We’re inundaed with news, warnings and predictions about the threat from the Covid-19 pandemic, with as yet no definitive idea of how long it’ll last. There’s plenty of good advice circulating but what about a practical spiritual perspective? To get the ball rolling, here in Part One are a few words of wisdom from or about three spiritual teachers.
If anyone can find relevant words from Osho, please put them in the Comments , or provide a link.
Part Two will include some advice re remedies etc., plus Russell Brand on self-isolating, and will open a forum for readers to share how they’re coping with it all.
First, Guy Finley, an American spiritual teacher, based in Oregon, who warns against ” a spreading fear”:
“As the pandemic of this virus spreads, we can begin to see a spreading fear… and we can see, if we’re willing to, that this spreading fear does nothing to protect us from the suffering — but rather the fear spreads the suffering, which is all it can do. If we want to change the world…”
Next, on a similar theme, someone who recommends doing Byron Katie’s self-questioning ‘Work’:
The Panic over COVID-19 Is an Epidemic TooOur panic over the coronavirus could end up causing as much, or more, damage as the virus itself. I call it a mental virus. We’ve got a real physical virus going around the world. And we have a mental virus too, that is even more contagious.For most of us, the mental virus has already reached us, and has infected our minds with all kinds of scary thoughts about the future, about our health, about our families, about our businesses, and our money.The result is stress on a global level; fear levels are high everywhere, and many reactions based on that fear: at least we can all laugh at the idea of hoarding toilet paper. But as “crazy” as it is, it’s a real panic that we’re witnessingHow Can You Immunize Your Thinking?Immunity from stressful thinking comes from not being so caught up in the thinking. This means taking things with a grain of salt. People who meditate often have this kind of clarity in the midst of chaos.
Another powerful way to immunize your thinking is to directly question the stressful thoughts themselves. For this, I have been using The Work of Byron Katie since 2007. I love how my stressful thinking falls away when I write it down and then question a thought thoroughly.
What I’m often left with after doing The Work is a natural state of clarity. Then, no matter how many times people try to scare me with the same thought I was believing, once I’ve seen through the story I can’t go back to it again.And here’s Eckhart Tolle…https://youtu.be/wKpmXhGVMxI