Today we are unmistakably seeing the greatest crisis in the world. Most likely, all of the email you receive now is Covid-19 readiness or news about the run on toilet paper and face masks. The world seems full of terrible predictions and darkness.
As seasoned meditators, we offer a more positive perspective as well as our insights and recommended strategies for dealing with the crisis.
# 1 You can rise above panic and fear.
This is real, nothing philosophical.
We panic and fear insecurity because most of us use our logical thinking and reason to solve any question or problem. When we can't, we think we have lost and are no longer in control. This leads to fear and panic.
However, meditators, and especially those who practice Sahaja meditation, know, understand and experience the higher state of consciousness that lies above thoughts, panic and fear.
Every meditation session takes us higher into this phase and this relaxes us. It makes us patient, resilient and helps to observe adverse situations.
In reality, you can rise above the turbulence for at least 30 minutes twice a day. This will keep you much calmer throughout the day.
And those of us who believe we are seasoned meditators need to dig deeper than ever. We have to help our churches.
# 2 The world has seen pandemics and crises before – they are passing
This time it's more than just believing in the power of the divine. We know it exists. Every day we have a connection to the force that rules the universe. This is also the power that can kill negativity and protect people. It wants benevolence and evolution, not the destruction of people.
That power will eventually win.
We must surrender to the power to which we have easy access and let it work.
# 3 Happier times will be back with a new normal
There are already a number of positive developments:
A number of vaccines are under development and experimental testing has started.
There are reports of very good progress in vaccine development in Seattle and San Diego, the US, Israel and Canada. Everyone spreads out 12 to 18 months for vaccines to be available, but the scientific and medical talent of this world will likely eventually outpace time and make something available much sooner. Initial reports show that doctors in China, Japan, Thailand, and India, in a few cases, use combination drugs (although they have not yet been widely approved or officially tested) to achieve full recovery or to slow virus growth.
China is slowly returning to normal and the number of cases there and in South Korea is falling rapidly.
Given the proactive introduction of very strict social distancing and lockdown measures, it can be assumed that other countries where the cases started will not reach the same level of crisis as Italy or China. It is time to believe that people are much smarter in today's world and a higher percentage of the population will be educated in this 21st century. Don't let the terrible predictions in the media throw us off balance and keep us positive.
The lack of basic services will be short-lived.
Experts in the US are instructing the public not to hoard supplies. The worst scenario is that some exotic and special items, especially those imported from Europe, may not be available, but for the most part there will be no shortage of food and essentials. The temporary panic buying of toilet paper and hand sanitizer will wear off very soon and store shelves for these products will soon see oversupply and slow sales as people realize they have been stocking up on supplies for a year. After all, there is currently no infrastructure disruption such as a hurricane or other type of natural disaster. There should be no reason not to ramp up production and make supplies available and this is happening.
Of course, there is a real risk that medical care will become scarce, but that too is based on a pessimistic worst-case scenario of the epidemic. Our manufacturing and supply chain maturity in today's world can meet the demands. Right now, experts are also predicting that local US producers will see sales spike as imports are delayed, and this is a good thing.
The world has seen many crises. Art, sports, fun, social gatherings, and entertainment have kept returning.
But we have to adjust a new normal before they can return. In the current crisis situation, the new normal of the future could look like this, based entirely on some positive, emerging trends that we see:
Testing for Covid-19 will be widely and easily available very soon
Body temperature and infection tests can become permanently mandatory in many locations – airports, venues, educational institutions, and even the workplace. Once someone has positive tests, appropriate protocols and measures are put in place to quarantine and cure the person while the rest of the world continues to work normally. Social distancing will eventually go away once these new safeguards and security measures become commonplace. Right now everyone is panicking because they can't imagine how the changes will play out.
We'll likely have access to test ourselves if we want. Recently, the state of Colorado ran drive-through testing for the virus. The concept worked, but you are not ready to process the volumes yet. When we're done, we can just drive through pharmacies and get tested, and then take appropriate action to self-medicate. MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland has developed a test that flips results in 2 hours. That's very positive. IIn China, testing is done automatically in some locations using attached 5G thermometers to set off an alarm when someone with a temperature enters a building. Soon we will reach a point where someone who tests positive for a virus won't panic everywhere. Instead, that person will just be separated and anything and everything will sterilize and take a pill and move on. Think of it as an airport screening routine that has become a standard part of our lives.
Our medical and medical system will adjust to a new normal to deal with pandemic attacks. Many new advances are already underway.
Robots are already being used in China to reduce the stress and workload of healthcare workers. They are used, for example, to sterilize medical facilities and to provide food and drink to patients. In Spain, drones are already being used to monitor patients in the fight against the virus. And in the near future, let's pay attention to the automatic UV sterilization of facilities and many other things that are already in place. We don't have to worry about wiping or washing our hands that often. Technology and automation automatically keep our environment clean and sterile. Like for example, venues will be filled with sanitizers and robots emitting ultraviolet light just before entering the crowd and maybe even halfway through the game. There may be pauses in sterilization during play.
Healthcare is getting more expensive, but we will consider this as a necessity
Ingenious inventions to fight the epidemic will materialize, but we will also feel the effects on our healthcare costs. It will be more expensive for a person to stay healthy than it is now. But haven't we learned to adjust to a higher cost of living as what is considered essential to our lives grew? 20 years ago not everyone had a cell phone. These costs are now seen as a necessity and built into our lifestyle. Living a safe life amid dangerous virus outbreaks soon becomes a necessity or a significant expense that we are likely to accept and move on.
Another economic recession will ultimately make us stronger and more disciplined
We will draw another set of lessons after addressing the economic impact of the current crisis. These will be more painful financially than previous recessions. But it will pull a lot more people into building emergency funds and moving away from risky assets like the stock market.
Remote offers are becoming commonplace in many industries
Many companies will offer permanent remote customer interaction as a permanent option – for example, all restaurants offer grocery delivery as an option or even become law. And food checks are becoming stricter so people don't have to worry about infections. Telemedicine is becoming the standard; it is already being used on a large scale to combat the current crisis. The days are not far off when most of us will be interacting with our doctors via video chat. Many of the doctor visits may be lost. Gyms offer online classes or Peloton machines take over the fitness industry.
In short, things will go back to normal, but with several protections and changes in our lives. And they will slowly but steadily return to normal. Most of these changes are ultimately seen as a way and way for people to move into a better state by facing the challenges.
As meditators, let us take solace from watching the progress being made by recovery in countries like China, rather than reading the depressing news that things are getting worse elsewhere.
# 4 Meditation at this point can reduce a lot of stress and anxiety
Stress and anxiety are proven benefits of meditation and nothing needs to be said other than this is a great time to get into meditation as a lifestyle and take advantage of its benefits.
We are here for you and times like these are the main reason why Sahaja Online was founded. You can learn and explore meditation at any depth you want – just ask.
# 5 Meditation builds immunity
Meditation does not heal anything, but it has been shown to be helpful in building greater immunity. And this is a longer term and generic immunity. So don't expect to develop immunity to Covid-19 right away. This won't happen.
# 6 Advanced meditation techniques go even further
In Sahaja meditation we go beyond the typical stress reliever meditation. We have a lot of advanced techniques. However, the benefits of this are only for those who progress step by step and use their experience to understand how deep they can really go. It is a personal journey with fantastic benefits, not a mass healing or relief. If you are interested we offer this path and some have gone very deep and far on this spiritual meditation journey.
# 7 Adversity strengthens character and provides an opportunity for introspection
Where, how, and when were we complacent and taking things for granted? Have we really unnecessarily and carelessly plundered the gifts of nature that have been given to us?
Did we get a chance to be good to others, or even think about the world and community, and did we just let go of it because we were too busy?
Are we really considerate of elderly and sick people who are at much higher risk, or are we just thinking of ourselves?
Are our teenage and slightly older children mature and responsible enough to understand that social distancing is critical now, even though their symptoms if infected will be mild? There are reports of college students recently partying after college closings despite the warning to follow social distancing. This is a test of how well we raised our children.
How do we test the depth of our character traits in the worst of times?
Now is a good time to make up your mind to go through uncertainty, deal with it, and emerge victorious our assessment of ourselves and our degree of maturity.
We wish you all the best during this test period. We can offer meditation and moral support, so our sessions are in full swing at the moment.
But remember, we're going to get through this very soon and get stronger as a result. Much of what we have reported as positive developments is based on facts. The media are afraid to send out positive messages and signals now because no one will believe them.
You can choose to be anxious and concerned, or to delve deep into meditation and reflect on your upcoming recovery.