Deepak Chopra & Rudolph E Tanzi
One way to
respond in a crisis is to reduce its threat. The other way is to add to the
threat. No matter how the Covid-19 pandemic resolves itself – something no one
can predict – you can personally choose right now to reduce its threat. If you
consciously make that choice, three positive things will happen. You will feel
more in control; you will be on the side of healing; and you will add to the
meaning of your life.
responsibly, following what disease control experts advise. By now everyone is
aware of the need to stay at home, self-quarantine if you show any symptoms,
keep 6-10 ft away from other people in public, don’t take long plane flights,
and wash your hands frequently.
This is all
useful advice, but it doesn’t address where being in control comes from, which
is mental. Positive thinking isn’t enough. Feeling safe and secure is a state
of awareness. It exists in us when we reach deeper than the everyday self. The
everyday self cannot feel permanently safe. Outside forces loom too large and
threatening. This is the time to take up meditation or return to it if you have
lapsed. Your goal is to connect with your deeper awareness, the place where
self-control and security comes from.
a mind-body process. If you are sad, stressed, depressed, anxious, helpless,
hopeless, panicky, or feel out of control, every cell in your body gets that
message. Therefore, do everything you can to send the opposite message.
Meditation can restore mind-body balance. But you also need to be vigilant on
two other fronts: sleep and stress. Good, sound sleep maintains homeostasis and
prevents a cascade of imbalances that can occur in hormones, for example.
Stress is a powerful trigger for hormone imbalance, among other things. It has
been linked to chronic inflammation, for example, which seems to be present in
acute and chronic disease.
breathing is centred on stimulating the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain
to heart, lungs, intestinal tract, and elsewhere. By breathing in to a count of
four, holding your breath for a short pause, and breathing out to a count of
four, you tell the vagus nerve that you are in a calm, balanced state. In
response, it helps maintain mind-body balance.
healthy diet and avoid /minimise alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
becomes more meaningful when you feel you have purpose, when you give of
yourself in service, when you find resources of strength and resilience inside
yourself, and when you discover who you really are.
have no motive except self-preservation and replication. All of us have the
same instincts; they are built into our evolutionary past. But where human
evolution excels is at the level of consciousness that goes beyond instinct,
into the realms of empathy and self-awareness.
times of crisis, we naturally take time to appreciate what we have and place
greater priority on what is most important to us. The question is how to carry
this on after the crisis of Covid-19 passes. Your life will be more meaningful
if you contribute to meaningful solutions that reach far, far beyond the
rampage of this virus. Everything, including being in control and being a
healer, is wrapped up in that.
Headline: The virus can give your life more meaning
Source: The Times of India