In this moment of so much uncertainty and stillness, there are some hidden gifts: the gift of time, and the chance to explore different, maybe forgotten sides of ourselves. When the big, busy world is spinning around us, sometimes we lose touch with our dreams and our desires. Now, it has all come to a standstill, and we can reconnect with our true nature.
Sadhguru, one of my cherished spiritual teachers, said that this is a time for reflection, to “strategize the trajectory of what we want our life to be.” It is an opportunity to change course.
Ask yourself what you loved to do when you were a child, and what you always dreamed of becoming. Here is where your innate talents lie. How can you develop them? Think about ways you might reconnect with them. Did you always love to draw? Or dance? Or tell stories? You only need permission from yourself to explore new (or old) creative outlets. And in this time of crisis, artists, teachers and entertainers are extending a hand, making it easy for those of us seeking to express ourselves. The internet is an amazing resource right now, offering classes, workshops, lectures, and virtual dance parties where thousands of people joyfully connect around the globe. If you are looking to spark your inspiration, there are operas and symphonies available to watch and listen to, museums to visit virtually, creators sharing the secrets of their crafts on podcasts and through their personal Instagram feeds. Of course, you can always just pull out that old set of paints and play.
I fulfilled a lifelong dream when I launched my clothing line, and I could not be more proud of our beautiful and elegant clothes. But do you know what has brought me the most joy this week? Sitting down and sewing—partly by hand—a pair of slippers, a bib, and a soft blue stuffed elephant for a friend’s newborn baby. In the past I would never have found the time to do this, but it was so gratifying to tap into a playful, more tender part of my imagination.
There is no right or wrong here. Your experience and expression can be as big or as small as you want them to be; listen for the true resonance in your heart, and share your joy. Happy people raise the vibration of the earth, and that contributes to healing. Let’s grow and heal together, through creativity and joy.