When there are many difficulties in the world and the normal routine of life is disturbed by them, it creates certain stress in the mind. And, with the current situation with fires, plagues, and political strife of an unknown unexperienced previous nature, there is tension in the air and little things become big. Sometimes situations that you could easily handle become very stressful. And you find when you calm yourself to meditate, there is certainly stress within from the stress and strain of the time and the lack of social interaction and opportunities to express yourself in the world.
This is the situation that all are facing right now, and depending upon your circumstances it may be better or worse. Surely, everyone around you is having problems or tensions to one degree or another due to this external upheaval and difficulty. In times like these, it is important to take regular breaks from your work, computers, and from your activities in life to simply calm your nervous system.
Do your sadhana, let your nerves relax - this combined with physical exercise to the best of your capacity given the circumstance. Get out into nature if you can but even walking around your house or block is fine, just get some exercise every day.
Also, two, three, four times a day take 5 to 20, 30 minutes to just calm your nervous system, to get away from technology, do a few stretches, and then sit, breathe, connect with your Divine Source and let yourself move into alignment and harmony with that universal source. Because, when you do this you will find the strength, the solidity, the healing that is not represented in your external circumstances at the moment.
External circumstances come and go and patience is needed when you go through difficult times. There have been very difficult times in the world so you are not alone in this experience. There are those who survive. They make it through the most difficult times because they find inside of themselves a resilience, a place where they can nurture their own being and find their solid ground.
When you do sadhana, when you calm your breathing, when you bring divine grace and love into your psyche, into your energy field, then you bring in healing from the deeper source than these external circumstances. External circumstances are variable but that inner base of your being, that is a resource that is sustainable, that doesn't change with the passage of time or the circumstances outside.
Get away from those things that you are doing and the worries of your life and just drop into that divinity within you. Let that love permeate you. Let that grace be around you. And that will make a difference. You will notice that you begin to be more solid, more able to weather the difficulties of life. And when you hear one more bad news it is less likely to distress you and you are more likely to find your peace and your harmony, and more likely to be able to deal with external circumstances with a more even hand and to maintain your own emotional well-being.
So, the exercise is, do a little socialization as you can do safely, and the meditation practice three, four times a day of deep attunement. This will help you to weather these times. Phone calls to friends, your zoom conferences, whatever it is that you feel more comfortable, but don't forget these times of silence and of physical activities. Those two are very important to your psycho-physical balance
Maetreyii Ma: a teacher of yogic wisdom & practices