Taking part in change starts with yourself

- through Sophie Solere

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We were suddenly thrown into another world, that of the Covid-19 pandemic and containment. We cannot escape our own mind. What do we think about, how do we nourish our daily lives when the crutches of work and social obligations have fallen?

We can choose to use this time to befriend our own spirit, to allow it to manifest in all of its dimensions. Yet the first thing we can do is simple: it's about working on ourselves, recognizing how our fear leads the way, fear of others, fear of the future, fear of being judged... True courage , is to look at his fear. If we do, then we can connect with reality and with others, where we are, in our own ecosystem, with humility and trust, because we have nothing to hide. Social change begins there.

The more the world sinks into fear and confusion, the greater our Responsibility Law to maintain our sanity and radiate presence, compassion and trust.

“The deeper the world descends into fear and confusion, the greater our responsibility to maintain our sanity and to radiate presence, compassion and trust. »

Here is a daily practice to stay open and in touch, even from a distance.

Start in yourself

To meditate is to establish ourselves in order to overcome a fearful and reactive state of mind, a tendency to victimization. In this space without taboos, made of love and self-respect, we can take a daily break and look at what is happening to us as an invitation to connect to the deep sources of trust.

Take your usual meditation posture. Sit within yourself and breathe deeply. Feel your feet on the ground, your breath, the air flowing in and out and connecting you with a larger space, open the window of your heart/mind and the window of the room if you can!


Let your emotions come, hope and fear, confusion, contentment and irritation, frustration… Whatever feelings arise, breathe them in, they are yours, they are not threatening, they are an invitation not to run away, to get to know you better.


Release them into outer space with the breath. Let all this material of the spirit settle like waves on the sand of a beach.

Continue as long as you wish, synchronizing your gait with the breath. It introduces relaxation, fresh air, the possibility that all of this can change, that nothing is fixed.


When your mind is calmer, sort out your emotions, if possible work with one emotion at a time, one thought, one person at a time, it can be yourself or someone else. Inhale the feeling that gently arises.


By letting that feeling dissolve with the breath, not to drive away the discomfort, but to relax it into space.

With each inhale, bring a feeling, a situation into awareness, and with each exhale, let them dissolve. Feel the open space thus created by bringing warmth and kindness to it. Continue for a while, until you touch your vulnerability, your own tenderness in the heart.

Be friends with yourself

During this process, we transform emotions, especially those that panic us, that are blocked, hard, anxiety-provoking at times, into an opening of the heart. We do it without “thinking about it”, in a direct, simple way and synchronized with the breath. We learn to work with “negative” energy without panic, without confusion, because we understand that it can transform, evolve. We use the gentleness and simplicity of being present to the quality of his emotion and welcoming it, rather than fighting it or hiding it. Then confusion turns into knowledge of ourselves, tenderness for oneself and benevolence for others.

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Sophie Solere

Sophie Solère is an economic and social journalist who has been interested for years in the environment and interdependence. She works for Buddhist News, a media platform dedicated to Buddhist spirituality and wisdom. By practicing yoga and meditative dance, Sophie discovered the power of spiritual journeys, which offer so many paths to (re)find yourself. She is dedicated to sharing inspiring stories and valuable advice on spiritual practice and the environment with Buddhist News readers.

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