Welcome to ‘Midweek Musings’.
Life doesn’t seem to be getting any easier for anyone. As the world battles with yet another wave of the pandemic, it is vital that we each do what we can to keep ourselves healthy and strong, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. We hope that ‘Midweek Musings’ from Anahat will serve as your mid-week shot of strength and inspiration.
It is easy to feel like a victim of circumstance in these times of uncertainty and difficulty. As humans we have a pre-disposition to focus on negative experiences. A great day may have little emotional effect on the next day. If, on the other hand, we have a bad day, the experience can last for days. Research tells us that focusing on the negatives in a situation is an evolutionary response designed to protect us. But it is important to remember that doing so habitually can also land us in a state of cynicism, hopelessness and eventual stagnation.
It is during times like these that it helps to remember the words of Viktor E. Frankl, the Austrian psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and went on to give an account of his struggle for survival in his powerful book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’. When asked how he managed to choose his own attitude in circumstances that easily qualify as some of the worst that the modern era has known, Frankl gave a simple but profound answer:
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
By recognising that there is, indeed, a space between stimulus and response, and then consciously choosing our response to what is happening around us, we put ourselves back in the ‘driver’s seat’ of our lives. Frankl said that he forced himself to appreciate sunsets even through the barbed wire.
Let us awaken to the beauty around us, even in the midst of the chaos and uncertainty we are currently experiencing.
What beauty is calling out to you now?
We would love to hear from you.
Have a good week!
Janaki and Mahesh
for Team Anahat