There’s been so much said and shared on social media about the state of affairs after the corona virus that I initially felt I had nothing further to add and also that I had heard enough. But things are coming up after three weeks of staying at home.
The virus has been named so because it resembles a crown. I decided to looked into the symbolism of a crown. One of the words that popped out to me was ‘resurrection’.
How interesting! Even when we don’t know, we know. I mean there are clues everywhere, sometimes they come out of our own mouths but rarely make it to our own ears. Resurrection: a rising again, revitalisation, revival.
People are trying to understand this new situation in their own ways. You’ve probably read many of the sentiments regarding it. Here are mine. Two things specifically stand out to me.
We rarely feel our own mortality. These days we live life as if we have endless time. It’s always about tomorrow and we end up living a series of largely unnoticed todays. We hear about other people passing away but don’t always equate it to the fact that it could have been one of us. However, this virus has brought us face to face with this truth. The ‘social distancing’ that is causing such havoc may also be an echo of how far removed we have become, of our sense of separation. It’s exposing our vulnerability, highlighting how disconnected we have been feeling and not just in these last three weeks.
This brings me to my second point, never in the generations of people present today have we felt as ‘in it’ together as we do now. Once again we are reminded that we are and always have been a collective whole. Our relationship with each other and our planet has always been a symbiotic one, where one takes care of the other. Our ancestors who lived in close proximity to the land that supported their lives, understood and respected these facts. Now in our concrete cities and high rise buildings we have become segmented and scattered. We are being reminded that despite all our divisions of age, race, colour or creed, we are in fact, the same. It is in this sameness that the answer lies.
Here’s what we are left to consider as we go through this challenging time. How would we choose to live if we became mindful that the human life span, even at its longest, is very brief? Secondly, how would we choose to treat each other and our planet if we actually believed that we are not separate?
Each experience gives us the opportunity to grow beyond our limitations. The more testing the experience, the deeper the lesson. As this situation comes to an end and it will, let us discard all delusions that perpetuate separation in the realisation that our power resides in being a small part of the greater whole. And in becoming conscious of the brevity of our time here let us resurrect our birthright. Living each given moment fully.