As every individual human being has their ups and downs, so does mankind. Each of us regularly faces various hardships, which are, in fact, results of our prolonged periods of stagnation in numerous areas of our life. That’s the purpose of every hardship-an opportunity for awakening, for change.
Collective entities like families, nations, or the whole of humanity, also experience recurring challenges, similar to individuals. Whenever there is stagnation and lethargy in our collective mind, a big change is inevitable.
Our species is facing difficult times. The history of mankind is rich with these episodes-wars, diseases, earthquakes, floods, economic crises… We are currently experiencing such a period. The COVID-19 pandemic is a harsh reminder for us all to wake up.
Our collective mind is overwhelmed with this pandemic. Our individual minds are immersed in this sea of fear and anxiety, too. Can you feel it? Do you often find yourself thinking about coronavirus threat, numerous fatalities, looming danger of becoming infected, or the economic crisis it has already generated? Most probably you do. The majority of people are strongly drawn to that whirlpool.
Anxiety and fear are the natural response to the unknown, and these conditions are certainly abundant with many unknowns and concerns. So, do not blame yourself or others for that.
How to Cope with COVID-19 Fear?
So, what can one do in this situation? Here are some guidelines for staying healthy, safe, mentally and emotionally stable, and even for turning this challenging time into a unique opportunity for your development.
1. Follow the Instructions of Authorities
This is the first and most important thing. Follow all the instructions and measures imposed by the government and medical authorities. This is essential.
3. Apply the ATI Technique Whenever Possible
To overcome the fear and anxiety related to COVID-19, my strong recommendation is to use a quick but very effective mental/emotional technique that may be applied in every other situation as well. Its name is Accepting the Temporary I (ATI).
As soon as you learn it, you will instantly recognize its astonishing efficiency. Whenever you become aware of your anxiety or fear, apply the ATI method and you will sense an immediate relief.
So, when you want to dissolve an unwanted experience with the ATI technique, you will:
1) Direct your attention to it and pinpoint its location (if possible);
2) Feel your “Temporary I” from which you are experiencing the content, and finally,
3) Completely accept the “Temporary I.”
Temporary I is your current I-feeling. It is the place or small area in your body where you feel your sense of “I” is most noticeable at that particular moment.
The ATI technique is described in detail here, while the concept of Temporary I and how to find it is depicted here.
You can do the ATI in countless common situations, especially in coping with typical anxiety, such as the fear of COVID-19 pandemic and its possible disastrous consequences.
For example, if you become aware that you are overwhelmed with fretful thoughts, you can accept and dissolve your Temporary I from which you are experiencing them. They will disappear, at least for a while. Or, if you find yourself flooded with emotions of fear, worry, angst, or anger, notice the location of your Temporary I and accept it.
Of course, if this mind content on which you were doing the ATI arises again, just repeat the procedure until it vanishes. Similarly, if you are in the company of a nervous or irritating person, you may quietly accept several times the Temporary I from which you are feeling the annoyance.
While you are reading articles or watching the TV news about the disease, try to do the ATI as many times as possible. This will make you stable and immune to all these bothersome influences.
Each time you do the ATI, you will notice that your unwanted mental or emotional content has vanished. At least for a while, you are free from it. However, as the ATI is only a basic Reintegration technique, it does not deal with the root of your problems.
After some practice, you will do each step of the ATI fast and easy, so the whole process will take you no more than five to ten seconds.
Mindfulness is the practice of being consciously present in the Now whenever and wherever possible. The more you develop this skill, the more you will be free from all kinds of unnecessary thoughts, body tension, disturbing emotions, and, of course, the COVID-19 anxiety.
You have to do any activity fully conscious of yourself and of the activity itself.
Although many people don’t consider it as strictly spiritual, mindfulness indeed is a purely divine practice. It leads you to your true nature while dissolving your inner conflicts softly and almost imperceptibly. Moreover, every conscious moment in the Now will gradually accumulate and make your whole life easier. It will abate or even prevent challenges.
When mindfulness becomes your intrinsic way of living, you will enjoy every task, you will become light and, in a strange way, even transparent. You will start sensing some inexplicable joy and deep inner peace. You will feel love more and more, both to yourself and the people around you.
On the Reintegration website, you can find an excerpt from my book “Inner Peace, Outer Success” about mindfulness. It describes this practice in numerous everyday situations, including how to develop specific mindfulness triggers - situations that your subconscious mind instantly recognizes as automatic activators of your conscious presence.
Accordingly, you may create mindfulness triggers from the fear and excessive thinking about this pandemic. Thus, whenever you find yourself thinking about the disease, or fearing it, you will automatically become consciously present and your thoughts and anxiety will subside.
5. Meditate Regularly
Steady meditation practice has a variety of benefits. It will provide you with additional love, health, strength, calmness, creativity, clarity, and smoothness in your life. It will surely help you a lot in these times of pandemic.
Meditation goes side by side with mindfulness. Without regular meditation sittings, your mindfulness can easily lose its foundation. Therefore, it is highly recommended to practice them concurrently.
You have countless varieties of meditation at your disposal. Within the Reintegration System, you can choose, for example, pure awareness or body/emotional awareness meditation, which are quite similar to those presented by Eckhart Tolle. You could also practice loving-kindness meditation, which is, in my opinion, very important. Meditation practice may also be focused on a mindful walk, open-focus awareness, acceptance, relaxation with the reintegration of subconscious structures, etc.
One example of “pure awareness” meditation technique is the following:
Relax. Ask yourself: “What will be my next thought?” Then just wait for the next thought, being curious and alert. This will easily bring you into Pure Consciousness, a state of Presence. Whenever something comes into your mind and disturbs your Presence, accept it wholeheartedly and go back to your question which will return you to the Presence. After some practice, you will be able to enter the state of Pure Consciousness without using any questions. The goal is merely to stay in this thoughtless state as long as possible.
You can also stick to traditional approaches, like numerous Buddhist or Yoga meditations. Keep in mind, though, that some of these traditional methods require the practitioner to stick with all other practices within that particular system.
It is essential to discipline yourself and have at least one, 15-minute meditation session every day. However, I would recommend creating an everyday habit of meditating twice a day, at least 15 minutes in the morning and the same duration in the evening. These sitting sessions should be scheduled for the same periods of the day, if possible.
Meditation will also release huge “amounts” of inner obstacles to any of your life goals, and will gradually erase all your negative tendencies, including laziness.
6. Do Your Best to Help People and Society
Helping your community, apart from its unquestionable ethical value, will significantly increase your overall level of energy and happiness.
This could mean, for example, helping an elderly neighbor get groceries. Or, maybe you could donate blood (with all measures of precautions), share some supplies or knowledge, volunteer in various charity organizations, donate money…
Avoid “panic buying.” Encourage others, give them your support in any way you possibly can, you won’t regret it! That’s a win-win situation.
This is a very interesting practice with which you will be releasing a lot of negative thoughts and accumulated stress during the day. There are many types of journaling, but, for me, the most interesting are the following:
You can find on the Internet guidelines on how to do all of the varieties of this practice.
8. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Exercise when possible. There are countless of possible exercises. For all of us who are staying at home during the lockdown, I recommend the exercises advised by healthline.com: lunges, pushups, squats, standing overhead dumbbell presses, dumbbell rows, single-leg deadlifts, burpees, side planks, sit-ups, and glute bridge. Everything is well depicted here.
Maintain a healthful diet. It typically includes a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables of many colors, whole grains and starches, fish, good fats, and lean proteins. Avoid processed foods and sugar-heavy drinks. Eating healthfully also means avoiding foods with high amounts of added salt and sugar.
Of course, there are many other recommendations for your life during the coronavirus lockdown, such as:
This infection has become present at all levels of our existence – in the collective subconscious of our species; at the level of international organizations and communities; almost all nations are already dealing with it very seriously; global and national economies are severely affected, too; almost all corporations and companies are suffering; families have drastically changed their behavior; the media are talking incessantly about the pandemic; a great majority of us, on the individual level, are frequently thinking and talking about the virus… While not yet physically all-pervading, it’s present everywhere in our mental and emotional inner space.
The calamities like this one possess a huge gravitational force that attracts and swallows up a lot of individual and group energy of people. We may call it the morphogenetic field (or morphic field).
Morphic fields are, in fact, self-sustained clumps of (usually negative) emotional group energies that tend to grow with time. They are semi-conscious entities which are “feeding” themselves with energies of similar nature radiated from people. COVID-19, like all other diseases, is such an entity, while its physical carrier is the virus SARS-CoV-2.
Destructive morphic fields are often accumulated around “dark forces entities,” that, do not be fooled, DO exist. Certainly, this is the case with this disease, too.
How do we know that these forces might be greatly involved in this global occurrences? Well, we can see what the immediate outcomes of this pandemic are: death, suffering, fear, distance, isolation… These are the attributes of dark influences.
How can we defend ourselves from such entities and energies?
In the “Power of Now”, Tolle gives us some very useful advice related to the very moment when the pain attacks: “If you are able to stay alert and present at that time and watch whatever you feel within, rather than be taken over by it, it affords an opportunity for the most powerful spiritual practice, and a rapid transmutation of all past pain becomes possible.”
In general, you need to be strongly determined to working on yourself. Regular meditation and mindfulness will calm the mind and cleanse the heart. But this is often not enough. It is necessary to actively develop love for oneself and for all beings. Love, a tranquil mind and purity of the heart attract the Beings of Light and their help.
First, if you get any symptoms that may point to COVID-19 disease (e.g., fever, cough, and difficult breathing), you must seek medical care immediately and self-isolate from others in the household.
If the medical authorities involved in your treatment agree, you may also use some additional healing strategies to aid in your recovery on top of your existing treatment. These processes should be considered only as a supplement, and not a replacement for proper medical treatment.
In addition to the Reintegration System’s typical approaches, I would recommend distance Reiki healing. Reiki is given over a distance while you are lying down or sleeping. The session lasts 45 minutes. What’s even more important, the sessions are FREE during the lockdown. So, hurry up and schedule a session. To do that, contact our Core team member Anissa Picard. Of course, the number of sessions is limited, so there is no guarantee that you will get a time slot.
Two Sides of the Coin
Yes, this disease has resulted in thousands of deaths all over the world. The healthcare workers are exhausted and desperate as never before in the last 75 years after WWII. This novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 and its disease COVID-19 has caused global fear, anguish, and a huge economic crisis. Many people will inevitably lose their jobs, sooner or later. A lot of suffering worldwide…
On the flip side, this pandemic also has its benefits. It forces irresponsible people to become more self-disciplined; it gives the majority of population an opportunity for pause and self-contemplation; it brings families together; it teaches us about the importance of life, health, and hygiene habits; it points to the transient nature of the material world; it teaches us about the true values, like compassion, solidarity, mercy, and kindness…
One thing is certain: humanity will never be the same when this storm passes. For most of us, life will be different.
I wish you a healthy and peaceful life in this challenging period.
Have a nice day and take care! :-)
Author: Jennifer Scott
Building a fruitful life for yourself takes a lot of hard work, so the thought of making major changes to it can be daunting. However, there may come a time when you’ll need to make a change, and the signs will be everywhere.
These signs can include feeling upset or dissatisfied with the state of things and daydreaming about what life would be like after making the shift. If you’ve found yourself feeling underwhelmed with life as of late, read on for suggested major life changes you can make to turn things around.
Find a Furry Friend and Prepare Your Home
Add another source of happiness to your life by adopting a four-legged family member. Whether you’re a lover of cats, dogs, or other furry friends, bringing an animal into your home can really impact each and every aspect of your life.
When you come home at the end of each day, your pet will be there to greet you. Plus, having them around benefits your health by reducing stress and blood pressure. The physical and mental health impact a pet has on you can be just as life-changing as moving them into your space.
If you do decide to bring a pet home, don’t bring them to an unsafe, ill-equipped environment. In order to start out on the right foot with your new friend, make your home as comfortable as possible for them. Have a bed, food, treats and space dedicated to them and ready to go, and make sure to pet-proof your home. Don’t forget cleaning supplies to tackle any messes your pet is bound to make. For example, you can purchase an enzymatic-based cleaner from your local pet store that eliminates stains and odors effectively.
Work Out Every Day
Regular physical activity improves cardiovascular and emotional health at the same time, according to Psych Central. Even a small amount of exercise each day can improve your quality of life, and you might lose a few pounds in the process.
If you’re turned off by the idea of joining a gym, you can start seeing results without stepping foot into one. Instead, turn your living room or home office into a “gym” each day by practicing yoga or focusing on bodyweight workouts that require little to no equipment. Consider working physical activity into other parts of your day as well.
When you arrive at work, park a few blocks from the building to get in a brisk walk before and after your shift. Take the stairs instead of elevators, and consider walking around the block after dinner each night to help your digestion along.
Exerting energy in any way can help you sleep through the night, which is just as important to your overall health as exercise. After a good night’s rest, you’ll regain the energy needed to get through a long day at work, and you can even have enough energy left over to take on a hobby in your spare time.
Pick Up A Hobby
Hobbies can be life-changing, whether you return to a hobby you dropped in the past or find a new one that resonates with you. Having a hobby enhances your life by keeping the brain sharp and reducing stress. It provides a necessary distraction from life’s chaotic moments and keeps you from feeling bored, which can be a dangerous emotion for your mental health.
Whichever hobby you choose should bring you joy and relaxation. You can try your hand at kayaking, painting, crocheting, or something unique like bird watching. The time you make for a hobby or activity in your schedule is time devoted to nothing more than leisure—and who doesn’t want that?
Allow yourself an opportunity to change your life for the better. Adopting a pet, working out and starting a hobby will take time out of your day, yes, but their impact on your life will be more than worth it. Consider making big changes to your life to achieve total fulfillment.
Author: Anissa Picard
About the Author:
There is a relatively new movement growing, not only here in the United States, but around the world. This is one that pushes every human to dare to do death differently. The Positive Death Movement is here, now, and the death doula profession has appeared right along beside it! Bridging the gaps between medical care and hospice care, the End of Life Doula is helping dying patients and their families experience more positive transitions.
In this day and age over 70% of people wish to die in their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones. End of Life Doulas or EOLDs, sometimes called Death Midwives or Death Doulas, are helping make this a possibility for many. Death is not an emergency and can become a process that is looked at as sacred, positive, and peaceful. There is quality of life and quantity of life and most prefer quality over quantity. This is human consciousness evolving to improve the transitioning process for everyone.
An End of Life Doula is simply a non-medical person who gives physical, emotional, and spiritual support at the end of life. They may provide care before, during, or after death. Physical or logistical support could be anything from respite for the caregiver(s) to running errands or cooking meals. Supporting the emotions of a patient or their family members takes compassion, presence, and a listening ear. Spiritually, a doula would do things that were in alignment with the person’s religious or spiritual beliefs, which may include: prayer, meditation, or even sometimes rituals. Hospice doctors, nurses, and personal care assistants have time constraints, while doulas do not. A doula compliments hospice care in almost every way.
An End of Life Doula is simply a non-medical person who gives physical, emotional, and spiritual support at the end of life. They may provide care before, during, or after death.
There are a variety of ways an End of Life Doula can help the dying patient and their family members in the face of death. Each and every EOLD comes to the table with their own set of skills, experience, and scope of practice. Depending on the time frame of the person’s illness, a doula may have a chance to collaborate with the patient on artifacts, be it a recipe book, a work of art, scrapbook, audio recording or a slide show. Together they are able to co-create something which speaks to who that person is and gives more meaning to the life that they have lived. This is called legacy work and is a wonderful option to provide the dying patient.
There is a myriad of services doulas are able to offer. Doulas may talk with the patient for several hours to find out how they feel about the oncoming changes both emotionally and physically. They’re there to help calm the patient and to possibly aid in pain management using meditations and/or guided imagery. Some doulas are also Reiki therapists. Reiki can help someone at the end of life to heal them spiritually and emotionally to ease their transition from this world to the next. Doulas often work with the patient on forgiveness issues, whether it be themselves who need to ask for forgiveness or the one to forgive someone. They are able to help them write letters, emails, or even have a video conference.
EOLDs are also there to educate the family about signs to expect once the process of transitioning has begun. To be with someone and their family at the end of life is truly a privilege and a blessing. In our society, we aren’t really familiar with the dying process anymore. It has been removed, tucked away in a sterile white room.
Days or hours prior to the patient’s transition, we hold vigil, holding the person’s hand, placing a lit tealight next to the bedside. Some doulas may choose to sing to the patient while holding their hand, play harp music, which helps to calm their anxiety, or perhaps music that the patient previously chose. They may have their favorite aroma floating subtly through the air, be enveloped in their favorite colored bed linens, with their family surrounding them or their beloved pets curled up next to them. It is a doula’s job to create the most loving and peaceful atmosphere possible.
I became an End of Life Doula a year ago and will never look back on that life changing career move. It was a calling and I feel extremely blessed that I heeded the call!
Emotions are precious messengers that may convey vital lessons about our lives.
There are no “positive” and “negative” or “good” and “bad” emotions. In fact, so-called “negative” emotions often carry more valuable information about our inner being than the “positive” ones.
Anger, rage, resentment, fear, anxiety, sadness, despair... All these feelings, in fact, have great transformative potential in the development of each of us. For this reason, the only possible classification of emotions would be (1) “pleasant,” (2) “neutral,” and (3) “unpleasant.” Actually, this grouping may help us in finding the proper ways of dealing with them.
Nevertheless, the only authentic way of dealing with emotions is to directly face them and reintegrate them into our whole being.
The only authentic way of dealing with emotions is to directly face them and reintegrate them into the wholeness of our being.
Dealing with Emotions
Since every emotion is, in fact, a thought with a strong energy charge, it is always expressed in our body through physical sensations.
Emotional energy is constantly reflected in the body, causing different reactions in its specific parts. It is almost always expressed as a tension of a group of muscles, sometimes accompanied by other phenomena—heat or cold, pain, sweating, heart palpitations, rapid breathing, shivering, etc.
Sometimes we are not even aware that there is a strong emotion in us that, if not reintegrated, can cause various difficulties and, eventually, illness. Focusing on the physical sensations that result from such emotions will help us more easily recognize their appearance in everyday life.
In this sense, it is very important for us to develop a continuous awareness of the presence of emotions through the recognition of their manifestations in our body.
Related to this, we have two ways of developing the awareness of the presence of emotions, that is, emotional awareness:
We have two ways of developing the awareness of the presence of emotions, that is, emotional awareness: (1) continuous awareness of physical sensations, and (2) periodic body scans.
Continuous Awareness of Physical Sensations
This awareness is, in fact, a form of mindfulness, which we may also call the conscious Presence. This type of mindfulness should include observing both external and internal contents.
When we talk about mindfulness, with the development of this skill we are gradually increasing our awareness of external stimuli—the varied images conveyed to us by the sense of sight; the sounds conveyed by our hearing; and all other content that our other senses convey.
Also, by practicing Presence, we become increasingly aware of everything that is happening in our inner world—both in the psyche and the body. Thoughts, mental images, emotions, and all kinds of physical sensations are tremendously important objects of our observation. I should also add that in mindfulness, while consciously observing various external and/or internal events, it is vital to maintain awareness of our sense of I, or self.
Another way to develop overall emotional awareness is to periodically scan the body.
Body Scans in Search of Unpleasant Emotions
Unpleasant emotions strongly affect our physical form. Each of them has its own characteristic body imprint. Some emotions cause tightness of the neck muscles, others cause stomach stiffness, some trigger tension in the chest, while certain emotions are mainly expressed on the face or in the limbs. There are also those that are expressed through the spasms across the whole body. In addition, many emotions are manifested in the body through pain, nausea, itching, and various other unpleasant bodily feelings.
Each of emotions has its own characteristic body imprint.
It seems that karma is a mysterious force that propels adequate responses to all our deeds. Outwardly, it is merely a mechanism of action and reaction within the emotional, mental, or spiritual planes. But how exactly does a right or wrong action return to us eventually? What is the mechanism of karma?
The Holographic Principle, hidden in every aspect of reality, elegantly explains the inner workings of karma.
Let us reflect upon our possible wrongdoing—for instance, we have manifested aggression toward another human being.
The action from the external world can occur even before our own similar action toward the outer world. Nevertheless, we are often unaware of their inner connection. Such actions from outside will be occurring as long as there is a part within us that corresponds to these actions.
There must be a person in our environment which represents the aggressive part of our personality. As such, that person will inevitably take similar action against us.
The Question of Conscience
Another way of getting the karmic lessons is through self-punishment. Of course, it is usually a subconscious process.
When we commit a negative deed, our conscience creates a feeling of remorse. If it is a conscious feeling, we will repent and maybe even punish ourselves deliberately for that deed.
If our regret is deeply hidden under layers of our subconscious mind, it will cunningly undermine our actions and health. It will also create an unconscious decision for self-punishment. Again, in accordance with the Holographic Principle, this decision will be projected onto the external world in the form of resentment in some people around us. In this way, our regret will eventually manifest itself through adverse events in our life or people who will harm us.
Of course, I am not saying that we should have no regret over our obvious mistakes. On the contrary, we must recognize our bad deeds from the past and correct our behavior through the reintegration work on our personality. After that, we have to move on.
You may be wondering why there are many seemingly unfair cases. It seems that there indeed are rare people without conscience, the so-called psychopaths. They may outlive many of their victims, as there is no conscience and regret within them. They do not regret their actions, and they do not punish themselves for any misconduct.
Additionally, such persons typically possess very strong egos, that may shield them temporarily from many external threats, and postpone the karmic events.
There are some cases of Nazis who had escaped the earthly hand of justice and even lived long after WWII. However, the karmic lessons eventually reach such people, too. The destructive parts of their beings that were the source of their wrongdoings are reflected in their external world in a variety of possible forms of situations and people. These external forms will inevitably find ways to pierce through the heavy shields of their egos and impact their lives in a reciprocal manner.
So, there is no invisible, higher council which decides upon the righteousness of our deeds. Neither God does this. There is no hidden force that inexplicably returns to us all our previous actions. It is simply a matter of external reflections of our inner being.
Now, it is easy to conclude that karma is the consequence of unconscious living, of unintegrated parts of our inner being which must manifest themselves in our external world. If they remain in that unnatural (unintegrated) state – there is karma. But the Holographic Principle gives us invaluable advice: if we reunite our unconscious, suppressed parts with the oneness of our being, we will become free of karma.
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