Updated: May 17
This is how we can remind ourselves to apply mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and wisdom to make peace with the COVID-19 outbreak:
*C*. Compassion, to self and others, including the virus.
Radiate loving-kindness to the virus and all beings affected by the virus. Let's care more for one another during the crisis. Together, we build a better world.
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. -Amelia Earhart
May the virus be transformed into healthy energies...
*O*. Observing mind.
Notice the negative thoughts, feelings, memories, and images associated with the virus. Let them come and go like clouds passing through the sky. Response wisely instead of reacting negatively (e.g., panic buying, sharing fake news).
*V*. Venerable Corona.
The virus is a teacher. Everything in life happens with some good purpose. It teaches us humility, compassion, gratitude, impermanence, and the importance of basic hygiene practice.
Everything happens for a reason. Live it, love it, learn from it. - Unknown.
It's OK to feel low. This will also pass...
*I*. Impermanence - This will also pass.
Just like everything in life, the outbreak will eventually end. Even if doesn't end early, slowly but surely, we'll cope better.
Slowly but surely, I'm coping better and better...
Things may not get better, but I can cope better...
Every moment in every way, I'm learning to cope better...
*D*. Depersonalize - I'm not alone.
Whatever suffering we have related to the virus (disease, travel restriction, economy downturn), remember, it's a common humanity experience. Let's continue to support one another.
*1*. One-pointed wise attention.
Instead of feeling helpless, pay attention to what we can do for wellness. Savor the little good things in daily life amidst the pandemic.
The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it - Thich Nhat Hanh.
*9*. Nine basic things you can do to prevent the virus infection.
It's better to light a candle than to complain about the darkness.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Avoid non-essential traveling and public gatherings.