Would you ever have imagined that the world would shut down over a virus? It feels as though we are living in a sci-fi movie or “Contagion” turned nonfiction with COVID-19.
Someone on social media wrote about how this sounds like a story from a 4th grader. Because I once taught fourth grade, I agree. What do you think?
“And there was this virus and everyone was scared. And then the world ran out of toilet paper yeah, and then there was no school for like a month and then it snowed!!”
While I am not trying to make light of this horrendous pandemic that has isolated people at its least and taken livelihoods and lives at its worst, we must find humor to make it through. Since many of us have extra time, especially if we’re under stay-at-home orders, let’s take time to imagine a different future. We have been stripped of social outings and the busyness of constant activity. What will we discover in the stillness?
Humans staying home to reverse a pandemic
Humans staying home to protect the vulnerable
Humans staying home to work and learn and create
Humans staying home to stop the spread, together
Humans regarding grocery clerks & garbage collectors as *essential*
Humans spending extra time outside walking and riding
Humans zooming online to dance & sing with others
Humans shutting down their devices to play games
Humans discovering a world free from distraction
Humans discovering the beauty of nature and nurture
Humans discovering that love lights the path forward
Humans discovering that stillness isn’t so scary after all
Imagine, humans being…
Much of the above is what I have wished for, yet never imagined were possible. When COVID-19 finally disappears, what do you imagine our world to look like? How will the rainbow of humanity radiate after this deadly storm passes? We will be mourning the loss of so many lives…can we also imagine a wonderful way to honor their existence? I created a meditation video to help you connect to your light and spark your imagination.
Bloom with Bliss: Imagine Youtube video link (length 25 minutes).
Learn a bit about meditation and breathing at the beginning, or start at the 8 minute mark to begin the meditation.
Note: In this meditation, I read an excerpt from don Miguel Ruiz’s book “The Four Agreements”. When I initially read his book, this description made me shiver with resonance and possibility. I am hoping that the same happens for you! Check out this book as well as his others.
Photo credit: Ella Rose Appell (with Bridget Rose Burke)