we move forward into winter nights, let’s take those breaths more frequently, let’s practice saying ‘hello’ to our Divine mind, the one that has universal perspective, instead of overly hanging out with the egoic mind, the one that has the limited world view. Why follow a guide who can’t see the best route through the adventure ahead?

Choosing to accept that we have no real idea of what’s going to happen over the next few months and to be okay with the not knowing, is acceptance in motion. In the process we tap into the wiser part of us that sees a more beautiful world right now.

The Barefoot Sanctuary relaunches in October please contact Bernadette for upcoming Barefoot Experiences (groups and 1:1): bernadette@thebarefootsanctuary.co.uk
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