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Taking Care of Ourselves

and Others


and Staying Sane

in these crazy times


10)  Use This as a 'Reset Button'

The need for physical distancing is causing people

to go inside — both literally and metaphorically.

Never has there been a better time to be still,

reflect, and ask yourself what matters

the most to you right now.

- Junie Swadron

It's easy to get caught up in this pandemic... from watching the news and the frenzy of human activity to stop it, to seeing the toll it is taking on lives and the economy, and how it is turning our own life (and work) upside down.

That is the obvious side. But what about the less obvious? Is it possible to see this crisis from a larger perspective? If so, what can we learn from it to serve our lives in the years ahead? And, as strange as it sounds, how might we even find gratitude in this?

Here are some reflections on the coronavirus:

1) With our normal activities on hold, how might we make best use of this time we have been given? This might include:


- Using this as an opportunity to pause our busy lives.

- Connecting more with the people we love

- Doing some of the things we’ve been ‘waiting to do’

- Stepping back from so much "doing" and "be" for awhile.

- Taking time to reflect on our lives + what’s happening in the world.

2) What if we were to use crisis as as a wake-up call? What might it be waking us up to? For example, that...

- We are all connected.

- We need each other.

- We can't get through these crises alone.

- We all have gifts we can give.

3) What will we learn about ways to be more prepared for such events, and how to respond more quickly in the future?

4) And what might we learn about ourselves, e.g.

- the speed at which we go through life

- the ways we treat each other

- how often we listen to our inner wisdom

- how we treat ourselves, and our planet?

Finally, a few thoughts to ponder:

- Let's use this time to reconsider where we are heading, and reset our course.

- Begin to heal and change what is out of balance in our own lives.

- Stay more connected to each other in the future.

- Consider how we can better serve humanity in our years to come.

(Never Take a Single Breath for) Granted, song sung by Josh Groban

Songwriters: Josh Groban / Bernie Herms / Toby Gab

Lockdown, a poem by Fr. Richard Hendrick


Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has penned a touching poem about coronavirus.


Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.


(Full text here)

Poem put to music and read by Celt Creates

Some reflections on the coronavirus, from Awakening Code:   


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