March 29, 2020
Ashok Bedi, M.D., Jungian Psychoanalyst
Robert BJ Jakala PH.D., Jungian Psychotherapist
In a storm, the safest place is in the eye of the storm. My colleague BJ and I will share our daily reflections on this centering process from an Analytical perspective, sharing from the repertoire of our personal and professional experience. BJ is a psychologist and a photographer and will pick and image of the day that catches him in this collective crisis. I will amplify it from a Jungian Analytical perspective. We hope that this may offer you a baby step on the path to your own unique response to this chaos.
The process of adaptation requires a directed conscious function characterized by inner consistency and logical coherence. Because it is directed, everything unsuitable must be excluded in order to maintain the integrity of direction. (Jung, 1960b, p. 35)
So much of how I knew the world is in flux. I feel like the reclining chair I’ve rested on has changed to a hammock. My approach movements need to be calculated and guarded. I need to have flexibility as I encounter the ropes. How do I adapt? Each movement I make has consequences to my balance. It is drastically different than plopping on a recliner.
Once I find the sweet spot and can relax, there is a sense of gratitude and comfort in the net that holds me. I have support in a new way; the ropes tied to trees are above me rather than a reclining chair on the floor below. In the hammock, I am held from above and supported underneath. Once I am secure on my new “recliner” I can notice the beauty in the world around me. I still feel that challenge of balance, for every move I make has a ripple effect in life between the trees. I must take my time to shift gently. No rash or sudden moves in order to have this new place allow me rest.
In midst of the COVAD-19 pandemic, we as individuals, families, communities, nation and the global effort in the process of a precarious balancing act. We must balance between the needs of the individual and the community, maintain civil rights yet make sacrifices for our collective survival, respond to the outer crisis yet maintain a sense of interiority and inner peace. More disconnected we feel from our inner core, less effective our response to the outer challenge. It is counter intuitive but essential that each one of us respond to the catastrophe from the deep inner core which holds the spark of our highest potential and strength to respond.
To reach that inner core, each one of us must make time to connect with our psychospiritual core. Every individual has their own method to realign with their core: some walk, some do Pranayama, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, prayer, talk to their best friend on phone, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, Google hangout, some play cards with their grandchildren, others a romantic candlelit dinner with their lover to reengage the spirit. Others read, draw, make a Mandala, journal or play solitaire. The path is incidental as far as it connects you to your core. Do it!
Some Points to Ponder
How is your process of adaptation to the pandemic going?
What support can you find in this time of social distancing?
How do you maintain your balance?
What tells you to reach out, what tells you to reach in?
When tells you something is unsuitable? How do you exclude it?
How do you connect with your core?
What is your preferred paradigm to activate your core?
How do you feel when you are connected your deeper Self?
How does that connection change your outer behavior?