I am having a hard time with “social distancing”. If I’m extra careful, can’t I go see my friend(s)?
I have had few conversations with friends, family, clients about this: probably because I, myself, have felt somewhat relaxed and spacious about social distancing. Being a practicing Buddhist, I am accustomed to devoting periods of time during a normal year where I isolate myself and surrender to the silence and stillness in the service of meditation practice. However, I understand that there is a wide range of response to the current request to distance yourself socially from others. I would say it is everyone's personal responsibility to follow the public health guidelines of social distancing for the health and safety of you, your family and everyone in the community and world beyond. If you are struggling, here are just a few ideas:
My first suggestion is to relax and KNOW when restlessness is present. Try to spend a few moments throughout the day just sitting, doing nothing and feeling the experience of doing nothing. Notice if it feels “wrong” or “bad” or uncomfortable and see if you can just allow it. Know the experience without making right or wrong.
Remember you can call and have face time with friends and family. I just got a free ZOOM account which will allow me to have face time with several friends/family at the same time for up to 40 minutes for free. WhatsApp and Skype will also allow you to have face time with 1 person for as long as you want (there may be a way to have a group call, but I don’t know how to do that!).
I have been inspired by the ways individuals are putting themselves out there, attempting to maintain a sense of community, connection, and support at such an unusual time. I’m sure anyone reading this is aware of the many options to stay connected online. I know the internet is bursting with online yoga classes. You probably know more than me what is out there, but here are a few sites that I have gone to in the last few days: