It is certainly not a coincidence that the coronavirus literally translates to the crown virus. The crown refers to our head and our mind. And it is doing its job, getting everyone in their minds and you should be but it should not disconnect you from your heart. Because this virus might be called Coronavirus or covid19 but it is affecting our lungs and our heart…imposing social distancing. Strangely enough, lung affections are always connected to grief as highlighted by Louise Hay in her famous book ‘’ You can heal your life”. Ancient traditional Chinese Medicine – where each organ is connected with a specific emotion – links lungs to grieving.
So maybe this time, is or must be seen as a precious time to grieve and to honor the cycles of Life, Destruction and Rebirth. Maybe it is a time to reflect on what no longer serves us in our body-mind-heart connection.
It’s probably time to allow yourself to grieve whatever you have been holding on to; your “so called normal “life before this started; your “so called beliefs” about the world, your job, your career, how irreplaceable you are … or how this kind of disaster can’t affect western countries.
This disease has proven that we are one. One big human family and there are no Asians, Blacks, White, Arabs, ..just humans suffering from the same disease.
Who would have thought that the entire planet could go on pause like that? No one…
Yet, I do believe in a greater order and that things always happen for a reason, even if the only reason is to learn from it and to grow stronger.
So, after many discussions with friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, most of them virtual by the way, I decided to gather all the silver linings that were shared, in a way to find solace through this situation. I believe they need to be heard, shared and expanded, far and wide. I believe that we can evolve together, even … and especially when the entire planet is on ‘’hold”.
I know that we can turn the virus into an ally by letting it motivate all of us to take conscious care of ourselves and to be mindful of each other. A network can spread a virus — but it can also spread happiness, help, gratitude, and optimism. We can find solace if we can look at all of this “never ever happened before” situation with the eyes of a child and focus on gratitude and on the silver linings and there are many.
So, let’s be grateful and find solace in enjoying…
…MORE TIME .
‘’My silver lining is the gifting permission of slowing down and refining all the spots and places that are constantly in motion. Refining and honing and feeling what’s available at a slower less enforced pace’’
‘’More time to focus on what’s important…’’
‘’I learned to be patient with my kids, my partner and myself’’
‘’I finally fixed that broken piece of furniture and did a bit of decluttering”
…MORE REST, HEALTH AND SELF-CARE
‘’I can enjoy napping mid day’’
‘’ I nurture myself because my fears are bringing up my needs massively.”
“I take time to exercise and to really eat good food to boost my immune system”
“Hanging out with my partner and our dog…doing nothing … I really like this!”
“The gifting permission of slowing down”
“For the first time in… a very long time? Twenty years at least? I’m about to design my week’s schedule to be exactly how I want it. This feeling is gold. “
“I always thought working from home was for other people and I get the chance to experience it for the first time.”
“Break from the routine”
“this crisis shifted totally my mindset. I know that impossible just means that it has not been done yet…”
…MORE ENTERTAINMENT, MORE MUSIC, MORE FUN
“ Watching Star Wars at Jared Leto’s Cinema Club”
“Tomorrow I’m getting to watch Debbie Allen from Fame teach a free dance class from Instagram. My inner girl is on fire!#Iamgonnaliveforever#Iamgonnalearnhowtofly”
“I get to listen to my favorite singer play a live stream show from his house! Let’s magic!
“Movie binges and dance parties”
…MORE AUTHENTICITY & VULNERABILITY
“My relationship is new almost ended in the midst of this crisis. But we learned to increase communication & show support for each other, in ways I didn’t expect possible a week ago. It has been a blessing in disguise.”
“I initially wanted to separate and save myself now all I want to do is connect deeply one on one to many ones. I’m not afraid anymore.”
“ I cried a lot and I had not cried for such a long time. It felt like letting go of all the burden and the sh… I can breathe now”
“I get to work on a book I have been planning to write for years”
‘’I started painting again and it makes me feel so happy”
“Be flexible and not have a scheduled to the minute routine.”
“We are cooking more together and getting creative”
“When this is over, I want to contribute more and help…I realize I’ve been very lucky and that I need to add purpose to my life…”
“I can hear the birds sing, it feels good”
“Car pollution going down”
“It is amazing to witness the silence everywhere”
“Reading, being quiet, smelling the roses”
…MORE SOLIDARITY & GRATITUDE
“I’m reaching out to my community in new ways.”
“I’m in a position to help elder neighbors”
“ Having this feeling that we are all one through this”
“ I feel so much gratitude for our healthcare providers, doctors, transporters, cleaning agents, people working in grocery stores, …Thanks to their devotion, we can survive…”
“I am really grateful to witness that this challenging time also brings up the best of our humanity…It feels good”
“ I love the 8pm balcony collective jam…It’s so heartwarming…”
…MORE TIME TO GROW AND LEARN
“My fears are showing me who I am, what I want and what I need to change.”
“I’ve taken the time to finish my online course and read more books.”
“I am learning a new way of being”
“I am practicing yoga again”
…MORE LOVE AND CONNECTION
“I’ve had lots of video calls with people I haven’t spoken to in a long time”
“ I just feel like letting people know I’m thinking of them and they are meaningful to me.”
“Lots of cuddles and time with loved ones”
“Tons of online connection “
“Got to talk to Jared Leto a few days ago during a live on Insta”
‘’ I think I’m part of the quarantine hornies”
“ Well, we’re stuck here so instead of fighting, we make love”
“ One day around 2033, we shall witness the rise of the quaranteens…”
and at last but not at least, MORE NATURE...
“I live in the big apple, the city that never sleeps and well she is grounded and she is taking a rest, whether she wants it or not…I can hear the birds and it is amazing”
” I spotted a boar while walking my dog… That’s pretty unusual as I live in Hong-Kong..”
” Mother Nature is teaching us a lesson and forcing us to slow down”
So, you see, every cloud has a silver lining… We may not know how we are going to make it through this. We may not be able to see it yet and it may last a few more months but we can make it …by keeping our minds quiet and focusing on the silver lining. We only need to put one foot in front of the other and to be willing to dive deep. So what about starting our own “silver lining pandemic”? It is an infectious song that says …
- Spread Humor
- Spread Connection
- Spread Help
- Spread Joy
- Spread Gratitude
- Spread Optimism
- Spread Love
- Spread Respect for nature, for people for our humanity
- Find and Spread Solace
We’re in this together! #findingsolace #expandingthesilverlining #riseagain