The darkness of this gloomy night shall pass away. Again the Sun of Reality will dawn from the horizon of the hearts. Have patience, wait but do not sit idle; work while you are waiting; smile when you are wearied with monotony; be firm while everything around you is being shaken; be joyous while the ugly face of despair grins at you; speak aloud while the malevolent forces of the nether world try to crush your mind; be valiant and courageous while men all around you are cringing with fear and cowardice….Continue your journey to the end. The bright day is coming. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Volume 5, p. 141)
Is anyone else feeling COVID fatigue? I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being cooped up, tired of being careful, tired of being scared and tired of the uncertainty about what to expect going forward. I’m angry at people who are going about their business, without masks or social distancing and feel guilty for not being a better representative of the Bahá’í Faith, elevating conversations and being loving and accepting of other people’s choices. I’m glad I know that a lot of these negative thoughts are keeping me stuck in my lower nature. Without quotes such as this one, I wouldn’t know how to help myself move into my higher nature. Here `Abdu’l-Bahá gives us some concrete tools I can use. I can:
- remember that the darkness of this gloomy night shall pass away
- have patience
- work while I am waiting
- smile when I am wearied with monotony
- be firm while everything around me is being shaken
- be joyous while the ugly face of despair grins at me
- speak aloud while the malevolent forces of the nether world try to crush my mind
- be valiant and courageous while men all around me are cringing with fear and cowardice
- continue this journey to the end
- trust that the bright day is coming
The easiest ones for me to do are to work while I’m waiting and continue this journey towards the end. The hardest is to be joyous while the ugly face of despair grins at me, speaking aloud to others in an uplifting, accepting loving way. What are the easiest and hardest for you?
Knowing there are things I can do to combat COVID fatigue, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Getting to Know Your Lower Nature