Each week of the coronavirus pandemic brings more unexpected change. All of a sudden, grocery store checkers and the people who take orders at casual dining restaurants are behind glass, creating a barrier to social exchange and a feeling of more isolation.
The beaches and parks here have closed, but we’re allowed to walk, run and bicycle in our neighborhoods. The definition of “neighborhood” is vague, and some folks are outraged that others are crossing into their territory and allegedly spreading germs.
We’re now living in a totalitarian state controlled by our own fear, and we know that fear and anxiety weaken and suppress the immune system. So how do we stay healthy and hopeful during these trying times?
For me, it helps to get outside for sunshine, nature and fresh air. Smiles from people I see while walking encourage me. Friends who are willing to talk openly and honestly about their feelings and visions sustain me. Words and videos from extraordinary leaders like Michael Beckwith, Lee Harris and Charles Eisenstein lift me up.
We’re going through a collective rite of passage, and we don’t yet know what will emerge on the other side. We have the choice to retract into worry and fear, or we can shift our focus away from the common enemy to a vision of what we want to see in the world — a kind and just global society where all beings and the planet thrive. Through our imaginations, we have the power to make it so.
I think you might enjoy this recent article written by Marian Brehmer titled “16 Teachings from COVID-19.”
What are you doing to uplift yourself during this challenging time? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Collage at top of page: “Seeking Comfort in Old Patchwork Quilt,” 20 x 16 inches, mixed media on canvas panel