We have all suffered through the fear and confusion brought by the coronavirus into our lives, and into the lives of our family and friends. As I think back on my own life over these last couple of years, though, I realize that as disruptive as the virus has been, I have also been provided with a window for experiencing new perceptions of who I truly am, warts and all.
A major guidepost for these inner discoveries has been the Healing Series written by Deborah Singleton. What those fourteen meditations have given me is focus for strengthening my inner calmness and peace, and an inner stability that is present, no matter what is happening. I find the energy and assurance that comes from using these meditations daily to be palpable. They guide me in accessing layers of expanded energy in my energy system that bring new perceptions about myself.
One awareness that has deepened is a new layer of understanding of how easily I can fall into the problems of other people’s situations and pain and add these to my own. Being able to open my heart, see my personal part, and learn from what is there to teach me continue to be my spiritual practice.
Over these many months with the energy of these meditations I use daily, I believe I have become able to free myself from more of my old stories that now feel burdensome; share more kindness with others, particularly ones with whom I disagree; and reach out to those who are suffering.
Sometimes, because the challenges we face as a world are so great, our efforts feel futile, but they aren’t. Each positive thought, feeling, and action helps the whole. That’s why I like to remember the starfish story that has been so widely told and retold over the years.
The story goes that one day an old fisherman was walking on a beach, noticing thousands of starfish that a storm had stranded on the sand, when he came upon a boy who was picking them up one at a time and tossing them back into the ocean. “Why are you doing that?” the old man asked. “Can’t you see how many there are? You can never toss enough back to make a difference.” The boy turned to the old man as he picked up another starfish and said, “But I can make a difference to this one.”
It feels to me that this is the time for all of us to do our small parts, by moving toward truly connecting with loving and appreciating ourselves, each other, and our planet Earth. As we do, we will continue to grow in our awareness of the beautiful Light of the universe, and the sacred relationship we all have with it. For me, Deborah’s meditations are inspired guides that keep me unerringly on the path.