(In case you’re wondering: This week’s title was inspired by two of David Bowie’s most famous songs, “Changes” and “Space Oddity.”)
It’s only been a few weeks since my last trip, yet I’m due to fly to California again later this week for my second visit with family this year. This time, an additional family member is also flying in, and together we hope to increase the effectiveness of our assistance to our loved ones in need. The plans were made before we became inundated with news of the Covid-19 virus, so naturally, our fingers are crossed that our plans are not scuttled at the last minute. However, if they are, then we’ll deal with it. We’ll take the appropriate precautions and be mindful of our hygiene….That’s the God-centered aspect of my mind talking.
The anxiety-centered aspect of my mind has also been talking. The questions seem to usually take the form of “What if such-and-such occurs?” So many possibilities to worry about! My imagination can conjure up some pretty unpleasant scenarios– not only regarding my health, but that of my more fragile family members and all the others around us. These are the times that remind me of how little control I really have over the course that life’s circumstances may take (see, I still think I may have even a little control—it’s a hard habit to break).
So what can I control? My commitment to finding inner freedom. My choice to remain on the path of Self-realization. The continuation of my efforts to increase my attunement to my Guru (in particular, with meditation). My decision to keep moving toward the light, even when the darkness of fear seems ready to swallow me up.
This week, when I find myself going down the path of worry and fear, I will remember that my Guru’s love and the power of meditation will bring me back to the path of faith and joy. I will also read these words from Paramhansa Yogananda:
“Don’t take life so seriously. This world is a terrible place, there is no safety here. But what are we to do? We must stop taking life so seriously. Delusion can be overcome by holding steadfastly to one philosophy: everything here is nothing more than God’s motion picture. Don’t make a fuss about anything. Whenever you worry, remember, you are deepening the cosmic delusion within you. It is your own dreams that frighten you. In every form of sense experience you must remind yourself, ‘IT IS A DREAM!’ So don’t be attached to the passing dreams of life. Live for God and God alone.”