Strange days indeed. When a hug or handshake could be, I guess, lethal? When what human comfort we long to give, we must give via pixels?
In this time of COVID-19, when “social distancing” has become our norm, I wonder what is being ingrained into the minds and energy-bodies of today’s children. Everything is a potential threat, particularly the hands of others. Any surface we touch could potentially be contaminated. We must be on high-alert at all time.
This is starting to be ingrained in me as well. How strange it is that now, when I see people interacting on a TV show, I’m conscious of how close their faces are? Back up, I find myself thinking. Droplet alert!
I don’t know what to think about all this. But it makes me sad. Isolation is not a healthy state for any human, and I can’t imagine living alone right now (or living without furry companions).
What I do know is that there are more ways to touch than through the physical realm. When a friend was barred from seeing her dying mother because the nursing home closed to visitors, I texted, “I believe that you can contact your mother by getting quiet and reaching for her in your mind and heart.”
Maybe this time of physical distancing will shorten our learning curve (as a species) for connecting through other means. I don’t mean Zoom or FaceTime, though those are a godsend.
I mean: Think of someone, put them in your heart, and part of you is with that person in that moment.
I mean: Connect by touching the same earth, reaching for the same sky (as a recent EmbodieDance class explored).
I mean: Feel how we are each more than our molecules, bigger than our bodies, part of the All in All. Meet me there.
Gratitude: A snuggly nap with my cat, Edgar (Eddie).
Tip of the Day: See if it’s possible to replace worry with a heart-connection, or prayer, or spiritual delegation. Send the object of your concern a lighter energy than worry. (But don’t be hard on yourself if you do worry. Lord knows these are worrisome times.)
Resource of the Day: Meditation teacher Tara Brach is offering a free online mindfulness class to improve sleep and address anxiety. It is free until March 30, so check it out soon. You can download it and take the course later.
Wishing you expanded awareness during this contracted time!
Friends who seem to bear this self isolation more easily are those with pets, purring, barking heart warming pets. I understand and ,at the same time, envy. Not in the jealousy sense, but in the human sense of loneliness. May peace find us all.
I originally titled this “Loneliness in the Time of…” Jack, I am holding you in my heart.