Grocery shopping, usually an enjoyable experience for me was a journey into self-mastery. because I absorb and am naturally very sensitive to the energy of those around me. As I quietly walked through the store, the fear and anxiety were palpable. I witnessed out of control, panicked and worried people collecting multiple carts with several family members, pushing, shoving and racing through the store scooping large quantities of merchandise into their carts as if the world was coming to an end. While there was a temptation to find fault and judge, for my own self-protection I remained focused on what I was doing, stayed to myself and concentrated on departing when I was done.
The condition of the store (images below) was unthinkable. As the cashier was ringing me out, we chatted about the state of things, she said it is the “Chicken Little” story come to life.
“The moral of the Chicken Little story is to have courage, even when it feels like the sky is falling.
To make things worse, the media is exploding with a steady stream of inflated piffle and misinformation that frightens and upsets people. This only increases unnecessary fear that brings extreme psychological stress and out of control anxiety only increasing weakened immune systems. Fear spreading is the real danger, calm and common sense are the catalysts to avoid extreme situations that can and will take place if fear continues to dominate a very controllable circumstance.
EFFECTIVE MINDFULNESS Practices
Exercise such as:
- Yoga, stretching, walking
Aromatherapy, use these scents to increase calm:
- Roman chamomile
- Ylang ylang
- Orange or orange blossom
Take supplements to increase wellness:
- fatty acids,
- green tea
- lemon balm
- kava kava
- Reduce caffeine
- Eat and sleep well
Practice mindfulness through:
- unplug, be present in the moment
- watching your thoughts when they wander
Create a mini arts program for yourself:
- play games, read a novel, relax with music
As with every difficult situation we are challenged by, It’s important to remember all we can do is our best, continue to live our lives and expect the best outcome. Whatever your spiritual practices, we can all contribute by withholding judgment, remain considerate, compassionate and understanding.
The truth is:
“The vast majority of cases are going to be mild, and people are going to recover just like they do from a cold or flu-like illness.”— Dr. Amesh Adalja
Stay well, be at peace; find the sacredness and joy in everyday life.