Accepting that you are not alone is a difficult and yet immensely rewarding accomplishment during difficult times. Making decisions and dealing with suffering leave many feeling lost and alone and in need of comfort and support.
This weekend in our community was Relay For Life, a time for coming together after months of fundraising to support the American Cancer Society with research, education, advocacy and service. Team members take turns walking the track (the concept behind the word Relay) so that someone is always on the track. A great deal of symbolism is involved in the planning based on what cancer does to its victims. It is 24 hours of people walking to demonstrate that cancer never sleeps so neither do the walkers. Survivors and patients and their caregivers are honored and those who have died are remembered. It is an uplifting, emotional time for participants probably mostly due to the electricity of the participants so dedicated to the elimination of cancer.
The theme of the morning sunrise service, ‘you are not alone’ initiated more faithful thinking on my part. The youth minister spoke of the presence of God with us at all times. The songs and poems were of His nearness, reminding us of the gift of life.
‘Remember when you heard the words and your mind went blank you were in another world’
‘Remember in your darkest hours when all that surrounds you is pain and sorrow’
These words written by an unknown cancer survivor speak of unlimited situations that humans encounter. They speak of those times when every thought is of the affects the situation causes personally. They speak of those times that fear controls the thoughts. The faithful eventually on their own time, regain what they have known, that God is with them.
Last night as I meditated, I expanded on not being alone. Within me is my higher self, holy spirit; I am not alone. Surrounding, opening me to the energies of the universe, healing and loving are my guardian angels; I am not alone. Around me are my family members waiting for cues as to how they can help and support me, but I have to open up and share my thoughts, concerns and needs so that, I am not alone, as well as accept they have their fears, too. The same goes for my friends and neighbors; I am only alone, if I choose to be by suffering in silence. As I was told yesterday, ‘You call me with anything you need, and if you don’t need anything, call me to come have a cup of tea and a chat.’ I am not alone.
Fear is what can keep us deaf to God, His angels, our higher self and intuition, and separate us from our friends, neighbors and community. Fear keeps us alone. Aloneness is only the physical situation if you allow it to be. Open yourself to accept that you are not alone. Open your heart and let the light in. Sit physically alone in the quiet and listen and feel the presence around you that is love. It is there always; let it in. You are not alone.