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The best thing meditators can do during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
The world is in panic. A new virus is here, the coronavirus or COVID-19 and it is spreading like wildfire. Many people get sick. Sadly, some even lost their lives. This brings a wave of chaos in many places around the world. And, the economy takes a big hit.
During this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, what is the best thing we, meditators can do?
This is where mindfulness is needed more than ever. Meaning, we have to be careful and aware of it but not to get panicked and overly anxious. We need to be cautious and take the necessary precaution but not to get too stressed out and worried. We need to stay calm and mindful.
First, because experts have confirmed that extreme fear is no less deadly.
Second, because, stress, anxiety, panic, worries and all the negative states of mind won’t do us any good especially in a situation like this. They may potentially weaken our immune system which is a significant disadvantage during a global outbreak.
Then, the logic is simple.
We need to maintain our immune system at its peak. This way, we’ll have the biggest chance to survive this coronavirus pandemic.
Although at the time of me writing this post, they haven’t come up with the vaccine yet, recent reports have shown that many people that fell ill before have recovered completely. They passed the double test before they’re being released from the hospitals.
This fact shows that our immune system is definitely working and can handle the virus. If, it is in the best shape.
Now, we need to do what we can to limit the spread of the outbreak.
How? By not getting infected; by staying healthy. This is NOT an act of selfishness. On the contrary, by staying healthy and not getting infected, we reduce the chance of infecting others. Therefore, we’re doing our small part to limit the spread of the virus.
Because we’re all together in this situation.
Practical things to do to reduce the risk of getting infected
As advised by the World Health Organization, at least, these are what we can do:
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
- Follow the guidance outlined above.
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
Check this source for the latest update.
In a situation like this, it is advisable to stay at home as much as possible. Manage ourselves to work from home and avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.
How to improve and maintain our immune system at its peak?
We need to work on two aspects: the physical aspect and the mental aspect.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet and also, you may want to add several foods to your diet that are known to boost the immune system.
- Enough and regular physical exercise.
- Have enough quality rest.
It’s no secret that we as meditators are working on our mind by the means of meditation practice. There are many benefits that come from a consistent meditation practice. But, to stay on focus, I’ll only talk about the health benefit, particularly the immune system.
As we take the necessary precaution to reduce the risk of getting infected and take care of the physical aspect, the mental aspect is the final piece to complete this holistic approach.
This is the distinct and important part where I think we, as meditators, can contribute to the world.
This time of crisis gives us the opportunity and the more reason to practice meditation, to cultivate mindfulness, to learn more about our mind especially, as we’re advised to stay at home.
By maintaining awareness in our practice, we’re neutralizing the negative mental energy:
Indulging constantly in this negative mental state will only degrading our immune system. Therefore, it’s not empowering. So, stop doing it!
By practicing meditation, not only we’re depleting this negative mental energy thus boosting our immune system, in the process, we’re also projecting the positive mental energy:
- Empathetic joy
And, by practicing consistently and persistently we can maintain this positive mental energy thus maintaining our immune system at its peak level.
In the process, we’re also maintaining our positive mental energy projection toward the universe.
So, let’s meditate together, all of us, regardless of your tradition, technique or religious backgrounds.
Let’s radiate the positive mental energy together. Let’s hope and make the intention:
- May all the people who fall sick recover soon.
- May all the people who are looking after the sick persons be protected.
- May all the experts in the health industry who are working on the remedies and vaccines soon come up with the cures.
- May the world economy and business soon recovers.
- Add your own good intentions here.
When enough people doing this, I truly believe miracles can happen.
This is the best thing meditators can do during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
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Let us spread the positive mental energy to those around us.
And please, stay strong and stay safe 🙏.
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