Lesley Postle, editor of this website, explains how Covid 19 is evoking feelings of grief in so many of us, and what we can do to mitigate these difficult emotions.
Nearly everyone I know is feeling it. A sense of unease, a feeling of being really unsettled and unsure. Few of us have been through anything like this before, unless you were affected by SARS or MERS or the more recent swine flu epidemics. Even so, this is bigger than anything our planet has seen since the Spanish flu in 1918.
Suddenly, we have lost our freedom to move around our planet or our countries or even to move around our own neighbourhoods. Life as we know it has completely changed in the space of a few weeks. We may have lost our jobs and our businesses and the really unlucky ones may have lost their health and their loved ones.
Even if you haven't lost a loved one, or succumbed to the virus yourself, you are still most likely feeling grief. This might be confusing to you if you haven't lost anyone, and you might not realise that, nevertheless, what you are feeling is grief.
Grief can be made up of a complex mix of emotions:
All of the following are things which can cause feelings of grief and many of us are suffering from a lot of them at the present time:
The beautiful quote at the top of this page is from my lovely yoga teacher Ruth Pirie. I think she sums up what the whole planet is feeling at the moment:
I feel that if there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it is the hope that through this, we regain a sense of our connectedness with the whole world. Never before have we all been as connected as we are today, with our internet and media, and never before have we all been going through the same thing at the same time in such a monumental way. It really brings home that we are all the same human species, with the same vulnerabilities.
I hope that after this, we have learned what is important in life and that we all need to help one another, regardless of where on the planet we happen to be located. I hope that we will have learned that we need to look after mother earth and love one another so that we can live in harmony, peace and health.
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