Coping with the Pandemic – MEDITATION & CREATIVITY

published on: 03/29/20 2:51 AM

Since my last blog (a week ago) we, in England are now in lock down, not fully but mostly! A lot has changed very quickly in the last two weeks. We have had to literally take life day by day, not knowing what tomorrow will bring.  

It has been great to see all the online resources, activities and support that has popped up this last week to enable people to continue engaging in hobbies, classes, games and all sorts, especially feeling connected with each other.

Children are now being home schooled. Most of us are working from home.  

I must say I have enjoyed having time at home. Appreciating how time has ‘slowed’ down. We often complain that we don’t have enough hours in the day but now we have been given plenty of hours in each day.  

How are you filling your time? Last week I wrote about 1) Getting those odd jobs done 2) Appreciating what we have and being grateful 3) Connecting with others virtually.  

It is so important to look after your mind, body and soul. Everything needs to be in balance for overall harmony and well being. Here are a few things that you can do: 

Meditate

Take 10 minutes out of each day.  A simple meditation suitable for beginners is just sitting or lying in a comfortable position, closing your eyes, and becoming aware of how you feel in your body and focusing on your natural breath. Do this for a few moments.  

Then take a deep breath in through your nose (count to four) and a long breath out from your mouth (count to six). Repeat this five times. With each breath just relax deeper and deeper into your body.  

This is a great refresher, especially if you are a parent who is homeschooling you might need the breather! You can also get your children involved. 

Creativity

Try something creative that you have not done for a while. Bring that inner child out. Draw, paint or do some crafts. I asked my friends to ask their children to draw their magical worlds and send them to me. It is so important for children (and adults) to believe in magic right now, with what is happening in the world.  

Getting children to create their magical worlds is so powerful as they can let their imagination run wild and create whatever feels right to them giving a sense that anything is possible.

Parents, if you join in too, that is a wonderful activity to do together.  Here is a collection of what my friend’s children made: 

Keep fit 

If you are finding that you are not exercising, at least create some time for some daily stretches and light movement and drink plenty of water. 

Go within

Now is a perfect time to re-evaluate your life. Use the time to reflect. How were you living your life before COVID 19? What are you realising during this semi lock down? What do you want to be different in your life post COVID 19? Use this time to reflect and an opportunity to touch base with yourself.  

Keep faith  

We have all been ‘forced’ into isolation by the universe, mother nature or God (however you may look at it). Although this is a really turbulent time in many ways, have faith that what is happening is for the greatest good of all.

It may not make any sense now, or it even might make sense to you depending where you are in your life and on your beliefs.

Have faith that there is a bigger picture and higher purpose at play.  

Use the isolation to help you to become more connected with yourself so that when you come out the other end you can start to live an even more meaningful and grateful life than before. 

Warm wishes

Sukhi

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