This crisis, this opportunity

During this pandemic I started like most others. I read the news, kept up to date until the fear seeped in. It’s hard for that NOT to happen considering we have never had to deal with a pandemic before.

If you have struggled with anxiety and/or depression, it can hit us hard. I mean, when I was 16 years old and went to Germany with my mom, I got so homesick because it felt like I had entered into another world. Depression set it. It took a bit to get acclimated and then I was able to enjoy the trip.

Huge change or the unknown can make anyone feel off kilter. For me, I needed to get off the ledge.

So I reached inside my box of tools and got to work. I stopped listening to all the news. I took a break from electronics. I read real books on my back porch, with actual paper. I meditated, practiced yoga, and did affirmative prayer. I puttered in the garden, did puzzles, played games, went on walks and listened to the sounds of nature. In addition, working from home, I immersed myself in projects and connected with others digitally.

My days were opportunities to really get back in touch with myself, my essence, and I felt a sense of freedom and peace. When the energy of grief hit, out of the blue on occasion, I allowed myself to grieve then I got back up. I used this energy by channeling it back to the planet as love and light. I did this regularly. It was the LEAST I could do. I am in awe of the brave heros on the front line. Thank you for your courage and for continuing to show up.

For those of you struggling, I send lots of love. How will each of us remember this time?

About the author

Kim Hiles (Dancing Feather) was born in Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Her mother was from Germany and met her father while stationed there. The family moved several times before settling in a town called Millis, Massachusetts.

Kim developed severe anxiety and depression as a child and struggled to find her way. Growing up, Kim was told by her grandmother that she wrote beautiful letters and had a way with words. Later in life, this memory would be a catalyst for sitting down and writing her memoir.

Continuing to say yes to life, Kim talks about her struggles of addiction, anxiety, depression and relationship issues, to name a few. She considers it her life mission to help empower others and uses her memoir as a way to offer guidance in living a more authentic life, following your dreams.

She has overcome much adversity and enjoys walking with others as they find their way. Kim has also co-written a young adult fantasy with her husband Will, called Little Wonders. Their pen name is K.W. Hiles.

Kim is a successful Educator, Social and Emotional Learning Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Mediator (Restorative Practices), 3rd degree Reiki Practitioner, and blogs regularly. In addition Kim offers online classes at Shamanic Passages Institute

Kim is considered highly sensitive and intuitive. Utilizing her gifts, her mission is to channel inspiration and healing and help spread some light. Empowering others to create the life of their dreams is the ultimate goal.

Kim is happily married (21+ years) and lives with her husband, son and their animal companions.

"I had a teacher who told us to go out that week and see how many Mercedes cars we noticed. When I came back I told her I had seen a lot! She asked me if I had seen any junk cars. I told her I didn’t remember seeing any. The next week she reversed it and asked us to go out and see how many junk cars we noticed. Of course we noticed a lot but didn’t remember seeing any Mercedes cars. Where is your focus? Is it on the problem or on the solution and more importantly, where would you like it to be?" -- Kim Hiles

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