To flex your mindfulness muscle, you might try this brief exercise. Visualize the now-familiar COVID-19 virus for a moment. As you see it, what comes to mind? Notice if your body signals fear. If so, where does your body express it? Is your breathing shallow? Heart skipping a beat? Are there tingly sensations? A stab of cold? Since our body is often the first-responder at the scene of emotional difficulty, it’s wise to discern, accept, and understand these patterns before they proliferate.
Gary Gach returns to the Plutopia Podcast to discuss mindfulness and joy in the era of Covid-19. Our conversation was inspired in part by Gary’s March Lion’s Roar essay, “Practicing Equanimity in a State of Emergency.” Excerpt: