I hope and wish that when you read this, you’re in a state of vibrant health and have survived all these months doing the best you can. I further wish that your dear ones too are immune thus far from any health blip either through ‘the virus’ or any other means. If both scenarios are valid, I hope you can spare a smile as you read this.
When I wrote this article on Corona a few months back, I presumed that what we knew as normalcy would be resumed by July at least. So many astrological predictions pointed to that scenario as well. All of the presumptions and speculations fell flat. Some point out that a few people had calculated mid-September to be the time when the threat of the virus starts reducing. Some optimists reckon the majority of the world is not getting any respite until 2022, that it at least from the virus or other related calamities.
The disruption of dreams, hopes, plans, job cuts, financial dip, altered lifestyles and mental health challenges like anxiety has impacted so many of us. I say if you have survived thus far, take a moment, express gratitude and smile again.
Perhaps you like me have stopped giving a thought to the timing of the much anticipated and yearned freedom from the fear of the virus. Unless we are a team of scientists capable of deriving a cure, what is the best response that we can give?
To try our best to remain safe and do not add to the already humungous problem.
In recognition of my status as an ordinary human, I endeavour to make peace with my situation as it is on a daily basis.
Last week, I saw a beautiful movie called, ‘Eat, Pray, Love‘ an adaptation of the book by the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert. When I shared about my pleasant experience of watching the film, many of my friends agreed with my opinion of the film and further suggested me to read the book which they claim is much better than the movie itself. So, here’s one part of the weekly suggestion. 😄
In the movie the central character, Liz takes a journey to Italy, India and Bali. Considering I cannot travel at this moment, it felt so good to be able to travel virtually and perceive another life journey, and it’s unique experiences. I found myself being profusely grateful for the technology at hand.
This technology allows me to undertake experiences like watching a movie sitting at home, and it has also allowed me to stay in touch with friends and family.
Technology has kept me aware of the developments all around the globe.
Technology has allowed me to stay indoors as far as possible and be able to order essentials online at ease.
Technology has allowed me to learn new things sitting in my comfortable home and even experiment with tools for inner well being.
Technology allows me to share my ideas with you. 😊
Can we even imagine ourselves in another era in such a situation and not having the comfort that we get to experience now?
I certainly cannot.
This perspective shift has helped me tremendously since the past week. I find myself appreciative of each day that I wake up healthy and find that my loved ones too, have survived another day. I have also been focussing on creating rituals and routines for myself, which are helping tremendously.
I find myself sincerely appreciate the genius of cultures and religions that have emphasised on daily rituals. Consciously crafting your personal routines helps one go through each day with ease, and often you even end up forgetting your worries and anxieties.
Some of the things working for me these days are:
- Good hydration
- Eating optimally (and ensuring I have a stock of good quality sweets😋)
- Moving the body by doing some exercise of my choice like Surya Namaskars
- Regular meditation practice
- Journaling out my ideas and thoughts
- Creating time for leisure activities like reading fiction, consuming good quality cinema or television
- Taking out some time to play games and make the inner kid happy.
- Looking for opportunities to be of service to someone.
What has been working for you?
I sincerely hope you can appreciate the magic of being alive.
Stay healthy and vibrant,
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WEEK:
I have already suggested you a movie/book above. I loved the narrative and experience of a woman who has a sudden epiphany about her life and decides to break some patterns. Be sure to check that out.
I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you check out the Inner Engineering Online Program offered by Sadhguru. I completed the full Inner Engineering program back in 2015 and since then been consistent with the meditation practice I was taught. The practice, called Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya, has positively impacted my physical and mental health. It’s a dose of joy in my everyday routine.
The online program doesn’t teach you that meditation though you are guided through a different meditation at the end of each session. The USP of the online experience is some of the practices and tools shared. They are so amazingly on spot that I have been gushing about them ever since I enrolled in it. I completed my course yesterday. I found the course to be a huge blessing and support in helping me remain stable and joyous amidst all the uncertainties.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I do not recommend something with such force (unless it’s the Batman movies by Nolan). However, the Inner Engineering online course needs to reach many people. I hope you get to do it. If you do, I’d be excited to hear about your experience.