June 16, 2020
The Key is Awareness
By Amba Gale
We have been shaken out of our slumber and woken up into a land of unfamiliarity. The “wake up wind” has been a tsunami in our house. Everything is erupting and life is radically changing, on a daily basis. We are in a time of a great transformation, on an individual level, a collective level, a planetary level. Life will never be the same as it was pre-pandemic. This is, indeed, a threshold crossing.
It is also a time of easily becoming reactivated, where our emotions swallow us up – anxiety, fear, grief, worry – where the emotions grip us. We become our body-mind, consumed by those automatic pressures that have overtaken us. And the more we resist them, the more they do not simply let us be.
This is a time, more than ever, to cultivate a discipline of Awareness, a practice in which we take ourselves in hand and make a shift in awareness from being our emotions, our thoughts, our prejudices, our opinions, our story, to watching it all, observing it, noticing it, “taking a step backwards” as one of my teachers from Ireland likes to say. In our meditative or reflection time each day, if we cultivate a practice of observing, we become aware of what our thoughts are, separating ourselves from them. I like the practice of allowing my awareness to follow my breath, and cultivate a deep appreciation for simply, following my breath. Or, if I am particularly emotional, I allow the emotion, vs resist the emotion. What is it? And I label it, and come back to my breath. And every time a thought starts to take me away with it, or an emotion engulfs me, as soon as I notice that, a come back to my breath. If you have not tried, this, I invite you to.
And, when I open my eyes in a space of awareness, I find that am free to think more clearly. And, I am free to stand for, once again, what is most meaningful to me. From my stand, actions naturally follow. I find that I can empower others. I find that I can cultivate kindness and generosity of spirit. I am connected. A stand taken from a freedom and sense of spaciousness, is not positional, is not righteous, it is a freedom to be and to reconnect with our own integrity of being.
What do you stand for?
Wake Up Wind
You awake one night,
wind howling in a haunting cry,
your gentle house,
shaking you out of my slumber,
as if to arouse me from my sleep,
as if to warn you
and the deep deadness
from a life of too much familiarity.