In these troubling, unprecedented times, we may feel scared, anxious, worried, grief stricken and/or overwhelmed. As I have personally cycled through all of these feelings and hear from others feeling the same, I’ve been thinking a great about what energies can support us as we cope with these very real and natural emotional responses. As I’ve meditated and reflected on it, what continues to come to me is the power of love and grace to provide us with the resilience to survive these times.
Know that I send all of you, each of you who has crossed my path in any way, great love for this journey, love to fill you when you are scared, love for when you or someone you love has lost a job or income, love for when you may have lost a loved one to this virus, love for when you become overwhelmed at all the suffering and uncertainty. Love reaches through time, distance and space. Know I love you and pray for you to have every single inner and external resource you need through these times. Love does not magically solve the practical, overwhelming problems involved in this crisis, bring us needed income or prevent illness, but it does, without a doubt, make the journey so much less harsh, so much softer, so much more bearable.
We can all send love to one another, holding it in our hearts, then sending it as a “waterfall of love” to all who need it. Over the years, when working with animals experiencing various forms of trauma, such as during Hurricane Katrina and California wildfires, I learned that love not only reached them but calmed them tremendously when afraid, anxious, injured, and when they were alone and dying. From the animals, throughout my life, I learned the power of love. We all have this powerful love within us to help ourselves through this pandemic, and to help all beings in the world.
You’ve probably all heard about the resilient Italians who are singing from their balconies, sending love to all who can hear them (in person and on YouTube!). Close to home, my former neighbor in Big Sur, CA, artist Sofanya White, shared an inspiring story in our community email list. She and her next door neighbor went outside and did a “call and response” with their flutes. Sonya describes it:
“My neighbor plays so beautifully and I’m just happy making a nice sound that comes from my Heart. I also got my drum out, then singing bowls. By the time we were through I felt so connected in Love and eased into a sitting Meditation. Feel free to join on Sundays at 3pm. It will be wonderful to know others are in this all at the same time….for as short or long time as you feel it but try to give it enough time to let go and feel the fervent Love in your Heart come forth in the Prayers of Healing.”
And so, I extend her invitation to all of you to join us, from your homes anywhere on earth, every Sunday at 3pm your time, to express your love for all beings with singing, playing instruments, dancing or playing any recorded music—for five minutes or for 60 minutes, until your heart is filled with love—for your own heart, and overflowing to the world.
Because I cannot sing (even my cats leave the room when I occasionally sing along with a recording!), I’ll be playing the following songs every Sunday at 3pm, perhaps a few times each. When I came across the first two on Facebook I cried such happy tears, feeling the love of the little six year old singing I Wish You Love and the love of the quarantined Berklee College of music students sending love around the world dancing to and singing Love Sweet Love (spoiler alert: watch for the cat early in the video!).
I will also be playing a version of Amazing Grace with humpback whale song, which I played for many years for the whales I swam with in Silver Bank. Every evening at sunset, we (the group of humans who were with the whales that day) would play this song as our prayer of thanks to the whales for choosing to come to be with us in the water. Almost every evening as we played this song for them, whales would appear on the surface, hearing the call of our hearts through this music. The love we felt from them as we shared the musical prayer was as mystical and heart-filling as it was being right next to them in the water.
Humpback whales bring a grace to the world, both physically and spiritually, that is, in my opinion, unsurpassed. Right now, there are whales in the spirit realm helping the earth and humans during this crisis. If you would like their help and support, just reach out and ask for it. They will come. Listening to this music may help you feel connected with them. Whether you feel them or hear them or not, they will come if you ask for their support. Allow them to surround you with their grace.
I will also be chanting Long Time Sun for all beings who are dying alone, without loved ones near them, and for all the souls who have left the earth due to this virus. I will chant it also in honor of their grieving loved ones. The animals have shown me time and again that no one dies alone, that there are always spiritual beings who come to be with every single being on earth who dies, to bring great calm, comfort and love as they escort them from earth to the spirit realm. While I believe this, I also think that as a fellow living being on earth, it is so very important to reach out when we know those who are dying have no one here, on the earth side, to hold their hand, to stroke their brow and kiss their forehead as their bodies prepare to die and their spirits prepare to leave. We can send the energy of all of that from our hearts, so they are not truly alone. This chant helps me to do that.
When we send love to others who are suffering–or even think about their physical or emotional suffering–it is easy to feel overwhelmed and grief stricken. Highly sensitive people feel this even more keenly. While this is completely natural, we can prevent our own feelings from getting in the way of helping others by making a clear and strong intention to temporarily put aside all of our own feelings of grief, stress or overwhelm during those minutes when we are helping others. Whoever we may pray to, whatever divine sources we may believe in, we can ask them to “hold” our upset for us, then assist us with it after we return from helping others. I do this regularly when helping my clients in my private practice. I have my own dramas, crises and upsets just like everyone else, and knowing that the energies of these can get in the way of my being clear, strong and ready to serve my clients, I ask my spiritual guides to hold them for me during my consultations. Afterwards, I continue to ask for their help for me. This is a dance of helping and healing we can all do–helping others and helping ourselves.
May you all be safe and at peace.
May our brave and devoted first responders and medical personnel, and all those who continue to work to make sure that humans and animals have food and needed supplies available and delivered, also be safe and at peace.
May every being on earth be surrounded by love and grace.
Extra love sent to all of your animals!
And if it feels right to you, join in the musical form of sending love each Sunday at 3pm your time ~
Note: Please excuse any typos or other mistakes in this article. It was sent without the expert help of my proofer.
12 thoughts on “The Power of Love and Grace Through the Troubling Times of Covid19”
Thank you so much for taking the time during this critical time, with so many people scared and/or sick to send us these words of love and encouragement.
We value it very much. We are sending love and well-being back to you and to all the animals. We also reach out to the souls and say thank you for being with us.
May Love and a different understanding for humans and animals come out from this crisis.
Thank you dear Ruth! And thank you for being one of the front line health care workers taking care of our elders in their homes. You are an angel to do this, most especially at this time. And yes, may there be a deeper and broader love and understanding among all beings. Much love to you ~
Hi Teresa! Hard to believe it’s been over a year since we last experienced the beautiful whales in Silver Bank! Thank you so much for sharing these bits of hope and peace! I wish I’d seen my email before 3 pm today – but I will definitely join in next Sunday. Today has been tough, as our County mandated masks or face coverings if we go outside our doors. Riding my bike in nature with a buff around my nose and mouth really hit home for me. I had the thought that although Mother Nature was taking a break from us in hopes that we learn respect, hopefully she will welcome us back soon. Sending you and your fur babies hugs and much love! Stay safe and healthy!
I know, and aren’t we blessed that we were there last year vs. this year which we would likely have had to cancel. Blessings to you as you bike ride with your mask–may we soon have N95’s for medical personnel and all of us! And yes, may the earth find healing in all of this. Thank for the love for my precious ones, and the same to all of you. May you be well in every way!
Teresa thank you so very much for reaching out to your “extended” family in this extraordinary times. You have reminded me time and again my precious cats are still apart of me even though they have passed on. Your emails mean so much and give me comfort in these uncertain days even more so. Thank you again, and I wish you and your family continued health, as we all navigate through healings, in more ways than one.
It is so good to hear from you Gwen! And I trust that you will always feel your beloved cats near you. It was such a honor and adventure to talk with all of you all those years ago. Thank you for those times, and for your kind words now. Love to you in these times!
Thanks so much for this, Teresa! This thing is just so surreal! Stay safe!!
Sending love your way!! xxxoo
You are welcome dear Gina! May you and all your loved ones remain safe and well, and always feel love and peace around you ~ Thank you for yours sent to me!
Beautifully written blog. Am in awe of the inspiring words, music and graphics. Thank you for being a conduit of love, grace and wisdom in these troubling times.
Sharing love and hugs to you and the kitties.
I am so glad that you found it supportive dear Arlene. I will give your love and hugs to the cats, and please do the same with your precious dogs. Stay well in every way ~ Love, Teresa
Thank you so much for sending your loving thoughts and energy in these challenging times. I had been thinking about you lately and was wondering how you were doing. Animals are giving us so much love and support in these difficult times. I realized that the best way to deal with this crisis is to stay away from the TV news and spend as much time as possible in nature and in the company of our pets. I am certainly immensely grateful for my two loving kittens. We are all connected in love. Take good care. Be safe with your kitties.
You are so welcome Leyla. I sure support your idea of limiting news and relishing the company of your beloved animals. May you and your kittens be well and safe in every way–Much love to all of you.