Newly Recovered in the New Normal
By Toshia Humphries
In a time of suggested social distancing and isolation with heightened energies of fear and desperation, the potential for relapse may also be on the rise. However, if we shift our perspectives and trust in our newfound ways of coping, we can utilize this time to dive deeper into our recovery. In fact, this can be the spiritually transformative experience we (and the world) have needed.
Tune Out the News, Tune Into You
What are you feeling right now? Even if the answer to that question is an uncomfortable one, allow it to be. Let the feelings surface. Permit the experience, rather than doing the familiar and running from or attempting to numb it.
Meditate, Don’t Medicate
Lean into the experience by practicing deep breathing and meditation. Go inward by choosing a comfortable spot to sit or lie back, closing your eyes and taking deep breaths into your stomach. With each breath, allow your body to relax. As you notice your thoughts racing to other things, simply gently bring yourself back to your breath. Inhale. Exhale. Do this meditative breathing exercise for at least ten minutes.
Hold Space, Not Debates
This is not the time to be feeding the fears or engaging in the chaotic energies running rampant. Debates on social media may provide distraction, but they will rob you of serenity. Instead, allow this time to be an opportunity to unplug from social media and the news and hold space for the world. Allow yourself this time to reconnect with family, nature, your inner child, your imagination, creativity, your dreams, and passions. Let this be a time of reflection and real recovery.
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