We stand here, in the pause between the world that was and the world that is yet to be. We are still experiencing the cataclysm of this pandemic, and most of us know that everything has changed. The way we learn, communicate, pray with each other, eat, celebrate, and mourn – everything is and will be different from now on.
In this midst of this – knowing that this is far from over – it is a good time pause within the pause and to reflect on what has changed so far for you.
I was pleasantly surprised last night when I asked my Hineni community this question:
What is the one thing you are secretly pleased that you don’t have to do now?*
Every person had an immediate answer. Some said that even while they miss many things in our “old lives”, they could so easily see the benefits of this slow-downed, more solitary time.
We know that this virus will continue to unfold in communities across this world. There will surely be a communal reckoning as we mourn the souls that have gone from this earth.
Questions For Reflection In This Pause
In this pause, between what was and what is yet created, here are some questions to reflect on:
- What have you learned about yourself during this time? Have you discovered strengths you didn’t know you possessed?
- What have you let go of? What have you picked up?
- Who have you become closer to?
I’ll respond with just a few discoveries of my own.
During this time I have learned how much I love the stillness when things are quieted down. I have remembered the treasure trove of texts and stories that I’ve collected over the years that are meant for this moment.
It has been wonderful to develop new relationships with our neighbors and we have planted our front garden together. Most importantly, I have let go of the need to make things complicated and instead, found that simpler is better.
I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these questions.
I hope you are healthy. Sending many blessings –
* Thanks to Beth Kanter for this question
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