3-13-20 How are you handling the Coronavirus ?
“The extent of the struggle determines the extent of the growth. The obstacle is an advantage, not adversity. The enemy is any perception that prevents us from seeing this” Ryan Holiday
This post is being written on Friday the thirteenth, on a day when the Coronavirus seems to be spreading exponentially and changing our lives by the minute. Of course while making my bulletproof coffee this morning the power went out! Was this just a regular outage or was the Coronavirus hastening the end of the world? Rather than letting the worst possible scenario dominate my thoughts I practiced some Pranayama, or yogic breathing exercises to calm my mind. It worked like a charm and by the time the lights came back on I was focused on what I could control- my thoughts and my reactions to events.
It has been an interesting week watching how people are reacting to the latest challenge before us. Some people are going on with their lives as normally as possible and others are putting their lives on hold. The uncertainty of life has been magnified by things we can’t control- schools and businesses closing, the constant hype by the media, and the stock market reacting to people’s fears. It can seem overwhelming.
However, this can also be a time of positive growth for people and our society as a whole. A forced reduction of busyness can give us time to work on ourselves physically and mentally to build health and resiliency. I believe that the most important thing we can do for our health is to increase our connections rather than become more isolated. Stay in touch with loved ones, let friends and neighbors know you are available to help and keep an eye out for people in need. For yourself take the time needed to move your body and find strategies to calm the mind and focus on what’s truly important. This is a great post about being calm in a crisis that may be of help. Here is another great one courtesy of my daughter;
What a great opportunity to practice;
Practice surrender to what we cannot control.
Practice non-attachment to “the way things normally are” and become more present.
Practice yoga and breathing at home.
Practice gratitude, stillness, meditation, introspection.
Practice compassion for all beings everywhere…and use our privilege to help others.
Feed your body whole foods and increase your supplements to help boost your immune system. Get your alternative health treatments- Chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and massage can help your body be stronger! Importantly take precautions to limit your exposure- wash your hands often and avoid large gatherings.
Try not to be scared but be vigilant in your efforts to keep your mind calm and your body strong and powerful! Remember – everything is temporary!
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