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.
- Pragmatism: Do everything in your power to be safe and protected from a practical standpoint.
- Trust: Go about your life in absolute trust that whatever happens, it will be ok.
- 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:
- Cover your mouth and nose if sneezing or coughing. If you must go out, use a mask.
- Wash your hands before you do anything – eat, cook, touch your face, or someone else. Scrub your hands for 20 seconds with soap.
- Avoid mass events but remember that paranoia doesn’t help.
- Get vaccinated.
- 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.