Holy week, the week leading up to Good Friday and Easter, is a time of intense spiritual focus. This year, Holy Week overlaps with Passover, a celebration of freedom.
Let us consider these Holy Days in the light of COVID-19.
We have all sacrificed. It may feel like we’re imprisoned at home, like we’re isolated and out of control. But I remember what Kasturba Gandhi once said, when an interviewer asked her, “how do you feel about being imprisoned?”
“There is no prison,” she replied.
Prison is a perception. When we feel bound by outer restrictions or inner tribulations, the sensation of imprisonment can be overcome through spiritual practice. Through intentional labors of heart and mind, we can loosen the chains of our limited perceptions and claim the strength of a resilient global community that empowers all beings.
A mala is string of prayer beads commonly used in Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Shintō for the spiritual practice known in Sanskrit as japa. Most malas have 108 beads, or some other multiple of 9.
I extend this invitation to our Center members but also to the blog and Facebook communities.
If this feels authentic to you, please say one or more of these affirmations, 108 times, every day for the next few days:
- I am guarded, guided, and protected by the power of Love.
- We are guarded, guided, and protected by the power of Love.
- << insert name of someone specific or general, such as health care workers>> is/are guarded, guided, and protected by the power of Love.
Bless the world with your deliberate goodness. Let us know how it goes, how you feel, and what changes for you.