The hoarding rush is over, the adrenaline surge is wearing off, and the tsunami of Covid-19 is making its way onshore. Some places more rapidly than others. I reported yesterday a lighter version of this flu, and am hopeful that will be all I know personally. But, of course, I have no clue. A very sick friend reminds me that this is nothing to mess with. Another is stricken with anxiety, and at odds with a partner who not only doesn’t understand or support her suffering, but makes her feel a bit crazy. My monthly meditation group met (via telecom) today and we were reminded of self care, for our own sake, and others’ too. These are incredibly difficult times, physically, emotionally, spiritually.

Fear is the devil as far as I am concerned. I actually believe this,( in case you’re wondering.) I don’t see a guy with horns, I see a concept that undermines everything good, pits people against each other, withdraws us, makes us selfish, distrusting, and the worst versions of ourselves.

The antidote: Faith. Love. Now is time to make practicing these things a discipline. Feed them, in whatever manner you choose. Just be consistent. I know I have been totally guilty of “talking about water” a lot lately, rather than actually drinking it. (Talking doesn’t keep you hydrated.) Whatever your meditation is, be sure you do it. Feed your faith, practice feeling peace, do the things you do to feel at ease. And be mindful of what you put out there, and what you take in. You can’t control Corona, but you can control how you respond to it- physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Today, I offer you the following inspirations, good people putting good stuff out there to feed your spirit. Music, poetry, art, humor and online church. There’s a buffet of ways to become observant: now, drink it up!

Make this Sunday sacred. The way things have been going, it is likely to be a wild week ahead. Reflect, restore, rejuvenate, so you can be your best version of your self. The world needs you to be right now.

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And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

~ by Kitty O’Meara

Worship on the Screen”, Community Church style; as always, inspiring, and as always, good at being a little different (40 mins of music, message & prayer)

Episcopalians have the edge on social distancing . We’ve been doing it for generations
( by Jay Sidebotham)

Elly Belly; isolation becomes you! Checkout my dear musician friend,/ uke teacher/ coach of all trades, Elliott Delman, (http://www.delmanmusic.com) Feelin’ the Love!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Lisa W

    Cute pic :), lovely sentiments. And we agree that fear is evil. “Fear not, for I am with thee. Do not be dismayed, for I am your god. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you in my righteous right hand”. Gotta LOVE those words. Said them during exams in college. And still say them today. Hope health is improving at the Jannotta household. Much love your way xoxo……

  2. Jean

    Dear Elinor, thank you for another excellent post. 😘

  3. Jen Pen

    Loved the service online.
    Birds they are a singin’!
    Continued hugs and prayers!

  4. ciara

    Wonderful post Elinor. Thank you! I hope you and your son are feeling better:)

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