These are troubling times indeed for many, both personally and globally. In the good times, it is easy to be positive and feel spiritual, but how do you cope when life seems bleak and endlessly challenging? These are the times that all of our study and spiritual practice should kick in. But it isn’t always an automatic response. Fear can take over and color our outlook on life.
The Guides, (through Ron Scolastico) say: “You are an eternal soul. Nothing can damage your being.” If you can truly grasp the magnitude of that simple statement, it can return your focus to the larger truth of you. You are an eternal soul. All of the qualities of you as a soul are forever. Everything else is temporary. That means that the kindness, compassion and love that you share with those around you, the generosity, courage, faith, joy….all of those qualities are what you take with you through the door of death. Everything else is left behind.
You can leave fear and dread behind now and focus on those ideals that are eternal. If you can find joy and gratitude for the smallest of moments, small communications, the seemingly mundane events, that will carry you through the hard times and build a strong inner foundation that will support you through the shifting winds of earth life. You will live your life from a strong core of strength, sustained by your soul, that can never be diminished.
One of the most simple, yet often forgotten tools for relief from emotional pain and fear, given to us by our creator, is our physical body. That is why the sages have taught us to focus on our breathing. That is one of the reasons for touching your fingers together while meditating. You can use your mind and your will to focus intently on what you are doing physically—if you are typing at your computer, notice the pads of your fingers on the keys. If you are walking, feel your feet on the ground and the air on your face. Become fascinated with the beat of your heart. It will help keep your mind from wandering off to troubling fear thoughts about events that you can do nothing about in the moment. And again, you can return to the truth and say to yourself: “I am an eternal soul. Nothing can damage my being.”
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