Invoking Grace, Courage and Healing: COVID-19 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic, like any other challenging situation, can become a portal for deepened inner practice through the application of an approach I call Devotional Pragmatism, which includes the following.

  1. Pragmatism: Do everything in your power to be safe and protected from a practical standpoint.
  2. Trust: Go about your life in absolute trust that whatever happens, it will be ok.
  3. Surrender: Pragmatism and trust are held with the intention of surrendering to Divine Will.

The following are some ways to put this into practice in a simple and practical way.

A. Practical Tips:

As far as we know, the virus and the disease are constantly evolving. To avoid the spread of disease, it’s essential to do our part:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose if sneezing or coughing. If you must go out, use a mask.
  2. Wash your hands before you do anything – eat, cook, touch your face, or someone else. Scrub your hands for 20 seconds with soap.
  3. Avoid mass events but remember that paranoia doesn’t help.
  4. Get vaccinated.
  5. Educate yourself, be cautious and live your life.

B. Immunity-Strengthening Tips:

Strong immunity is the gift of a well-regulated lifestyle, and one of good choices over the long-term.

  • Maintain a regular schedule; wake up before 6 AM, go to bed by 10 PM.
  • Eat at consistent times, and do not skip meals. Avoid eating after 6:30 PM.
  • Get some exercise every day. Walking outdoors, if possible, is desirable.
    • Make lunch the biggest meal of the day and dinner the lightest.
    • Completely eliminate refined and added sugars (candy, cookies, cakes, pastries, sugary drinks, and foods) and processed foods.
  • Drastically decrease salt to not more than a quarter or half teaspoon per day and caffeine.

C. Heart-Opening Tips:

  • Remember that life passes you by while catastrophes like COVID-19 occur. Although your life is disrupted in various ways, cultivate the perspective that life is precious and no time must be wasted regardless of the situation.
  • Spend time with your loved ones, being present, and reveling in gratitude for what you have.
  • Cultivate a daily meditation practice. If you don’t have one, here’s a free course that’s available on my website: https://sabda.institute/bliss-meditation/
  • This is a good time for self-inquiry. I highly recommend Byron Katie’s The Work
  • Practice dropping into gratitude and wonder for your breath and health that you might have taken for granted. Several times a day, stop what you’re doing and become aware of your breath. Give thanks for it, for your ability to experience the world around you, and to feel all that you do.

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