The tide seems to be turning. In some places the restrictions are now being lifted cautiously, but this is all far from over yet. There has been more than one wave in some places already. We will also be feeling the impacts of this global pandemic for many more months to come. Let’s carry on doing the right thing, while staying centred, calm and kind.
There are hopefully lots of valuable lessons we have been able to learn and are still learning during these unpredictable times, as we slowly move towards some sort of (new) normal again. Just as when you emerge from a sickness, you usually feel great and grateful for a few days, as you can feel the contrast to being sick and/or stuck in physical isolation very starkly. Oftentimes that sense of appreciation and thankfulness wears off quickly however. Let’s endeavour to remain grateful and not to take things for granted.
I heard an anecdote about a child who went through a big earthquake in New Zealand many years ago. The family started to take care of lots of affected people at their home and a sense of community and shared humanity emerged, which was not present before. While witnessing the outpouring of kindness and care, as a response to the tragedy, the child asked: “Why don’t we live like this every day?” Yes, why don’t we? Now is a good time to re-evaluate what is really important in our lives and in what world we would like to live in together. I hope what you are envisaging is a kind and caring world.
You are invited to join Bhantes Bodhidhaja and Cunda for another online we-retreat via the platform Zoom from 22 to 24 May 2020. We will be re-visiting Right Inclination (Samma Vayama). Some of the teaching material was already presented during the Online Relax & Grow WE-Retreat 2020-1 in March (if you attended that), but we will be looking at it from some new angles and building on it.
Please click here (https://bswa.org/event/online-relax-and-grow-2020-3/) to find more information on the BSWA event page.