Reflections on Inspiring Help
Recently, I was checking out my LinkedIn feed and came upon a post about Governor Cuomo of New
York receiving a letter and donation from a farmer in Kansas. The farmer was retired and in his 70’s. He sent the governor one of the five N95 masks he had leftover from his farming days and asked the governor if he would kindly pass it on to a doctor or nurse in New York. The other four masks he would need to keep. One each for him and his wife, and one each for his two children.
I want to be like this farmer.
The farmer’s gesture arose from a genuine desire to help where he could, tempered by a spirit of practicality. I find what he did inspiring. It had me reflecting on where and how I am doing my part to be practical and helpful.
I am blessed to help others every day through the sessions I offer. My goal is to offer my clients practical solutions that address what is not working in their worlds. With social distancing, I have stopped offering in-person sessions and workshops. Like many of us, I am embracing a virtual world. Last Wednesday I offered a Reiki session to the Spiritual Women of New England (membership of almost 2500). I’m now in the process of re-structuring my workshops so that I may offer them virtually (Zoom). These things I do for the greater community.
I am sheltering at home. My husband goes out once a week to the grocery. He wears a mask. We leave the non-perishables in the garage for a few days to ‘air out’ and then put them away. The refrigerated foods go into a ‘protected’ area of the refrigerator for the same few days. When we take our daily walk, we are respectful of the people we pass. These things I do for my home and neighborhood.
I believe meditation strengthens my ability to help. Meditation helps me to keep my eyes wide open to ‘see’ what is true – not what I want to be true, not what should be true, but what is real. I believe mediation cultivates my ability to hold a respectful space for what is happening in the world. It keeps me grounded, practical and able to help where I can.
This is from the Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo:
“That we feel compelled to stop and help even strangers move the heavy thing out of the way is an impulse known as love”
Big Hugs and Much Love,