I am getting so many emails from community leaders about the virus. So I asked myself – as a community leader myself, is there anything I have to say, or should say to all of you?!
So I started with drawing. Then I wrote this for you.
According to many sources, the best way we can protect ourselves when we are dealing with so many health challenges is to boost your immune system. Sounds obvious, but your conscious awareness of this, can have a big impact on your body.
I rarely get sick, and I don’t have the virus, but I was sick for two weeks. It wasn’t super intense symptoms wise, as I was caring for myself and resting, but my energy was on empty. When I asked my body what had me be compromised, when I usually don’t get sick, the answer was simple. I was out of pattern.
I was in a cycle of working too much and over-extending to stay on top of things in the virtual world. I was not getting enough days off, when for over 20 years I usually take two days off a week. I had begun to work past 4pm, my old stopping time. My excuse? I love my work so much, how could this be work? But the truth is I wasn’t taking my Sabbath. I was in a pattern of over-working. This isn’t my usual pattern. Our company doesn’t run on stress like a lot of other companies. I had allowed myself to deplete my source! Plus in addition to working, I create every day, which is also work of a different kind. I was vulnerable and not paying close enough attention.
Here are a few tips many agree on!
- Avoid travel if you can and large groups
- Wash your hands often and use sanitizer
- A bit less hugging and hand shaking and sharing bites off your plate at meals.
- Try not to touch your nose and mouth
- If you are compromised, take a rest and minimize contact
- If you are showing symptoms, protect others around you
- Boost your immune.
I will add these :
- Rest often and deeply. When you are resting, tell your whole system, I am resting.
- Dive into a creative process with peace in your heart and say, this is nourishment. Affirm for the body, mind and heart, that you are doing something for you.
- Be mindful without panic. Don’t watch the news over and over. Check in, but try not to obsess.
- Meditation and gentle stretching. Massage places your body requests for attention.
- Ask your body – what do you need today?
- Stay connected to a group – if you must isolate, don’t disconnect. Have virtual tea, join an online group of creatives.
And if you are in my community, work on paintings you have been putting off.
Today, I drew this picture with Intentional Creativity, asking to see and listen to my healing immune system.
I would also suggest if you have an immune regime, switch something up – try something you haven’t been trying – to boost the system. There are lots of things you can do to boost your system – but being conscious that you are, is as important as any supplments you take. I rarely get sick, so I wasn’t being conscious of the large groups I was in – I wasn’t taking extra measures. But now, of course, I am.
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was cancelled in New York. And so instead of filling my time with more work. I am resting and creating with my husband Jonathan.
The truth is we have no idea what is going to happen. So in the meantime while we care for ourselves and each other, let us practice listening to our body and freeing our heart and mind.
Your awareness of your needs is your most powerful ally. When you ask your body, heart and mind what you need today, trust what you hear. Take action on that. Begin to listen more deeply and intuitively. If your body asks for a certain good or vitamin or kind of music. Listen. (unless it asks for choclate too much, then you might need to moderate
For International Women’s day I will release an article I wrote as well as offer a Free Class called Soul Sisters recorded in 2014. If you need to stay in and rest, how about dancing and painting with us?
With heart and a strong red thread of connection,
My dear friend Dr. Lissa Rankin has written a lot about the virus – if you want more detials – she has some good stuff all in one place.