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Activity reduction results from social distancing caused by the fear of coronavirus contamination. The recommendation is to stay separate, and to not interact with people to help slow or prevent spreading the coronavirus. This is leading us to pay less attention to the outside world, which is making us pay more attention to the “inside word.”
I love quotes from brilliant people who’ve lived in the past.
For example, Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and theologist born in 1623.
“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
I believe Pascal touches on the issue that we’re going through right now with need to “social distance” ourselves to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
According to Pascal, we fear the silence of solitary existence, and we dread boredom because it’s easier to choose aimless distractions to help us avoid our problems or our emotions.
We’ve never learned the art of solitude; and because it is unknown, it creates panic.
How can we optimize the opportunity that this social isolation brings us?
What will we be able to discover if we gracefully accept the chance to be quietly alone?
Bruce and I have been on a road trip (Arizona to Colorado) for a friend’s wedding celebration. During our trip we’ve made several stops in the Navaho Indian Reservation and we’ve learned some wisdom that I would like to share with you.
Here’s a message from the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers:
“As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you are used to. You will stop working so hard at getting from point A to point B the way you have in the past, but instead, will spend more time experiencing yourself in the whole, and your place in it. Instead of traveling to a goal out there, you will voyage deeper into yourself. Your mother’s grandmother knew how to do this. Your ancestors from long ago knew how to do this. They knew the power of the feminine principle… and because you carry their DNA in your body, this wisdom and this way of being is within you. Call on it. Call it up. Invite your ancestors in. As the yang-based habits and the decaying institutions on our planet begin to crumble, look up. A breeze is stirring. Feel the sun on your wings.”
Find below a picture of a “Navaho Hogan” – a place for ceremonies, with door facing east to welcome the rising sun for wealth and good fortune.
In other words, I believe that where we place our attention, creative energy follows.
If we pay attention to what we don’t want, more of it will happen. In a collective level it can manifest as a deadly virus that threatens our existence.
American President Franklin Roosevelt once said:
“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”
Mother Teresa refused to protest against war:
“I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I will never do that,
but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”
Do you see the difference?
Activity reduction results from social distancing caused by the fear of coronavirus contamination. The recommendation is to stay separate, and to not interact with people to help slow or prevent spreading the coronavirus.
This is leading us to pay less attention to the outside world, which is making us pay more attention to the “inside word.”
As we reduce physical activity, we can increase mental activity – we can think more, we can worry more, and we can get lost inside our heads. This is a natural human reaction. The worst thing you can do is to sit in desperation as you connect to the coronavirus drama all over the Internet.
Let’s think in terms of opportunities:
Here are a few answers that came to me:
We are slowing down, practicing solitude and introspection; we are cultivating patience and self-esteem. This is a collective reminder that we are meant for something greater.
What is it that you couldn’t or wouldn’t do before that you now have time to do?
Virginia Wolf, a major writer of the 20th Century, said:
“An hour, once it lodges in the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty
or a hundred times it’s clock length.”
As we continue marching forward into the future and we have more time on our hands because we don’t need to drive to work or go to restaurants or social gatherings, we can practice stretching time to create our vision.
Social distancing is not about coronavirus! It’s about evolution! It’s self-actualization! It’s time to listen to our intuition and grow our ability to self-healing. We will be learning to speak fewer words, and perhaps this will lead us to telepathy!
It’s time to unleash our brain to full expression! Individually and organically! Creatively discovering financial freedom! Emotionally being more capable for living without fear.
Self-isolation isn’t about coronavirus, it’s about our evolution! Let’s welcome new thoughts and solutions to create the NEW EARTH we crave to live in!
Social distancing – love it!
We’re part of the ocean that represents life. We have no control over the waves, but we can choose not to surf them, and remain calm at sea.
Love and light