Developing a sense of Freedom during COVID
At this time, freedom does not mean going into crowds or not wearing a mask. What I am talking about is the freedom to discover and embrace our true feelings and to be able to express those feelings in a positive manner.
In my work as a therapist, I am finding so many people trying to be or feel something that is not really their truth. The work begins with identifying the feelings that may have been suppressed for a long time. COVID has a way of amplifying so many parts of our lives. Whether it is bringing up differences, or blocked emotions or even passions we are meant to discover.
Creativity is the ultimate expression of freedom. Look at artists, writers, actors, singers, architects or scientists. Give creative people a sense of freedom and life changing creations appear.
How does that apply to you? Imagine that you had unlimited time, money and resources. What would you do with that gift? What brings life and meaning to your journey on this planet? In order to answer those questions, you really need to know yourself well. Our bodies give us feedback all the time. Our stomachs can hurt if a certain food is not good for us or if we are near someone who makes us feel uncomfortable or if a situation is stressful. Let’s start by listening to our bodies.
Next think of what or who brings you the greatest sense of happiness. Make a list of the activities and the people and invite those things (or people) into your life. And start scheduling in time for that and them.
A common theme in my blogs is “Speak your Truth” It is one of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Say “No” when you want to say no. Reach out and connect with the ones you love. Make choices that honor you and your goals and dreams. This is actually a perfect time to spend effort in hearing and appreciating those small voices inside that are always pushing us towards our own unique pathway. Don’t ignore those whispers.
Put your hand on your heart and ask what your heart really wants. Do that often until your heart messages become second nature to you! What if following our hearts instead of the money is the real purpose behind the COVID virus. Let’s learn our lessons so the virus will leave us alone.
New Facing Your Fears groups during COVID are forming. Please call or write me to begin discovering your own special and unique pathway!
- Janet Whitney, MA. LMFT.