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Time to Thrive: Our Post-Pandemic Role

By Michal Spiegelman

2020 was divinely orchestrated for us as a year of rising to the occasion and riding the wave of awakening on the planet. We learned a lot.

We learned to adjust.
We adjusted to technology, to working from home, to spending more time indoors, to living with an enormous amount of uncertainty.

We found new ways to connect.
With no hugs, no human touch, and no less than six feet between us at all times, we learned that we can still feel socially connected if we step out of our comfort zones and challenge ourselves. We had to come up with out of the box ways to nurture our cravings for connection and belonging through the digital world and the development and maintenance of spiritual practices.

We developed creative thinking.
Moms and dads had to find effective ways to work, parent, entertain, and teach their children while sharing one space all the time. Business owners and leaders had to get creative, finding alternative ways to run a business, contribute, and sometimes even survive.

On a personal level, I can share that we improved our online teaching tremendously. We upgraded our workspace (including equipment, set up, resources, systems, and workflows so we can serve our community better.)

If nothing else, beacon—you, me, and many other people, we survived.

And we did our best moment by moment.

And now…

It is time to shift from surviving to thriving.

As our COVID cocoon starts to open up, we are faced with new challenges.

Many people who got the vaccine are filled with a renewed sense of hope. Life after the vaccine might feel liberating. Even when we know that we can’t go back to the life we once had, we also know that we can slowly come out of our bubbles and interact more with life. At the same time, new fears and new worries are coming up: How safe do we feel meeting with people? Should we hug? Can we spend time with others indoors? There are many questions, and each person has to find their own safest route to engaging more with life and to thriving.

Why does thriving feel more challenging than before?

Dealing with the crisis provided us with many growth opportunities. Many of us did well. As we transition to post-pandemic times, we have to deal with the consequences. First of all, depending where you are on the globe, the words “post-pandemic” might not be relevant for you yet. But even if you are shifting to a post-pandemic way of living, even if you see the light at the end of the tunnel, you have to face the consequences of living the life you once had and surviving a challenging year. We all do.

An incredible woman who recently attended my Reiki class is a nurse. She was part of the COVID-19 intubation team at the hospital, a frontline healthcare worker who dedicated herself to saving lives. She became sick with COVID-19 and is now suffering from post-viral syndrome. I’ll spare you the details, but she can hardly function. Frontline workers are living daily with the consequences of stepping up their game in 2020.

There are people in the Beacons of Change community who lost their jobs, relationships, and sanity. Moms are doing their best to keep themselves stable while dealing with their children’s anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Families are trying to fixed damaged relationships. Many grandparents are not interested in returning to their former caretaking roles after a year of isolation.

Thriving might feel out of your reach right now. That’s why we need each other.

The first step to thriving is knowing that you are never really alone even when you think you are.

In the last few months, I have met many women, some who attended my Reiki classes and others who work with me privately, who feel defeated, broken, and lost. I have also met women in a better space mentally and emotionally, but even they were affected by the collective fatigue and exhaustion the last year has wrought. 90% of women I work with are more triggered than before, and their sensitivity is rising.

In April 2020, the Dalai Lama said, “The outbreak of this terrible coronavirus has shown that what happens to one person can soon affect every other being. But it also reminds us that a compassionate or constructive act—whether working in hospitals or just observing social distancing—has the potential to help many.”

The consequences you deal with, the mental health and other issues you and your family face, might make you feel very alone in your journey. At the same time, there is a sense of interconnectedness that we all share.

Making space for your brokenness, choosing to acknowledge and feel your pain, is essential. But you can choose how long to hold on to the pain and the suffering and when to let go. Using your inner strength and the tools you acquired throughout the years can help you let go of the suffering. You want to bring vulnerability into the process of building resilience, so you honor your needs. I spoke more about this topic with a powerful metaphor in my vlog, “How to Build Resilience Out of Vulnerability.

Be aware of internal beliefs that might stop you from thriving.

We all have some beliefs that are getting in the way of achieving what we desire. Our nature is only to invest energy and be “all in” with our desires if we believe that we can be successful. Your subconscious beliefs can totally sabotage your efforts to get better, even though you’re not aware of them. If you are an empath or sensitive to energy, please read my blog post, “What Beliefs Keep You from Thriving When You are an Empath?” In this blog, I share a list of beliefs that might speak to you. Is it time for you to get clear with and push against your programming and start thriving?

Rise and shine.

Practice number 10 of the Beacons of Change 12 Practices for Living at Full Power is calling you to rise and shine. Your inner light is always there. When you fall or fail (because you will!), you can always find this spark of light hidden within your heart and ignite it.

Your sadness is serving a purpose.

Your brokenness is birthing hope.

Your doubt encourages faith.

Your courage needs fear to be present.

You are an intuitive, creative, resilient human being, and you have what it takes to thrive.

If you want to regain your power and reconnect with your true self, and it feels too hard to do it by yourself, there are many ways to receive support from me:

You can take the transformative Journey into Your Soul.

You can join my upcoming Reiki class.

You can become part of my Thriving Empath Facebook Group for Women.

Not sure where to start? Send me a message.

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