You have been affected by coronavirus in one way or another. Even if you are not following the news, have a business that is directly affected, or a flight that is cancelled, you have probably seen empty shelves in supermarkets and people wearing masks. Maybe you can’t avoid glancing at the headlines on your mobile phone or avoid the coronavirus topic in conversations. This is the view out from the centre of who you are.
You have been trained to look out from a very early age. To see the world and overlook the one who is looking.
The coronavirus situation gives us an opportunity to remember how important it is to also look in another direction – inwards. When you look towards your centre what do you see? Take a moment to look now. Change the direction of your focus from outside to inside. The Miracle Choice we often teach is to ask: What choice am I making when I think about or react to the coronavirus news?”
Fear results from looking only in one direction.
Fear may not go away when you look inside but something changes when you feel fear and at the same time remember that love is your centre. Your quiet centre has compassion for the world and acceptance for all that is happening. I don’t think all fear and anxiety goes away with two way looking but you see that at your centre, there is no fear, no tension, and no virus. Fear is associated with things in the world. The Presence that allows and gives room to all feelings is unaffected by them. That Presence is aware and accepting of all life, including the life of the coronavirus.
When you experience that you are overwhelmed with anxiety and not able to quietly embrace the world then know you are looking only in one direction. Finding solutions to problems, looking after loved ones and yourself, is much easier and effective with two way looking. Try it and see.
PS. This Sufi tale makes a point about fear:
Nasruddin and the Plague
The Plague was on its way to Baghdad when it met Nasrudin.
The latter asked him:
– Where are you going?
The Plague replied:
– Baghdad, to kill ten thousand people.
After a while, the Plague met Nasruddin again. Very angry, the mullah said to him:
– You lied to me. You said you would kill ten thousand people and you killed a hundred thousand.
And the Plague answered him:
– I didn’t lie, I killed ten thousand.
The rest scared to death.
“Tale of the Sufi tradition”