Okay, so it’s not the kind of springtime we’re all used to.  April has arrived but not in the manner we anticipated.

I think it might be an understatement to say that we are currently living in some funky times.  Certainly we’re living in ways we never anticipated.  We’re in the midst of a global pandemic and we’re predominantly housebound.  

DaffLiving through a pandemic of this nature can be scary.  There are precautions we can, and should be taking.  We should all be self-quarantining, practicing social-distancing, washing our hands frequently.  We should be limiting our contact with “the outside world” by going to the store as seldom as possible.  We should even be wiping packages and such containing our food or products we bought online.  If we’re vigilant and use common sense, we should be okay.

A lot of folks these days are having issues being at home so much.  

Generally, most people spend a good deal of their time away from home.  They go to jobs, travel back and forth, go out to lunch or dinner, to a bar, go see a movie, meet with friends or visit family, go shopping and run errands.  We’re all usually away from home a lot.

But not now.  With this pandemic, most of us are home most, if not all of the time.  Some folks are still going to work each day, but many are now working from home.  Some folks aren’t even able to work at all right now.  They’re just home.  And we’re not going out to restaurants and bars, or hanging out with friends.  We’re home.  

During times like these, despite the fact that it’s springtime, it’s easy for our spirits to drop, for our moods to darken.  We can grow bored and frustrated.  We can become impatient and angry.  

So what can we do to counteract the gloom of being housebound?  There are plenty of things we can do!

We can catch up on our favorite shows or watch movies.  Start to getting caught up with our reading list.  We can even take advantage of the situation and do some over-due cleaning or DIY home improvement projects, giving a whole new meaning to Spring Cleaning.

Go online and catch-up with friends.  Do some video chatting and such.  It’s so easy to connect with people anymore.  Take advantage of that.

You can even do some yoga with our very own John Michael Thornton on our YouTube page (I know John’s posting a link to it in this newsletter somewhere).

crocusSince the weather is improving, you can go for walks… not forgetting social distancing, of course.  Weather permitting, get out of the house and experience nature.  Look at all the beautiful flowers popping up everywhere.  Appreciate how wonderful Springtime can be.

But above all, let Spring blossom inside of you.  Don’t let yourself fall prey to the easy-to-fall-into trap of fear and anxiety.  Look to the horizon or, if you prefer, on the bright side.  This shall pass and we will all be able to resume a more normal life soon.  Be optimistic.  Be hopeful.  Spring is all about Hope.  So let’s live that.  Let Hope spring forth!

Let the Springtime be inside you and share it with everyone you can, in whatever way you can.  Let new the beauty grow within you.  

We’ll see you soon!  

Most Fridays I teach a chair yoga class at the Hubbard Senior Center. Since I can't teach there right now I thought I'd share the class right here with you.

 

This gentle chair based Aerobics, Strength & Flexibility practice is perfect for those who have difficulties with balance, mobility, or getting up and down off the floor. All you need is comfortable clothing, a sturdy chair, water, and a pair of comfortable shoes.

 

This gentle chair based Aerobics, Strength & Flexibility practice is perfect for those who have difficulties with balance, mobility, or getting up and down off the floor.

 

In the last newsletter, we began discussing how none of are ever truly alone in this life.  Though we may not see them or share a pizza with them, our spirit guides are always with us.

Spirit Guides are like the ultimate best friends.  They are here to support us; holding our hands when necessary and egging us on when we need it.  Even guiding and teaching us along the way.  And they love us unconditionally.  

If you don’t speak to your guides for long periods of time, they aren’t offended or hold a grudge.  They are always happy to interact with us and to be there for us when we ask.

But as with a good friend, we must build and foster our relationships with our spirit guides.  This is much easier than most people think.  All it takes is two simple things:  respect and communication.  While they are on the ethereal plane, it’s all the same.  It’s no different than dealing with a person sitting in the same room.  Respect them and communicate with them.

Talk to them.  Tell them what’s going on with you and how you feel about things.  It’s okay and it’s safe; they don’t ever share your secrets.  And always show them respect.  Appreciate them just as you want to be appreciated.  

I always tell them how much I appreciate them being here for me all the time and how grateful I am for their love and their teachings.

Just remember that communication’s the key.  If we need assistance or guidance, must ask.  While our guides are here to give us a hand, they aren’t here to just step in and take over.  Never forget about that old pesky “Free Will” thing!  We have it and our guides respect that.  So, if you need their assistance, you must ask for it.

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Just what can I ask my guides for”?  I’m glad you asked that question!  And I’ve gotta tell ya, the list of possibilities is endless.  Big or little, your requests are not ignored.  You can ask for their company so you don’t feel alone.  You can ask for guidance and clarification during difficult times.  You can even ask them which type of wine you should have with your dinner.  Spirit guides are wise and knowing and are here to support us in pursuit of our highest and greatest good.  

We’ll continue this conversation in the April newsletter.  And if you want to learn how to meet and develop strong relationships with your spirit guides, in June I will be part of a dynamic group of teachers hosting a workshop on spirit guides.  There’s a lot of information about the class on our website and if you register before the early-bird deadline you’ll get a great discount!  Check it out.  It’s gonna be an awesome workshop with some amazing and gifted teachers!