Grounded Spirituality in the Midst of Chaos

We are collectively in the midst of a wild storm of unpredictable upheaval,
destruction, and change. A lot of us are being challenged to our core by the
events in the world. At times it can feel so overwhelming that it is difficult to
find a sense of ground to stand on.

Many times in the past year the wild winds of the world have whipped up a
lot of challenges and emotions for me. I have been grateful that I can
always look to my spirituality to ground me and to guide me through the
storms. I want to share some of the ways spirituality has helped me through
the intensity of the pandemic and sociopolitical upheaval in the hopes that
this could help you too.

-Daily spiritual practice: I have personally engaged in a practice of daily
meditation and prayer. Your spiritual practice can look different:
dancing, walking in nature, mindfully eating good food, drawing, writing, or
musically playing what your soul feels that day etc. The key is to practice something that engages you with your soul and with spirit daily so that your nervous system is soothed and you have a break from the intensity of the world. The more we spiritually connect the easier it is to
find our way back into nervous system regulation where we find love and
peace.

-Online spiritual community: I am so grateful to be part of an online
biweekly sangha (a spiritual community). Each week my teacher
gives a satsang (spiritual discourse) and a meditation which help me to
come back to my Self. When I get caught up in the various human difficulties that we all have, this spiritual community brings my head and heart back into
alignment. It is also a good way to connect to other spiritual explorers and
support each other on our paths. There are many online sanghas or
spiritual groups that one can join. You might have a local online spiritual
group, or you can look up teachers of your particular spiritual persuasions
and see if they do regular online meetings.

-Spiritual reading/contemplation: We can get so caught up in reading the
news, which pumps us so full of adrenaline and excitement that we forget
the deeper spiritual wisdom that brings us back to our peaceful and loving
essence. Keeping a daily prayer book or some other type of book of
spiritual wisdom close can remind us daily of the truth of our being and our
deeper values.

-Surrender: Sometimes all we can do is surrender to the intensity of our
emotions in the present moment. We have to scream, cry, sob, grieve and
otherwise express how hard it is to be a human right now. Spiritual people
tend to think that they shouldn’t have these “negative” emotions, but it would honestly be more strange to not feel some deep, challenging
emotions in these times. It is not a sign of weakness, but actually of
strength when we can ride all the waves of emotions and realize that we
can live through any pain. And when we allow ourselves to feel deeply we
are most alive, most in touch with our souls. This is when we crack open for
spirit to shine into us. Our hearts break open to love.

-Gratitude for the small things: Recognizing the small things that are going
well in our lives even when the outer world looks scary. Giving thanks to
the universe/to the divine/to God/higher power is a way to return to our
hearts and love what is in our present moment.

-Focusing on helping others: Reaching out to others who might be lonely or
have some particular need. This can take the focus off of your own worries
and open your heart to others. Another idea is to donate to causes that are
important to you. There is so much pain and need in the world right now.
Spirituality is not just for us; I believe the more that we develop spirituality, the more responsibility we have to in some way shine our healing light in the world.