“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” ~ Mother Teresa ~
“And once the storm is over
You won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive.
You won’t even be sure, in fact, that the storm is over.
But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm,
You won’t be the same person who walked in.
That’s what this storm is all about.”
~ Haruki Murakami ~
(from his novel “Kafka on the Shore”)
I have been using two timer apps for my Qigong, Meditation and Reiki practices and it is working well for me. Sharing with all here…
a) Meditation Timer & Log by TeleSoftas apps
b) Meditation Timer by Harish Kumar Chauhan
“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”
~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist~
To protect ourselves and to contain the virus, most of us are indoors. Below are some ways we can keep occupied while we are indoors.
1. Spend more time on yourself
Each of us must try to get active for 30-45 minutes each day. There are many ways to get active indoors. Some of the ways will be through qigong, tai chi, yoga, meditation, home exercise types of equipment such as the treadmill, etc.
From The Chopra Centre, free programs: https://chopra.com/free-programs
From The Box of Happiness, yoga and many more: http://theboxofhappiness.com/yoga-sequences/
From Live & Dare, free meditation and more: https://liveanddare.com/
From Flowing Zen, [COVID-19 Support] Learn Qigong Online from Me for Free During the Crisis: https://flowingzen.com/21150/learn-qigong-online-from-me-for-free-during-the-covid-19-crisis/
From Reiki Rays, on Reiki resources: https://reikirays.com/
2. Less Clutter, More Energy Flow
The lesser things you have, the more positive energy flows in. Are there things that need cleaning/clearing at your surroundings, closets, kitchen cabinets, etc.? When you are focused on cleaning/clearing, it will relieve you from the stress.
Clean & Happy Nest, Bright Ideas for Better Living: https://cleanandhappynest.org/wpd/category/bright-nest/
How To Make Your Home Totally Zen in 10 Steps: https://freshome.com/inspiration/how-to-make-your-home-totally-zen-in-10-steps/
3. Hobbies: Handicrafts / Sewing / Crochet / Knitting / Paint / Drawing / Colouring
Focus on hobbies that increase your creativity. When your creativity levels are high, there is no place for stress and negativity. There are many online options available.
Crochet Basic Stitches from Karen Costello Soltys: https://www.shopmartingale.com/images/marketing/how-to/pdf/BasicCrochetStitches.pdf
Spend more time with the plants and feel connected and grounded to nature. Some things you can consider is to grow a new type of plant, repot an existing plant or redecorating your garden space.
The Micro Gardener: https://themicrogardener.com/ten-tips-for-creating-beautiful-gardens/
The Spruce, Apartment Gardening for Beginners: https://www.thespruce.com/apartment-gardening-for-beginners-4178600
5. Journal writing
Are you feeling angry and stressed? You can always write out your thoughts and feelings in a journal. By doing that, not only you are releasing all anxiety to the paper, you are lightening the load from yourself.
Tips to start a journal writing from wikiHow: https://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-Journal
Heard of this? Get creative about this.
What Is Scrapbooking? by Rebecca Ludens: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/what-is-scrapbooking-2960505
Scrapbook Ideas for Beginners: 25 Inspiring Layouts by Megan Andersen: https://www.creativelive.com/blog/scrapbook-ideas-for-beginners/
7. Sing and Hum to yourself
Sing and hum to yourself…
Singing And Humming To Yourself Can Have A Huge Impact On Your Body’s Health: https://www.littlethings.com/singing-humming-benefits
8. Cooking / Baking
With all the panic buying and stockpiling, this can be a bit challenging. Let’s be creative and create simple dishes or bake new items to try.
9. House Improvement Works
You can consider repainting your home or doing some simple home improvement works. And if you are intending to paint walls, why not use the stencils and get creative?
How to Make Wall Stencils: https://www.toolnerds.com/how-to-make-wall-stencils/
10. Write a story
Have you ever wanted to be an author or write a story? There are many online tools available to create a story online.
For Children: https://www.imagineforest.com/
My Storybook: https://www.mystorybook.com/
11. Reading Books / Inspirational Guides
Do you still have old books stored away? It will be a good time to get them to re-read. If your nearby library is closed, you can also consider reading the electronic version of books.
A standard size paper of 75 x 75mm and you can make amazing crafts. It is a fantastic activity for the whole family. But do take note that origami paper comes in several sizes.
From Origmi.me: https://origami.me/
13. Board Games / Card Games
Board and/or card games will bring the nostalgic feeling of the good old days! At the same time, it will provide a break from electronics.
Top 10 Health Benefits Of Board Games: https://howgameareyou.com/health-benefits-board-games/
14. Other Ideas
Coronavirus Keeping You Home? These Fun STEAM DIY Kids Activities are Parenting Rescues! by SassyMama: https://www.sassymamasg.com/parenting-coronavirus-stay-home-kids-activities/
In short, all I can say,
Be positive! Be creative!
Want to know the benefits of meditation in this difficult time?
Refer to the below link for more details:
For free 21 day meditation, refer to this link from Chopra Centre:
“We should behave like a guest in this world. We should always remember that we are guests and that we have to return home.”
~ HH Bhaktaraj Maharaj ~
Times might not be right to be celebrating this…but it is necessary to be in gratitude and in happiness whatever that can be happening around us.
Refer to this link on how we all can come together to face the crisis: https://www.dayofhappiness.net/#new
There is also a 30-day coping calendar available for download.
“We are like children building a sand castle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of colored glass. The castle is ours, off limits to others. We’re willing to attack if others threaten to hurt it. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sand castle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea.”
~ Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times ~
“If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door- or i’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore ~
Daily, all of us are receiving news of the coronavirus and how the numbers are increasing around the world. While this is no easy news to digest, this is also not the time to discriminate against a group of people and/or country. In this difficult time, all of us must be calm and positive. We should make a point to turn all negative energy into positive energy through prayers, compassion and thoughtfulness.
Below are various articles on suggestions as to how we can better manage the current crisis. Let us all come together as one united family to assist each other in this difficult time.
Amid “darkness” and confusion over the virus, there is still hope…and every single hope begins with each one of us.
Love & Peace,
Sources of Information
From Sadhguru on Coronavirus Outbreak in China (YouTube Video)
From The Chopra Center, Sheila Patel, M.D., Chief Medical Officer “Anxious About the Coronavirus? Here Are Eight Practical Tips on How to Stay Calm and Support Your Immune System”
“Healing COVID-19 – Method to Transmute the Diseased Energy”, by Saummitta A Mazumdar
From Live & Dare, Giovanni D., “Meditation and the Coronavirus”
From Sassy Mama, “10 Things Parents Should Know About Coronavirus (That We’ve Already Learned in Singapore)”
From Flowing Zen, Sifu Anthony, “11 Practical Tips For Dealing with the Coronavirus”
From Ministry of Health Singapore, Infographics
Reiki Practitioners / Healers, you might find this useful:
“Eradicate Coronavirus”, by Rinku Patel
“There is a saying in Tibetan,
‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
~ Dalai Lama ~
“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. So start each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for. Your future will depend very largely on the thoughts you think today. So think thoughts of hope and confidence and love and success.”
“I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world.”
“And when all that was left was ashes, she would again clothe herself in flame. Rising from the dust of her past to rekindle the spark of her future. She was a Phoenix, her own salvation; rebirthed, renewed, resurrected.”
My workplace is located at a University Campus. During late June and July, the scene of the University grounds changes to that of graduation, plenty of posing for photos in the graduation gowns, with friends and family, happy moments, etc. Graduation or other words, upgrading to the next level is not only restricted to students who are studying. It is also applicable to all of us too. In our daily life, we are always learning – learning from experiences, relationships, emotions, feelings and more. Therefore, should we not be graduating too? Yes! Definitely.
Just like how a student goes through his difficulties in his education term, we too experience that in our daily life. Each day, we become newer and wiser with our experiences. We also must celebrate our graduation from our good old self to our better self. Past mistakes, regrets and negative attributes – who does not have it? On and off we need to reflect upon our past self and congratulate our new self…
If we do this regularly, we would have plenty of reasons to love our new self and embrace new beginnings (or openings) in our life…
Happy daily graduation everyone!