We live in interesting times. The world is currently in the midst of upheaval like nothing any of us have ever seen in our lifetime.
It’s not a war, nor a great economic crash — it’s a virus. A microscopic invader that is hard to repel, impossible to see, and difficult to resist.
Steps are being taken to keep people as safe as possible. They are, unfortunately, drastic — but necessary.
Still, it’s important to know and acknowledge several things about this distressing situation.
- Sheltering in place/social distancing is not the cure. It IS the best way to lessen the spread of this virus.
- More people are asymptomatic than they know. Social distancing/self-quarantine protects those with weaker immune systems in many ways — more than everyone else.
- Government policy and the economy will not dictate how long this will last. People of science and medicine are who to take your cues from.
- You will not be destroyed by a lack of social interaction.
- The economy will not be irreparably damaged by this. Changed, yes, destroyed, no.
- Life on the other side of this will be changed — but you have the power to determine how that will impact you.
Bottom line — you have the power to save yourself. This is and has always been the case, but I believe this experience could highlight and put a new emphasis on this truth.
I am not disregarding the expertise of assistance from others
When you get sick, really sick, or badly injured, medical professionals can, will, and do help you. When I got hit by the car 20+ years ago it was doctors and nurses that gave me a baseline that allowed me to recover as thoroughly and totally as I did.
I had amazing medical professionals putting me back together again. However, even they were impressed by the speed and totality of my recovery.
The people who are still doing their jobs in the middle of this are not so different from you and me. They are collecting trash; ringing you out at the grocery store and pharmacy; preparing food for delivery and pick-up at restaurants; delivering food, mail, packages and the like; treating the sick and injured, whether it’s Covid-19 or another medical issue; doing tech-support to keep the internet running.
Many of these people know they are doing things that put them at risk, but they do them anyhow. Those of us not in such positions do them a solid by maintaining social-distancing to flatten out the curve and lessen the spread of the virus.
Despite what the narcissist-in-chief wants, if the medical experts say maintain quarantine come Easter weekend — those are the people you should listen to. Save yourself and follow the advice of those in the know.
That is one way in which you empower yourself further to save yourself. And, in the process, may help countless others.
Mindfulness to save yourself is not selfish
Too many people look outside of themselves for help. They allow the influence of demagogues and supposed leaders to dictate the direction of their thoughts and many of their actions.
More often than not, however, nobody else is coming to save you. Help you, maybe, offer assistance, possibly. But to actually do anything to directly impact your existence comes down to you.
Why? Because your reality and your existence are based entirely on your perception of the world in which you live. Your mindset, headspace, and sense of life, the Universe, and everything belong to only you. To get in touch with it and recognize it requires practicing mindfulness.
Mindfulness practice is not complicated — it involves being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. That awareness makes you conscious of the now, this moment, in the here-and-now. That allows you to better recognize where you stand in the world as such.
This practice takes control and influence away from your subconscious mind.
Why is that important? Because unlike your conscious mind, where you can exert influence and control, your subconscious mind is much more reactionary. All of the news and information you are continuously bombarded with embeds itself inside your subconscious mind.
This is why practicing mindfulness is so important. It allows you to take control and influence the change you can and will experience.
Some may think mindfulness practices are selfish. They could seem that way — but the truth is they are not. They allow you to make better choices and more informed decisions along the way.
Selfish acts deny others or take away from them. That is not what mindfulness is.
Be kind, be courteous, be genuine
It is far too easy as this situation goes on to get angry. People will point fingers, try to find someone or something to blame. The continued isolation of social-distancing and self-quarantine goes against most people’s need for interaction with others. That can and will take a toll on your psyche.
It will be worse if you are not practicing mindfulness.
Why? Because your subconscious, under constant attack by information overload and everything that makes that up online, on TV, and similar media doesn’t have filters like your conscious mind does. It just is, and it takes all that in — and if you are allowing it to do the driving it can and will go places you would probably rather not go.
Keep this in mind before you go off on someone, say horrid things about people (even when they are incredibly stupid), and complain about the impact this all has upon you.
It costs you nothing to be kind, courteous, and genuine. In fact, it’s a lot easier to do that than to be rude, unkind, and bombastic.
This also goes towards the work to save yourself in these uncertain times. Why? Because you won’t alienate others who are going through similar (albeit different and unique to them) experiences.
You have the power to save yourself from anything and everything. With mindfulness, you are capable of getting through this crazy world and anything it throws your way. When you work to save yourself it can influence others to do similar work, which will lessen the burden on the people who are still out there keeping things running.
What actions will you/are you taking take to save yourself?
You are worthy and deserving of using mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you and I matter, and we are empowered to save ourselves.
Originally published at http://titaniumdon.com on March 25, 2020.