The lockdown imposed in many countries to combat the novel coronavirus (CoVid-19) has caught people unaware. This is perhaps the first time in the experience of all generations alive on this planet that such a situation has come about. Hence, there is no experience and prior wisdom on how to go about and handle oneself in this situation.
The society taught us to live a routine life of several hours of work (or study) and then a few hours of spending time with family. Occasionally, there is a family vacation or a trip with friends. But we were never prepared for a situation where we have to be in our homes with our family members, or may be alone, and spend the whole time there.
But then, there is the key. We have time now, and whole lot of it.
Isn’t that the pet gripe we always had – that we don’t have time for ourselves.
And you say you don’t know what to do with it? Come on.
Of course first things first.
Stock up your supplies which can last you for about a week or ten days. Please be considerate and do not do hoarding.
Every country has enough resources to meet everyone’s need, but not everyone’s greed, said Gandhi. So please stock only as much your need and keep trust in your government, who is ensuring essential supplies to reach the market, so that you don’t need to panic.
Also, please remember to maintain social distancing while on the streets and take adequate precautions as rolled out in safety guidelines.
Appreciate Help – Practice Compassion
I guess most of you have let your domestic helps off. So the daily chores have to be done wholly by you or shared among the family members.
This is the time to appreciate each other’s help. Also, appreciate the help of your domestic servant or maid in normal times. Spend some time reflecting on this aspect of your usual existence.
How much do we think about all these small helps from people around us that make our lives run smoothly? Or do we take them for granted?
If it had been the latter one, this strange time will help you appreciate their efforts in making your life run smooth. And hopefully you will emerge out a person who would no longer take their presence in your life as granted. This means being more considerate and compassionate towards them, which are the foremost qualities of a human being.
Also, think about those people working on the frontline during this emergent scenario. Our doctors, police, essential supply vendors and so many others who have to go out there to ensure the society runs smoothly and is able to combat the pandemic without paranoia. Fill your hearts with gratitude for these heroes.
Help them help you. Stay home stay safe.
Transform Your Life
Practicing appreciation is the first step to transforming your life. It makes the the earth in you soft with the moisture of compassion and gratitude, on which the seeds of transformation can be sowed. In time, it will grow into a beautiful plant with colorful flowers and lush green leaves.
As it takes time and care for a plant to grow and flower, it takes time and care for you to transform your life towards a better a fulfilling existence.
But now you have the time. And the posts in this series will lead you towards the care you need to give yourself and the actions that you can take towards your own growth.
Let us not waste this lockdown period only on binge watching and video gaming. They are good for temporary relaxation, but if you wish a more permanent establishment of serenity in your life, you need to sow the seed of transformation now.
If you are with me on this, read through Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of the series to know how exactly you can do that.
- Part 1 : Practice Attentive Living and Mindfulness
- Part 2 : Develop Your Skills to Develop Your Brain
- Part 3 : Dive into Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama
- Part 4 : Walk the Four Paths to God (even if you are a non-believer)
– Sacred Union –
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