The coronavirus and need for spiritual wellness
There are three levels of response to the COVID-19 outbreak: How does it affect us physically, mentally, and spiritually? Physical response came first, and everyone now knows about self-isolation, social distancing, and testing. The second effect on our psyche is to be experienced personally, but only with restless answers and advice. The best advice in the mental field is meditation and yoga, relaxation techniques and every day making sure to find not only relaxation but also joy and comfort in your life.
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The virus makes the need for a positive psychological response more urgent, and the good news is that meditation and yoga are good for anti-stress, which is associated with a strong immune response.
But it is the third area, the spiritual impact of the outbreak, that is neglected even though the presence of death, like it or not, creates concern about the state of our souls. Spiritual wellbeing is alien to many people’s daily lives, and with the decline of organized religion, millions of people are experiencing a sick soul, however you choose to define it – fatigue of the heart, existential fear, a sinking feeling that nothing really matters – without finding a way out.
Spend no more than a few minutes diagnosing these feelings. Everyone experiences them. Nor is there any need to make metaphysical speculations about what life is about. Instead, you can improve the state of your soul in the following ways:
- Have meaning and purpose.
- To love and be loved.
- Self-worth, a sense of your own worth.
- Type in inner peace and joy.
- Serve others.
- Generosity of spirit.
We don’t need to apply the words “religious” or “spiritual” to these healing methods. They are based on long traditions, both East and West, that have studied and understood the human condition. In fact, they are practical. They give you a sense of control over your life. By bringing you closer to your soul, mind, higher consciousness, or deeper self (choose any term you prefer), these things reverse the most damaging spiritual trend in modern society: the desperate urge to get before ourselves to flee.
Your soul is the most intimate part of you and will not be found when you run away. Write how you can perform an act of kindness today, show appreciation, offer help to someone in need, or give comfort to someone feeling lonely and fearful – the simple human gestures we often overlook. In a time of crisis, the impulse is to go into emergency mode, fear, worry and panic. If you give in to these impulses, an epidemic of soul sickness will start.
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I particularly want to underline the problem of finding inner peace and joy that may seem a distant possibility right now and in the months ahead. In the wisdom traditions of the world in every culture it has been taught that inner peace and joy are only available by looking within. The Old Testament says, “Be still and know that I am God.” The New Testament says that the kingdom of heaven is within. The Indian Vedic tradition says that ananda or bliss is in the heart of creation.
Universal truths don’t matter until they are true for you personally. The secret that the wisdom traditions convey to the world is that your self-awareness, the simple experience of “I am”, is the gateway to inner peace and joy. Meditation is nothing more than being alone in silence with yourself and letting your awareness go to the place where peace and joy are eternal. This is how you test an eternal truth and make it true for yourself.
It doesn’t really matter what type of meditation you are doing; Using a simple mantra like “So hum” is effective, but you can find meditation instructions online anywhere. The point is that of all the ways to find spiritual fulfillment, this is the most lasting, satisfying, and meaningful.
– Posted by Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP
Chopra is the founder of the Chopra Foundation, a non-profit organization for research on wellbeing and humanity, and Chopra Global, a health company at the intersection of science and spirituality. Chopra is a pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is a clinical professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California at San Diego and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is the author of more than 89 books translated into 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His latest and 90th book is Metahuman: Unleash Your Infinite Potential (Harmony Books).
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