As pandemic-related restrictions lift we’re wondering what post-pandemic life will look like. After lockdowns and other precautions, it’s can be a bit overwhelming to return to more relaxed behavior. None of us really knows what the new normal will look like.
There’s no denying that the pandemic has profoundly affected us as individuals, societies, and a planet. This global experience is a powerful part of the destiny paths of all of us. Our job is to regroup and create wisdom from everything we’ve experienced.
This global hardship has impacted all of us in different ways. Even the children of the more introverted Orisa have struggled with so much isolation. As a child of Obatala, I recognize that things have been less impactful for me. But, separation from family and the pandemic’s strain on all my relationships has taken a toll.
To help you rise out of these dark times it’s important to amp up your spiritual practice. Leaning in and allowing the energies of the Universe to assist you in forging a path forward is the best way to support yourself.
Start with your Ori. Working with your Highest Self can help you to recenter and to see things from a broader, longer-term, perspective. It is your Ori who truly understands the learning and growth you were meant to experience from this crisis. Connecting deeply can help you synthesize wisdom from everything you’ve gone through.
The second place to go is your ancestors. In many ways what we’ve just experienced is unprecedented. But, our ancestors gained powerful wisdom from surviving outbreaks of serious illnesses. That wisdom can help us understand the historical significance of these times, and come to terms with how to process them and move forward.
The next place to go is your Guardian Orisa. Whoever your Orisa may be, working with the energy will allow you to understand how to deal with the impacts, as well as what steps to take to move back out into the world. Connect and be open to your thoughts, feelings, and intuition to help you navigate what’s next.
One of the things that all of us can do as we return to socializing is to take a hard look at our relationships. It’s the perfect time to take stock and honestly evaluate the people in our lives. Disconnect from toxic people. Get perspective on everyone in your life. Some people may need to be brought closer while others, moved further out from your intimate circle. Whatever you do, make sure it’s done with kindness and good character.
Many of us used the extra time we had to ramp up our self-care. That is critical during challenging times. As you move back into more normal routines try to preserve what was valuable. As your time becomes more limited use it wisely.
You have may developed some less than ideal habits as well. It’s time to deal with any unsupportive behaviors that have become habits. Let go of the things you know aren’t good for you.
For every one of us, some good has come out of these difficult times. What positive things have happened? Which relationships have deepened? What ideas have taken root? Preserve the best things as much as you can. We have a unique opportunity to redefine our lives, social circles, and activities, in a new, healthier, way based on everything we’ve learned through the pandemic.