By Mary White
The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the world as we know it. In the past few months, during the long days of isolation, we have learned so many things.
In our silent retreats we have begun to re-connect with stillness, heightened by moments of clarity, away from the busyness and chaos of life.
We have learned to let go of our expectations about ourselves. We have learned to breathe, to relax and to embrace solitude.
We have learned to respond with compassion and to be kind to ourselves and to others.
We have learned to appreciate all that is precious and the little things that are so special.
We have emerged to a higher level of understanding and perception of what is really important in our lives.
I believe there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, be it good or bad.
During the pandemic, it has reminded us that we are all equal, regardless of our age, our culture, our religion or anything else that makes us different from other people. We have realised that we are more alike than unalike.
We may be dissimilar but we are all a part of one human family.
Covid has treated us all the same. It does not discriminate. It does not have a passport. It has made us aware that we are all connected and anything that affects one person can affect others.
It has also made us aware that any false borders we have put up have little value…and have no place in our world.
By oppressing us for a short time, Covid has made us aware of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression and by being aware of this we need to think beyond our own needs and help those less fortunate.
Covid has also reminded us just how precious our life is…..of the important things that we have neglected and the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten.
Through this pandemic we have realised just how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we seem to remember only the essential things we need, as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes give value to.
It has taught us to be patient, to be understanding and reflective about ourselves, about others and about our world.
It has taught us to respect others and not to take family and friends for granted. It has taught us to appreciate those who take care of us,including those we may never meet.
While we were all hidden away amidst the fear and panic of Covid-19, goodness was also happening.
Our poisoned planet was delighting in less pollution, with nature meandering back more beautifully than ever. Wildlife was becoming bolder, the stars seemed more visible and the skies much clearer. The Universe was telling us to change.
So together, we need to heal the world and make it a better place. And with collective compassion, we will find a new way of living and the world we once believed in will shine again.
For this pandemic is not an ending. It is a beginning and most of all it is a great corrector.
We are emerging into a different world….every day may not be good….but there is good in every day.
We need to be positive.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.
You cannot stop the world. You cannot get off, so you may as well embrace it.
After all, the world is our home, no matter how it changes…and we are committed to a future together.
We need to wake up and not take our world for granted.
We need to live and breathe before we die.