The New Normal

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At the end of March 2020, I published a blog called “The Hidden Gifts of Coronavirus?”, which you can read here if you missed it:

The Hidden Gifts of Coronavirus

A month on, how are we all doing now?

Are you noticing some of these gifts yourself?

Or are you just desperate for life to return to “normal”? If the latter, you are apparently in a minority in Britain.

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The Hidden Gifts of Coronavirus

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This weekend saw me facilitating my first pandemic survival review completely virtually.

The group and I met on zoom for several two-hour periods over the weekend, interspersed with periods of reflection and ‘homework’ that people did on their own. Sometimes we broke into smaller groups, again on zoom, to explore particular themes.

It all worked much better than I thought it would (I have always been a “being-in-the-same-room-junkie” type of girl!)

One of the themes we explored, of course, was the Coronavirus pandemic, and how we could stay conscious, kind, aware, compassionate and safe (with Full face protection gear) in the face of this unprecedented situation.

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We asked ourselves the question: “What are the hidden or invisible gifts in all this?”

Umbrage, Urgency and Understanding

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I’m so grateful to Dr Linda Pettit who mentioned the 3U’s in a call I was on the other day and it inspired me to write a blog about them.

Whenever we feel Umbrage (usually towards a person) or Urgency – it’s just a sign that we’ve temporarily got caught up in our thinking. It’s a rumble strip. It’s not telling us anything about the situation out there, nor is it telling us anything about our true nature. It’s only telling us about our thinking in the moment – and that we’re a bit (or a lot!) revved-up.

I notice that whenever I settle down, come back ‘home’ and rest in that glorious peace, clarity, gratitude and connection in that place called Home, it’s actually impossible to feel UMBRAGE or URGENCY!

Yes, there are some situations that are time-dependent – like catching a train at a certain time. But the URGENCY we feel – harried, stressed, noisy – is all coming from thought in the moment, not the external world.

When we feel UMBRAGE, we have simply forgotten that everybody lives in a separate reality. Everybody is doing the best they can – given the thinking that looks real to them in that moment. In other words, it doesn’t look like thinking – it looks like reality and truth.