I prayed the sick may heal from this COVID-19 aka Novel Coronavirus. I hoped my own small token of social-distancing compliance might help to bring peace and safety to hearts, minds, and bodies. I wished the world would turn off the voices of fear, yet stay home to combat contagion.
This is called retreat or bow-out. While in retreat, darkness enlightens. We discovered blessings. One of the many blessings is mindfulness. It is an awareness of our interconnectedness.
Juxtaposing, the “social distancing” we are asked to practice is a call for empathy. It is not a decision made from a self-centric viewpoint; it is an act for universal community health - from our grandparents, children, friends to our neighbours around the globe.
In the safety of our dwellings, we can consciously spend time in:
calming the anxious,
writing to love ones,
checking in on the elderly,
learning new things,
work if possible,
focusing on our health,
healing Mother Earth,
and reconnecting in a more meaningful way.
Slow down. Breath. Lead by example. Others will follow suit when they feel your calm and purpose.
From a distance, with love and purpose,
Rachel conducts gardening, culinary and fermenting workshops/retreats at her home on 100 acres in Northern Ontario, Canada, where she lives in creative harmony with nature. Rachel’s mission is to ensure the wisdom of our ancestors is preserved for future generations.
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