By Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati
You know how to drive, to manage household and personal needs, even to manage other people and their needs. Your education and professional skills make you able to adapt to changing times, like now. But your self-care skills might need some improvement. The current pandemic conditions may prompt another round of pandemic panic. It’s time to take inventory. How do you handle this?
Masking – you know how. I first saw people wearing masks over their nose and mouth in my travels in Asia over 30 years ago. I thought it was brilliant! I didn’t adopt it at home because of peer pressure, but now the pressure is going the other way. You are completely capable of breathing, talking and smiling under that mask. You may even have your preferred mask style along with a lanyard, bracket or nose strip. Plus you’ve even got designer options.
Social Distancing – you know how. As fall brings us indoors again, you’ll need to use this skill again. It’s like riding a bike; once you know how, you can do it again. It’s an easy thing to do. In most conversations, we’re seated or standing about 6 feet apart anyway.
Self-Care — you know how. You know you feel better when you do yoga every day. Your quality of life improves if you’re hydrated, if you have regular mealtimes and if you get up before the sun. Meditation is even more important and fits into all the others. Meditating before the sunrise is the most blissful. Yoga helps prepare you for a better meditation. And when you’ve meditated today, you’re more likely to feed yourself properly and drink enough water. Not to mention being kinder, even more intelligent. How bad will you let yourself get before you do something about it? The time is now. Do more yoga.