There is no doubt that we are in uncertain times in the midst of Corona Virus quarantine. Many of us are feeling the stress and panic of the collective. It is hard not to get sucked into the fear-based click-bait headlines that are being repetitively shared on social media.... However, in all dark situations, we have a decision to make. As we sit in the darkness, are we going to let fear take us over? Or are we going to light a candle?
As the world slows down and people's lives are put on hold, many of us are being given a break from our daily duties and responsibilities of our jobs and social activities. We are being asked to isolate and stay home. While it may feel uncomfortable, it is the perfect recipe for a deep shift in the consciousness of humanity. WE ARE BEING GIVEN A TIME OUT!!! Quarantine gives people ample time to slow down, to rest, and reflect. It gives people the space to focus on things that they "can never find time for." We are being presented with an opportunity to shift our focus to the things that matter most:
- quality time + connecting with the people we love
- making our home our sanctuary
- finding time for our creativity + hobbies
- reading books
- spending time in nature
- yoga + exercise
- FOCUS ON WELLNESS
And wow! That's a long list of incredibly positive things that are resulting from quarantine. It is unfortunate that many of these activities that are vital to our wellbeing often get neglected in the fast pace of modern life. However, sometimes it takes something incredibly hard to shift us out of the status quo. We have the opportunity to use this time to our betterment if we so choose. We can empower ourselves and uplift our communities. We can lend a helping hand (metaphorically speaking).
For those that are wanting life to "go back to normal," perhaps it never will. At least not in the same way as before. The world will be forever changed from this experience. We are all being asked to put our lives on hold, to isolate, in order to have compassion for those at risk. This is the first time in my life where I have experienced such a drastic shift in the collective mentality towards empathy for others. This shift embodies on a "no man left behind" policy instead of the "every man for himself" business as usual. Ironically, as we practice social distancing, we are bringing our communities closer together.
Why would we want to go back to a society where we neglect our wellbeing? Perhaps we will emerge on the other side of this experience as a global community with bigger hearts, open minds, and shifted priorities. We will all need to band together and help each other to find a new "normal" when quarantine is lifted.