“Sitting still as a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it;”
― Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going NowhereGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/75520.Pico_Iyer
With the threats of coronavirus and other treatment resistant diseases, these are times of isolation. I, myself, have started wearing a surgical mask while traveling. Not out of fear so much, but as a practical guard against the usual colds and flu that run rampant this time of year. My husband has had a health crisis, so in our family unit, it’s important to stay well.
Wearing a mask feels isolating. Once accustomed to it, I found it to be sort of like the blinders used for drafting horses to stop distraction at the peripheral. It is comforting to have a limited view; to breathe my own air; to be visually unavailable to others behind the mask. Given the origins of this latest disease are China and the passage of the Chinese New Year just occurred, I look to that model for an understanding of how to navigate these chilling times. The year of the rat is a time of renewal and shrewd resourcefulness which certainly is needed for this situation. Disease divides, quarantines and isolates. And in a sense, this isolation could also be a time of retreat or rebirth if one chooses to see it that way. Holy people go into isolation by choice frequently. This may be a time for those who feel that separation to come to a quiet place within and build energy from within to stir immunity and develop powerful reserves. It is best if we are not distracted or distraught in our isolation. Instead, our focus is better to be pristine. Only and always concentrate on building personal power, creating life, and connecting energetically with others in the full force of love. In this way, we will keep our bodies well and our love and source energies vibrating for a future time of gathering and surging forward as a group of strong and healthy warriors of love. And so, collectively we can use this challenging time as a retreat to build strength and clarity.