Today's meditation will help you deal with how the Coronavirus is impacting your work in a calm and centered manner.
You’re feeling the economic impact.
Maybe you’ve been told to work from home.
Maybe your kids are home from school and the way you work is forced to change.
Perhaps your industry is on a complete lock down.
Maybe sales have dried up.
Perhaps your travel, your events, or all your professional plans have come to a halt.
Maybe your work has gone into hyperdrive and you're figuring out how to keep up with it all.
Things are changing so fast and the future is unknown.
So the intention of today’s meditation is to help you find calm inside the whirlwind of change happening around you. So you can let go of the fear and the anxiety caused by the Coronavirus and deal with what is with a clear and connected mind and heart.
So Let’s Begin…
When the Coronavirus is Impacting Your Work Meditation Script
Go ahead and get into a comfortable position, close your eyes and take a deep, cleansing breath in, filling your belly all the way with air,
And breathe it all out.
Notice your heart beating inside your chest. Take a moment to focus in on it and find its rhythm.
Notice how fast it’s beating.
And notice that the rhythm of your breath naturally wants to help you slow it down.
There is so much unknown for you right now.
So much seems to be in chaos around you.
And your normal cadence of life is changing.
But you are resilient.
And can adapt to anything.
And the way to do that is to take one tiny moment at a time.
One decision at a time.
One day at a time.
So take a moment to think about all the what if’s, all of the unknowns, all of the worries and fears.
See them come up in your mind like scenes on a movie screen, each one flashing for a second and then fading out.
Flashing and fading out.
As you watch the movie of scenes depicting the unknown, notice yourself in the audience. An observer of all these scenes.
Separate from the movie screen.
Separate from the scenes.
This you, the observer, is the one ultimately in charge of what is playing on the movie screen.
And while you may not have any control over all the events happening around you, you can control what you’re looking at in front of you.
So take a deep breath in, filling your belly and feeling the oxygen lighten your body,
And exhale all the way out.
Take a moment to think about the facts of your situation right now.
Watch these facts as they become images on your movie screen.
If any thoughts or emotions come up as a result, like fear or stress or frustration, just notice the emotion, and let it go as you breath out.
Continue to see the facts of your situation in front of you on the movie screen.
When your scene is complete, and you’ve breathed out all the emotion that came up, watch yourself as the observer, closing your eyes in peace, and hear yourself silently say,
I accept what is.
Feel the calm wash over you as you hear those words.
I accept what is.
I accept what is.
And with this sense of calm, look up again at your movie screen. At the facts of your situation visible in front of you and ask yourself, how do I want to show up for this? How can I approach this with love, compassion and trust? What solutions or ideas might I discover inside this place of calmness?
And simply be with these questions for a few minutes.
Bring your attention back to your breathing,
Feeling the cool air on your nose as you breathe in,
And the warm air on your nose as you breathe out.
This is the space of possibility. This calming, grounded space is where you can make decisions that are best for you and your family.
And this is where you will connect with the strength inside of you to calmly deal with the facts in front of you.
The Story Behind the Meditation
I'm here with you. In the mix of the daily changes and disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. I find myself shifting from "everything's going to be okay," to "omg, go stock up on canned food!" to "take one day at a time." I'm sure you're doing the same. My 4 year old and 1 year old are home with us full time now. And in my particular case, work hasn't stopped…it's ramped up big time. There's more work for me to do now, more light to spread, more meditations to get out to you and a world of people out there who really need them right now.
I've gone from producing one meditation each week on the podcast to two.
I've shown up to do daily meditations on my Instagram (http://instagram.com/womens.meditation.network…come join me!).
I've been creating an entirely new website at http://CoronavirusMeditations.com so I can be a resource for anyone looking for guided meditations at this time (there are guided meditations there from myself and many other incredible people I know!).
The fears of all the what if's start piling up…what if my money dries up? What if I can't pay my bills? What if my business goes under? What if I can't find the time to do the work I need to do because I want to be with my girls? What if my parents or my in-laws get sick?
I do my best to recognize them…and then kindly tell them to shut the hell up and get out of my head. ;). That today is not the day they get to rule my life. I breathe in a deep sense of knowing…trusting I will be okay. Trusting my family will be okay. Trusting my community will be okay. Trusting you will be okay. Trusting we will all be okay. Even amongst the chaos and uncertainty.
I count my blessings. I sit in gratitude for everything I do have. And I surrender to the fact that so much is out of my control and am willing to sit in the uncertainty.
(that last one is particularly challenging!)
The way we all work has changed. Will continue to change. And I hope that this meditation helps you move through all the fear, uncertainty and discomfort of that change and gets you into a place where you can listen. And possibly even discover something new. A new way of working. A new type of work. A new way to see work. A new way to give your gifts to the world.
Whatever it is you discover, I send you all my love right now. We're all in this together and the more light we can shine, the better.