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The COVID-19 crisis of 2020 brought us a sense of just how interconnected we really are. In a matter of weeks, it became clear that a challenge experienced in one locale of the world was quickly moving across waters. This emphasized that we are closer to one another than we might think. In an article published by Time Magazine after it became clear that the virus was a global concern, the Dalai Lama wrote:
“This crisis shows us that we are not separate from one another – even when we are living apart. Therefore, we all have a responsibility to exercise compassion and help.”Feature by Gillian Sanger[Bio below.]
Metta is a simple and beneficial meditation with many proven benefits. Happiness is one of them. De-stressing in times of crisis is another.
When fear takes rootThis call for compassion is essential in a time when fear and panic are causing many to forget or lose sight of our shared humanity.
When fear takes root, the fight-or-flight mechanism takes over and we begin defending ourselves – not only from the virus but from all other perceived threats.
The energy of the heart closes as we figure out what steps we want to take in the name of survival. Though the pursuit of survival is understandable, this fear response has led to many secondary challenges of this virus, such as hoarding of goods, aggression, and judgment of others.
Metta meditation can be practiced anywhere.
The Benefits of Compassion
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “This crisis shows us that we are not separate from one another – even when we are living apart. Therefore, we all have a responsibility to exercise compassion and help.”
Yet if we are to effectively navigate this time of crisis, we will need to harness the loving energy that rests beneath our shared humanity – that is, the energy of compassion. Those of Buddhist and other spiritual traditions have long understood the power of compassion, but modern science is now also able to revel in its benefits.
By: Gillian Sanger
Title: Metta meditation in times of crisis: “we all have a responsibility to exercise compassion” (Dalai Lama)
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Published Date: Thu, 14 May 2020 20:30:37 +0000