I want to have a fighting chance in this crazy world. So I was pondering about what things I can do that can help me feel like I have more control over my reactions to this pandemic.
As I was pondering I remembered taking a Successful Adult Relationships class at Yakima Valley Community College taught by Sharon Cox. One day she told us about a study that was done on different world cultures and what they all had in common when it came to healing in all areas of their lives. There were four things that most cultures had in common.
1. Singing 2. Dancing 3. Story telling 4. Silence
Over the years I've used these in difficult times to keep myself going. Now people are starving to socialize but have to be isolated. So some pretty unique things have come about because of the resource of the internet. Think about the story of the people in Italy who opened their windows and sang with each other and the YouTube performances from musicians who had to cancel concerts, events, or tours. (Singing) I have also seen people getting online together to put on music and just dance. (Dancing) Libraries, preschools, and famous people are reading stories for free for children to watch and listen to. We are taking part in that starting on March 31. We'll post the stories on this site and our Facebook page. (Storytelling)
Lastly people are sending out invitations to join in prayers and meditation for all the people of our world. (Silence) Interesting how all those things match the four activities I mentioned above.
My challenge to you is to come up with ways you can incorporate these four things daily in your life in ways that fit your circumstances. Everyone is asking for ideas on things to do so here are some of mine:
I plan on singing while I play the piano and also with songs recorded online.
I found dance instructors on YouTube so I'll be doing that.
I'll be reading stories and videoing them for grand-kids and patrons.
I'll be praying and meditating every day.
GOOD LUCK, STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY!!!!!
Please comment and share the activities you came up with relating to the four areas listed above.
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