The hustle and bustle of the world is finally quiet. Our restless society is finally calm, and restless people have gradually halted. This virus has lowered our proud head and we’ve been made to slow down, giving us the opportunity to be able to think quietly and ask more questions. Questions such as:
Upon reflection, do you still feel we are kings and queens of the Earth or have we felt the power of Nature once again?
Why is that every time we face an uncertainty (individually or globally), we automatically go into fear mode and feel anxious? Is that normal or abnormal behavior?
Are greedy hearts being purified by the virus? Including our own?
The pandemic has also changed our day to day life significantly and that is, and has the possibility, to have a profound impact on our lives, relationships, families, attitudes, beliefs, and desires moving forward.
Those who have been running all their life and spending their time in pursuits of various activities have been driven home by the virus, being told to stay home.
There are fewer and fewer people on the street and fewer cars on the road. The haze of pollution is receding - the air is becoming fresher, the sky bluer, the sun brighter.
Family lives are getting warmer, and harmony is increasing. People's heart are becoming more and more calm.
Those who haven’t read for years, have picked up books at home. Parents and children who had no communication with each other and couples who could speak only few words a year, have opened up conversation boxes and begun to transform relationships. Children who did not know how to respect the elderly, or who rarely saw their parents have begun to feel seen and have also begun to be loving and devoted.
In the face of the pandemic, I hope humanity has begun to reflect INWARD with some seriousness, and begun to realize that a lack of an awe-inspiring social atmosphere will lead to more harm and more risks. We have taken our world - natural, material and social - for granted for too long.
The virus is giving us the opportunity to learn as human beings a vivid and profound lessons - some unique to each one of us as we re-evaluate our personal lives, and some that are cross-cultural and all-encompassing.
It certainly is leading many of us to understand how to live with awareness, appreciation of what we have, and has reminded us to be in awe of all we have. It has shown us that our normal before the pandemic was part of the "good times". It has reminded us to feel true love to Mother Earth. It is making us gradually fall in love with ourselves and our lives.
So what happens when this is all over? For it will end.
When we return back on the Road, will we learn anything at all from this monstrous virus? Will we, and should we, be grateful to this "enemy" who is giving us these reminders, and teaching us resilience and empowerment?
What does this virus want from us? Does it need to see us cultivating good human habits? Will the virus continue to come back to prove that our Human love has the power to keep the virus away and until we have learned the lessons we need to as a global human race?
I guess only time will tell us everything. Time will also prove what is right.
What I do know for certain is that the virus has reminded us that there is a higher power who is watching and protecting us, but at the same time waiting for us to learn, understand, and grow from the inside.
- Sri Madhu Sai -