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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by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
I struggle with my anxieties and fears. Everyone does in some way, right? But I’m managing to breakthrough to new levels of courage through developing a better understanding of my fears.
It’s important to recognize that being afraid is a normal experience and a positive indication that we‘re challenging ourselves beyond the norm. Whenever we explore new territory or challenge ourselves to do something bigger or different, it can bring out our fear. When we feel fear, it’s important to acknowledge that we are pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zone and appreciate our courage in doing so.
That’s something I tend to forget when I’m going through intense fear.
But I want to stop and acknowledge my bravery in continuing to deal with something that challenges my fears. Taking a moment to assess and acknowledge being courageous is in itself a way to relieve stress. Stress coping mechanisms can decrease fear and improve confidence. So take a moment to pat yourself on the back for continuing through a difficult moment!
I’m learning that fear is also an indicator of inner wisdom. I’ve learned to listen to my fear and try to address what wisdom it’s leading me to reveal. Fear is a normal function in human life that's intrinsically set up to protect our lives. It‘s up to us to do the inner work to figure out what fear wants to protect us against.
I find that once I work through the things I’m concerned about, I’m better able to pull up the wisdom to find solutions or ways to take action and move forward.
This is what fear wants me to do;
Take a look at the issues causing concern and use my problem-solving skills to open up a new vista.
When I do that, fear has no need to function in my life, and departs.
All of us have this inner wisdom. I think fear is a powerful catalyst for tapping into our inner strengths.
I often turn to historical figures for their wisdom and encourage-ment. I especially like Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote;
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
This means that we must use fear to develop TRUST in our own ability to handle anything in our lives. Experiencing fear shows GROWTH of our potential and expansion into new levels of our LIMITLESS capacity.
Sometimes this kind of growth comes through tragedy or misfortune. When I faced a personal loss in my family, I faced some of my darkest fears. But the inner growth I had to go through during that time was exponentially greater than other chapters in my life. Having gone through such a difficult internal challenge has made me stronger, more compassionate, and able to perceive life through a broader scope of rich meaning and gratitude.
I’m learning to look at fear as an incredibly positive barometer of my self-development! Each time in my life I‘ve felt most fearful was a period in which I was pushing myself to become a better human being, develop new skills, or challenge myself to more advanced levels of accomplishment.
Let’s aim to be grateful for our courage and for continually challenging our fears.
What lessons or inspiration do your fears teach you? Join the conversation with a comment below.
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