3 Ways to Move Toward Greater Personal Resilience
If you’re anything like me, life right now can sometimes feel a bit out of control.
On a typical day, I get up and go until I’m exhausted. For example, I’m painting my house. While managing the health care for two elders in my family, both of whom require copious numbers of regular check ins, extra driving, and increasing levels of assistance. Just about 9 months ago, I shared with you a piece from my blog on crow wisdom and the need to persevere. I didn’t know at that time what the the future we’re living now would bring.
Ours is no little task. But Crow reminds us that we are resourceful. We will overcome.
Yet, to return from the emptiness of disappointment and disillusionment, to strengthen our ability to persevere, we will need every ounce of our resilience.
Resilience is the ability to return to the way you functioned before a crisis state, which is difficult to do if you don’t take care of yourself. It’s your ability to bounce back, time and again, as you persevere: to accept, to excel, to overcome.
If we lack resilience within our beings, holistically, it will be hard to hold our intention in the waning light of difficult days. Actively working to build my resilience has helped me gain increasing levels of clarity about what is needed right now to assist us with dealing with the chaos.
1. We need connection, even in the face of isolation.
In ancient Hermetic doctrine, much emphasis was placed on the “as above, so below,” mysteries. In other words, star-gazing and planetary orbits were less a hobby and more a window onto the world. When we connect with the harmonic order of the universe, and the stories which reveal deep truths about human nature, we can receive that sense of connection we crave and the guidance we need to increase our resilience in these trying times.
2. We need to trust in the natural order of things.
We can see the sun and trust that it’s day. We see the moon, and trust that nightfall approaches. If we forget how to trust, returning to the cycles in nature that we can see and experience is a good place to begin. Dangling our feet in a running mountain stream, or strolling along a less travelled path offer respite to weary spirits. One mother of a teenager builds a small fire in the pit after dark so she and her son can stare into the flames. No matter what we choose, engagement with nature as a living being supports us. What are the elements of nature that you actively engage in order to increase resilience? I find that working with the Elemental Forces of Nature Oracle Cards are a great tool for shifting perspectives in trying times.
3. We need one another to help deal with the difficulties of this day.
Whether by phone or zoom or limited in-person, socially distanced contact, we must start where we are. Our personal relationships and connections, our ability to help one another are key. We are reminded to take care of ourselves, eat properly, boost our immune systems, spend time in our gardens, reach out to others, get a good night’s sleep, and to cultivate greater quality of life.
Where do you want to begin?