Hello you beautiful, precious souls.
How are you holding up?
Even the most steady and grounded of us is likely feeling a little nervous system dysregulation/activation with all of the uncertainty and the minute by minute changes of schedules & procedures due to COVID-19. I think about the many people in the world who have lived with this kind of stress and uncertainty daily due to war, poverty, ethnic or religion persecution (pre-coronavirus outbreak); never knowing what the next day will hold. It is a bit overwhelming to consider.
This prayer that a friend of mine shared on Facebook helps keep things in perspective for me and grounds me:
Prayer for a PandemicMay we who are merely inconvenienced Remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors Remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close Remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips Remember those that have no place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market Remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home Remember those who have no home. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen. Author Unknown
Hmmm - breathing that in. Feeling my feet. Feeling my humanness and the fragility of all of it. Feeling the suffering. Holding my own and others with compassion.
Feeling grateful that I have learned so many tools to help me come back to feeling grounded and settled, anchored in my body, breath, community and an energy far greater than me. Feeling sad that not everyone has the same resources. But
hoping that all of you have tools that help you settle and find a sense of safety! If you are struggling, I encourage you to come to a class to gain some resourcing tools (through movement, breath, & mindfulness) that can support you through this especially stressful time.
UPDATE ON CLASSES
As we know, this/anything could change at any time depending on what is happening in the world around us...
But at this point, as long as most businesses & organizations are open, I will continue to offer public classes at my studio. You are welcome here at my studio if you are healthy and committed to washing your hands. :) I have increased the emphasis on cleanliness here - disinfecting not just the mats, but all props that are used, after each class. I have also started disinfecting bathrooms, handrails and other surfaces before and after each class.
AND COMING NEXT WEEK...VIRTUAL CLASSES!
In the case of those who need or want to self-isolate, I am working toward having online/virtual class options (for those who have access to high-speed internet). I did my first test class this morning and it went well, so likely by Monday I will be ready to have an online/virtual option for all of my regular public class times. So if you have been thinking about adjusting your life to spend more time at home because of COVID-19, you will still be able to take your regular movement/yoga/mindfulness class(es) with me - and with others! No worries. :)
As soon as I have things set up and ready to go for online class options, I will send another email to let you know.
As far as other event cancellations, no firm decisions have been made. I am in discussion with co-organizers to decide in the next several days if any events will be cancelled. Hold tight - I will update you soon.
Now let's ground and settle together.
Take a deep breath.
Let it out with a sigh.
Feel your feet.
Feel the air on your skin.
Look at the sky or some trees or the daffodils that are about to burst.
Listen to the sounds around you - or your favorite song.
Talk to a good friend or one of the beloveds in your life.
Sending you lots of love.