A Sure and Steady Anchor in the Fury of the Storm

Byron Ballard says this better than I will, but now — right now in the midst of chaos, and confusion, and one of the scariest times in recent history — now is the time when a regular spiritual practice is most important. Our first instinct may be to ditch the practice of lighting a candle and meditating, the daily yoga session, the pouring of libations to the land spirits and ancestors. After all, there’s so much to do! And as upset as I feel some mornings, the idea of trying to ground and center, calm my monkey mind, and listen to the land just seems too difficult.

But that’s exactly when I need it the most.

If you don’t have a daily spiritual practice, I encourage you to start one. It can be simple — lighting a candle, remembering who you are, taking some deep breaths. It can be complicated — an hour of intense yoga. What’s important is for it to be regular. We get up every morning and brush our teeth without thinking about it. We don’t think, “Maybe I’m too rushed and upset today to brush my teeth. I’ll see if I feel better later.” We just brush our teeth.

One of the benefits of regular good practices — whether they’re spiritual practices, the practice of keeping an orderly home, the practice of managing your finances and resources responsibly, the practice of finding time for joy — is that you build up a basis for times when things are rough. Even when you do get thrown off course, it’s easier to get back into the practice if you’re returning to a strong foundation each time.

I hope you can find some time today to journal, take a mindful walk, sit and meditate, be in nature.

Picture found here: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/storms/safe-from-lightning-if-not-thundering.htm

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