Your Spirit Squad
By: Martha Eleftheriou
When life gets tough and you feel completely depleted as a parent, stop, ask for help and learn how to receive the help. There are two main groups you can turn to for support. The first one is the human group such as trusted and reliable friends and family, and the second group is your spiritual squad of supporters. These include God/universe/source, angels, ancestors, spirit guides, animal guides and your higher self or eternal soul. While I’m grateful to have strong support from the human group in my life which surely aids in helping me keep my sanity at times when the demands of parenting, running a busy household, and running my own businesses seem too much, the other day I was surprisingly reminded about the power of the second group- the spiritual group or my spiritual squad as I like to refer to them.
The other day, I was debating on going to the hospital’s emergency room because of some chest pains I had been experiencing throughout the day. By the evening, my mind had gotten quite anxious over what these pains could mean and I decided that I would go to the hospital after my daughter’s school winter concert (I know, you’re probably thinking I should have gone right away, but I guess, like all mothers, we put our kids needs ahead of our own without even thinking about it) Before you start to wonder- everything is fine! I am A-Okay and very grateful to be in perfect health.
Let me back up a bit for now, while watching the school play, my mind began to get anxious wondering if I was having a heart attack with these pains (my father suffers from a chronic heart condition that may or may not be genetic) and I could feel my anxiety meter rising. I was still debating whether or not I should really go to the hospital and a little voice inside of me said, “just go.” I didn’t want to alarm my daughter so after the concert ended, I told her I would take her home and her dad would put her to bed while I went out to run an errand. While driving to the hospital, I did my best to breath mindfully inhaling and exhaling through the nose as my mind raced around about what could be wrong with me. I spoke with my mother and sister who offered to come with me, but I felt alright to be going on my own. It was as though I needed to do this on my own.
When I got into the hospital parking lot, I could feel myself starting to get emotional and I began to cry. I was scared. I was afraid that maybe I wouldn’t ever be coming out of here. I turned off my car and began walking toward the emergency doors in the dark, cold, winter night when I felt the presence of three figures walking with me. The first was my higher self, who appears to me as a very old woman with long flowing grey hair and a white long gown, she was walking next to me on my right and she turned to me and said, “Don’t worry, you’re going to be more than okay.” I breathed a sigh of relief and, as I continued to walk, I felt the presence of two overwhelmingly large angels walking behind me, almost like bodyguards, who also gave me a message that said, “We’ve got your back. You’re not alone.” In that moment, I felt a huge sigh of relief. I felt so supported and loved. I knew that although I was alone physically, my spirit squad was right there along with me.
As I waited for hours for the results from all the tests that were conducted, everything turned out perfectly normal and the most logical explanation the doctor and I concluded was that I had pulled some of the pectoral (chest) muscles during yoga.
I drove home completely exhausted but in a state of deep gratitude for my health being great and for the spirit squad that showed up to literally walk beside me and give me the emotional and mental strength to take care of myself. As I reflect on this experience, I’ve been reminded of some important lessons. Firstly, a strong spiritual practice will always support you in any time of need, you don’t even have to ask, your spirit squad will be there when you need them, however, it’s important to hone your relationship with spirit regularly in order to recognize and accept their love and support. And secondly, we are so much stronger than we could ever be on our own when we know have the spiritual support of spirit.
Remember, you are never alone. You can always ask for and receive the help and support at any time.
Martha Eleftheriou is married and a mother to two beautiful daughters ages 8 and 1 years old. She is a transformational and spiritual Life Coach, a certified elementary school teacher (OCT), Reiki Master and Yoga Teacher (RYT). Aside from passionately working with people in helping them to uncover their dreams and purpose, she loves reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, as well as taking regular nature walks. On the inside, she is an eternal soul seeker. She loves to question, ask, learn, un-learn, re-learn and live her life as true to her core values of love, compassion, honesty, and service as best as she possibly can. She lives with her family in King City, Ontario, Canada.