I have learned to surrender and celebrate what happens when I do it. I celebrate the results as they take me to unexpected places.
I am six weeks into the lockdown in Spain, and I feel strangely comforted by my patience. Why when we are subject to the severest restrictions I have ever encountered? The Coronavirus pandemic is sweeping its way across the world leaving Covid-19 patients in its wake. Many people are scared and even more people are either angry or fed-up. They are either buying into the alarmist response from the media or they simply do not like being told what to do. They have no patience.
Normally I am one of the latter people. My life has been littered with my rages against those trying to force me to do something I do not want to do. It has seemed sensible to be this way otherwise totalitarianism takes over and we lose our rights and freedoms. You can see this response every day in the USA at the moment. The right-wing Trump supporters hate being told that government, of any type, knows better than they do.
Yet right now I feel calm and happy with the way the Spanish government is exercising absolute control over how we should all react to the the spread of the virus. It is not that they are necessarily getting it all right, they are not. But they are being open and logical in their approach. They seem to be exercising compassion and understanding, as far as they are able to. They certainly have a handle on things and are now showing some hopeful and positive results.
But that is not why I feel calm about what is happening. The calmness is coming from within me and is about how I feel about life these days.
My life is developing a spiritual depth that it never had before. This is happening without me even making it happen. I have come to the realisation that life—my life as well as life in general—is about more than me and my concerns. This is such a shift from how it used to be. In my mind I was the most important person in my life, and I had to make sure that this continued to be.
Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”Roy Bennett. The Light in the Heart
The shift has created a situation where my life is actually unimportant, to me or anyone else. I love my life but I am now happy to let be part of the flow of life. This does not remove any agency from how I live my life, but it does subsume that into the general flow from Spirit.
I have learned to surrender and celebrate what happens when I do that. I celebrate the results as they take me to unexpected places. Where I am now is unexpected. My acceptance and calmness is unexpected. But I hope that my reaction contributes to the improvement in the general situation.
How does this improvement come about? Firstly I am not a burden or an interference in the fight to contain the virus and its consequent disease. Secondly by my energy of positive resignation contributing to the overall uplighting of the reaction to what is going on.
Whatever the situation I am using the time to do more writing, and that can only have a positive result.
So here’s to the future improvement in the current situation and to my calm acceptance of it.