The Big Shake
The world is shaking right now. And it’s a BIG SHAKE. As uncomfortable as this is, it’s an opportunity to make a quantum leap in consciousness by awakening to that in us which cannot be shaken. This aspect of us is often referred to as the ground of being. It’s the deeper essence of who we are that is ever calm, still, peaceful and undisturbed. If we’ve already discovered this ground, this is an opportunity to grow deeper roots, to become more established in the ground of our being. Like a mighty white oak tree whose deep roots keep it anchored to withstand winds and storms, we can become so rooted in our deeper being that we are able to move through times of challenge with less disturbance, greater equanimity. Once we’ve become more connected to the ground of our being, we are not only better able to weather storms, we also recover much more quickly from the situations and reactions that occur.
In each of us there is this ever-present reality, this ground of being that is always undisturbed. Unlike the turbulent, ever-changing world, this ground is unchanging and stable. When we return to this ground, we begin to move into resonance with this frequency of stillness. In my experience, there is nothing more calming than this.
The surface or form level of experience – body, mind, emotions, experience, world – is always changing and by its nature, unstable. If we can connect with the constancy of the stillness of our being, we can be less disturbed by what is unfolding on the surface. It’s very much like an ocean: waves on the surface but an undisturbed foundation deeper down.
There are many ways to touch this ground. You can begin by taking your attention from the surface, from fearful thoughts or news reports for a moment. That is the beginning of moving deeper. Then use the body to help you go deeper by bringing your attention into your feet. You are getting more rooted. Then pause thoughts and actions for a moment. In that pause you can touch the stillness of your being, the deepest part of you.
The other important point to note is that this is a time that demands we be very conscious about our choices in each moment, especially where we place our attention. If we focus on fearful thoughts, scary what-if scenarios, or put too much attention on news reports, we begin to enter the “Big Shake”. We start shaking with the shaky world. However, if we choose to focus on what calms us, to come back to the ground, we can step outside of the fear and tune into the peace that is always present in the deep.
What are you feeding now: fear or calm? Are you focusing on the surface turbulence, or are you touching the stable ground in you that is calm, undisturbed, still and silent? It’s your choice. Choose wisely. The world needs us to hold steady, to be the stable ground under the chaos.
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