Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Heaven's Gait

Years ago when I started keeping a journal, I promised myself I would write in it every day, even if it were just a few words, a few sentences, or to copy something I found useful and wanted to remember. These words by Dave Hollis are a big part of today’s entry:
          In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.

I’m not sure about anyone else, but for me, the first days of social and physical distancing, and of staying home were agonizingly long. After adopting a schedule, however, I found that time was moving more quickly. Or perhaps it seemed that way because I needed to see some time behind me before I could begin looking ahead.

In any event, I felt fortunate when I realized that many of the things I love to do when things are “normal” - things like reading, writing, and meditating - are also things I could continue to do while being confined indoors.

In the past, I have occasionally written posts about the Insight Timer App on my phone. While listening to some of the guided meditations on this app (many of which are now offering advice on how to cope with COVID-19), it is often suggested that I "close my eyes and follow my breath.” 

Sometimes as I concentrate on the rise and fall of my breath, I imagine myself lying in a boat and looking up at the stars while feeling the gentle rocking of the water beneath me.  It is, I believe, the closest I’ve felt to being in heaven.   

And speaking of heaven, one of the things I’ve found myself longing to return to is work. And, although I don’t know, I sense I’m not the only one who is surprised by how much I have undervalued (and I am not speaking monetarily) having and doing a job.

Stay well, Everyone.

Dear Elvis, my story about love and loss, is available at


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