by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
I had a great discussion (via the Zoom conferencing app) with friends recently that encouraged me. They reminded me that if I want to change my environment, I must first change my heart.
This year has challenged the best of us; pandemic restrictions and their toll on wellness, our nation’s clear divisiveness, and the economic and physical suffering for our entire planet have brought the reality of our shared troubles in this world front and center.
My discussion with friends illuminated my need for pausing to uncover what this situation is teaching me and how it can serve me to change something in my life, my perspective, and my actions. Taking responsibility is a strong catalyst for making things go more smoothly and improving or finding meaning in a problem.
We shared how our daily rhythm with self-care and personal growth efforts help us see solutions more readily when facing turmoil.
Our world mirrors us. It’s sending a clear signal we need more effort toward growing ourselves, overcoming our negative impulses, and taking care of our mind, body, and spirit. Taking care of ourselves allows us to be better for those we care about and build peaceful, prosperous communities.
A GOOD ENDING LEADS TO A GOOD START
How we end things this year will lead to what kind of start we’ll have in the new year. We cannot avoid the sufferings of our world. Burying our hearts and trying to ignore or deny the fierceness of our collective challenges creates nothing.
But we can make the causes for future victory and look forward to the new season of spring by facing ourselves and our challenges with courage and compassion. Doing this with perseverance brings hope into our hearts.
BEGIN WITH A SMALL SHIFT
It can happen with a seemingly small, insignificant shift in our hearts.
Facing relationship issues or communication problems?
Redirecting my heart toward finding an outcome best for everyone—can help move the dialogue in a more positive direction. When we strive to put aside our ego and our feelings for the greater good, a miracle happens: we create a bridge!
LOOK FOR A NEW WAY
In this weird holiday season when many of us are unable to hug our loved ones, especially heart-wrenching for our elders, those grieving a loss, and those struck with Covid-19, we’re given a beautiful opportunity to find the value and potential in this situation.
Creative solutions arise from limitations and even problems. Humans are innately creative. This skill or process is not reserved exclusively for artists. We each have the power within us to look outside the box to find a new way or a new perspective for this unique moment in history. This practice of gratitude lifts the heavy heart and brings its own reward.
When we can’t see eye to eye with someone, for example, we have the chance to look for the best in that person as valuable and good, instead of equating the worth of that person with their behavior in the moment or argument.
Difficulties—again—are mirroring exactly that we need to change something in our lives for the better. And to use them as a springboard with that intent.
REMEMBER THE KEY TO VICTORY
The point is that you and I can transform anything. Don’t get discouraged by this year’s depth of problems for us and the rest of the world. Instead, remember that how we face each moment right now becomes the cause for the seeds of our bright future.
Remember that the key to any struggle is perseverance. Let’s look to the new year of 2021 by first taking care of our spiritual wellness. Then, let’s set new goals and move forward toward our new victory.
Transforming our hearts first will lead us to improve ourselves, the situation, and encourage those around us to find hope. Our ability to win over our struggles becomes our mission for empowering others to do the same.
During this pandemic holiday season, I will be taking care of myself including mind, body, and soul. I'll be planning for the 2021 new year.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you.
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by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
This is part of my series of creative posts as encouragement through pandemic 2020. We have many obstacles to challenge, but one thing’s for sure; our wellness of mind, body, and spirit will impact our successful response.
Enjoy my video above (click the PLAY button and have your speakers or headphones on!) to experience the healing power of nature immersion and mellow music.
This video includes nature photos taken in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. The spring blooms and rich landscape of Kentucky are stunningly beautiful.
My original music in the above nature video is called, ‘On The Wings Of Faith.' I composed this piece last year for my late friend, Tina. She died of heart failure before her 50th birthday.
A HEART THAT NEVER FAILS
Ironically, her heart never failed in life. She was a relentless, ever-present friend who ceaselessly encouraged me to see my better self. She had a way of making me feel that I was the most important person in the room and her best friend.
But Tina had countless friends in her life who felt about her the same way I did.
Tina’s undying belief in my ability to rise up despite any obstacle or my own perceived inadequacies is what deeply inspired me to compose this short piece for her memorial. Her constant encouragement and never-give-up cheer remain deeply wedged within my heart and soul.
You may have noticed that friendship is a huge theme in my creative process. Friends like Tina (and Linda, Kay, Jean, Kristy, Kathy, Terry, and Barbara, etc) have boosted my spirits in the darkest moments of my life. For this reason, I feel creativity emerge unstoppable from within me.
EMBRACE EVERY SEASON AS A WAY TO GROW
This is like the season of spring now. Despite the craziness of dealing with a global pandemic, the season’s explosion of color, blooms, and gorgeous textures has burst forth.
This is the way life goes up and down, testing us to become better and stronger in our clarity and vision of purpose than before.
This is how I view my creative world, too. Every season, problem, illness, or loss has meaning only if I embrace the opportunity to grow in some way. Creative expression is how I use transition as fuel for my inner strength and as a way to give hope to others.
May this video of nature’s beauty and my musical tribute to the significance of friendship embolden you toward greater heights.
Please continue to stay at home as much as possible and socially distance to protect yourself and others. While you’re at home more than usual, please enjoy the music, poetry, and nature videos (like this one above) I’ve created as meditative therapy.
If you can't get outdoors, or you just want to relax or de-stress for a moment, this nature music video will help elevate your mood and keep you calm.
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