The Coronavirus pandemic has invited panic into the everyday lives of the human population. Those of us who are on the journey of healing our anxieties and achieving nirvana, or at least something close to it, can be sent into a downward spiral of mental health issues.
Mindfulness meditation helps us to confront and understand our thoughts. It can help you to accept and understand that this virus is here and there is nothing we can do about it, therefore, we must make peace with it.
It’s easy to just say “be positive”, “it will soon pass”, but when you are alone with your own thoughts, being positive is the last thing you can do. This can be especially true if like me you not only suffer from anxiety but also lost a loved one during the pandemic.
Mindfulness meditation is not to forget your problems or become inactive in your life or the lives of loved ones, it’s quite the opposite. Mindfulness meditation can lead to the acceptance of circumstances, the ability to remove any emotional investment and play an active and effective role in your own life.
I’m in no way an expert, I just started my own journey, but I can say that morning meditation and yoga does give me the energy and clarity I need to tackle the day without losing my shit on my family or myself, the latter being more likely. Anxiety brings racing thoughts of doom and gloom scenarios, which fogs your thinking and leads to exhaustion, procrastination, and depression. Isolation only exacerbates these outcomes. Extroverts can experience feelings of rebellion and introverts retreat into the shadows.
Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can help with physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. I have been using the Calm and Breethe app for meditation. Since I can't make my yoga or body flow classes, I have been following Yoga with Adriene, which has been great for me. She has several videos to choose from and is a great teacher. I also combine my favorite Pilates and yoga moves for variety in my workouts. You do not have to follow every yoga move or have the perfect form, or go into a deep trance during meditation. You can simply experience your own consciousness. A few minutes per day is all you need to keep your sanity during these times.
I will leave you with this, remember that everything is nothing, therefore, you are nothing, and once you realize you are nothing, you become everything. This is the journey.
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