With all the confusion, anxiety, and fear in response to the Coronavirus, we can find consolation and peace of mind in the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, which tells us:
Empty your mind of clutter,
Maintain an inner peace.
Ten thousand things move around you.
In detachment, perceive the cycles.
Watch each return to the source.
Returning to the source is harmony
With the way of nature.
Knowing the cycles brings wisdom.
Not knowing brings confusion.
(Tao, Chapter 16)
This month, as spring returns, bringing new buds and blossoms, and new life, take a moment to step outside to look at your garden. Or simply look out your window at the green world outside or the shifting patterns of clouds in the sky. Then breathe in that vision of nature into your heart with appreciation and gratitude, feeling a sense of oneness.
And in the days ahead, whenever you're feeling out of sorts, remember this simple practice to find harmony with the cycles of nature.