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Meet Corona with Loving Kindness

Anxiety and Loving Kindness

During these Corona-days there are two paths we can take;

a) the loving kindness path or b) the anxiety path It is so normal and understanding that fear and anxiety takes over, but unfortunately it doesn't do much good for us and others. When fear takes over it can be difficult to think clearly and to be kind to ourselves and others. Perhaps we more easily get annoyed and frustrated at others, and we might also be a bit harder towards ourselves.

If we instead choose to embrace the fear; ...kind of "taking fear in our hand" and care for it. Perhaps by saying "fear is visiting right now", then we choose awareness (we see fear is here) and loving kindness (we embrace fear with kindness), which will also ave an effect on people around us, as you know emotions are contagious. How can I more easily take the Loving Kindness path? One of my teachers (James Baraz) say: "Anxiety and fear send us up in our head. Grounding brings us down" One way to get down into the body and closer towards our heart (and away from our heads) is to make grounding exercises: A) Sit quietly for a moment and feel all the places where your body is in contact with the surface (feet in contact with the ground, the buttocks in contact with the seat and hands in contact) as you breathe in through the nose. Maybe you can count to four on an inhalation and to 6 while slowly exhaling B) Go for a walk and feel (for every step you take) the feet in contact with the surface. Perhaps, you can imagine that you are kissing the earth with every step you take (btw, it was the Earth day the other day, so by imaging your are kissing the ground you show your gratitude to the earth; for the air it provides, the blue sky, flowers blooming, oats growing etc:-)) C) you can listen to the mountain meditation at my homepage or to the meditation "Loving Kindness for a Loved One", which can help cultivate loving kindness for yourself and others D) move the hand physical from the forehead to the heart to illustrate that you are moving from the head to the heart. You can do that movement again and again while reciting "let me move from my head to my heart " (or to the "body" if that is easier to say for you:-)). And then sit silently for a moment with your hand on your heart, feel the contact from the hand to the heart ...and perhaps imagine that kindness is being spread from your fingers and hand towards you E) participate in the morning meditations offered by Friendswood Library every Thursday at 10 am. The link for the class is: Join Zoom meeting:

Poem: Love in Action When I guided a meditation at Friendswood Library, I read this poem, which I promised to share. So here you go. Take good care of yourself and each other these days! Loads of warmth Loving Kindness greetings from Dorte Love in Action When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty football fields, the empty GAA pitches, even the empty children's play parks, don't say to yourself, "It looks like the end of the world." What you are seeing is love in action.

What you are seeing in those empty spaces is how much we do care for each other. we care for our grandparents, our parents, our brothers and sisters, for all those with underlying health problems. We care for people we will never meet. People will lose jobs over this. People will lose their businesses and some will also lose their lives. This is all the more reason to just take a moment hen you're out on your walk or on your way to the shops or just watching the news to look into the emptiness and marvel at all of that love. Let t fill you and let it sustain you. It isn't the end of the world - it is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness in our lifetime. So stay safe folks, stay at home and may God bless you all.

- By a Belfast Covid-19 Community Response Team

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