What if I told you that many already believe that this latest pandemic was inevitable? Interestingly, these ‘new’ pathogens keep coming around, often as a result of contact with abused and cruelly treated animals. What if I told you the Earth, being a living organism has an intelligence and can create things, just like our immune system can, to try to throw off a pathogen? Who do you think is the biggest pathogen on Mother Earth now? You may have heard that there are far too many of us for the Earth to sustain at our present rate of resource use. Is she is again trying to bring herself back in balance?
If this virus was again created by the Earth to fling off her worst pathogen, then can we accept her right to do so to stay alive?
I tend to take a non-panicked long view of things and when everyone is running screaming out one door, I look for another door entirely. It’s not a popular door to find, but I am not alone in looking for it either.
I invite you to join me in living without being controlled by F.E.A.R. or False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear is much more harmful to your health in the long run than a virus in which at this writing 80% of people infected have mild or no symptoms and up to 96% to 99% recover from the infection according to Dr. Mark Hyman, a Functional Medicine expert. Those are GREAT odds.
Can we accept that we are more at risk getting in our own car or in our own communities than from this virus with the high survival rate it has?
I invite you to question why the social and other media decided that this virus was worse than say for example the 31 MILLION children that die every year from malnutrition, or 85,000 children a DAY that gets nearly zero attention.
I invite you to put things in perspective and look at other pandemics, rates of flu deaths, cancer and heart disease, car accidents, death from intimate partner violence, and many other causes and see that if this panic is really is worth the worldwide economic, financial and mental toll it has taken and will take for decades to come.
Can we accept that we must own the reason many recent pandemics get started in the first place—our cruel treatment of either wild or non-wild animals? Are we ready yet to see that the other beings with which we share this planet have a right to be here and not be used and abused by us? Are we the supreme rulers if they can take us out with a simple virus that many of these animals carry without harm? Could it be their last defense?
Jane Goodall speaks to this in a video she posted last month. See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOkBBMFlTpM&fbclid=IwAR22oqUIdSqe4w9kILKlfZRv42P04nONHqjKtqzfYL9zShOP6zsNyWQ_tCU
I often write about the positive impact of nature on our mental and physical health. This pandemic that is occurring is seriously hampering even reasonable efforts to enjoy what little time we have on this Earth, to find some joy and enhance our immune system. Locking people in their homes, many of whom then get sucked into social or other media, is akin to throwing gas on the flames. We did that. How will we come out of this and be better before the next go-round? What will you demand of your elected officials to keep this from happening again, or to make sure the healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed again?
We will learn from this, hopefully in the right direction. If we take the view of the Earth and understand it’s all about balance—some will die, some will live and those that live become stronger IF they keep their resources in balance so they are available in an emergency. Will we get that from this experience or will we continue to cause ourselves more suffering demanding that this ‘go away’ or telling ourselves the story that it’s somehow not acceptable or more tragic if people die from this versus the more likely scenario of a car accident, on their own stairs or in their own bathroom, heart attack or cancer, or starvation? Pain is inevitable but suffering is a choice. If we demand things from this Earth until we are so out of balance that one new virus can throw off our entire population and keep us from having the resources to deal with it, we are choosing suffering.
Prevention is the key to all health challenges. This virus will be with us, like the flu and other serious pathogens and toxins that we must deal with every day. There is a way to eat, sleep and take care of yourself that will make you much less susceptible to every bad bug. I wrote some about this in my recent article called F.S.F.-The New S.O.S. Contact me for more information or see the article online.
Do what you can to get outside and get some disinfecting UV light and immune enhancing Vitamin D from the sun. During epidemics in the past, hospitals found that opening up all the windows and bringing patients outside helped survival rates dramatically and it became standard practice for a while. We lost that wisdom along the way.
It will also help keep your anxiety down if you get your body moving in some way. You are much more likely to get sick worrying about if you can find enough toilet paper and then running to the store with all the other people in close proximity, with ALL the pathogens we ALL carry, ALL the time. It’s like throwing yourself out of the frying pan and into the fire! Don’t do it! Yes, wash your hands, and practice good hygiene with others but don’t let F.E.A.R. and stress be your undoing! Fight the F.E.A.R. through PLAY!
I also offer this poem which has been circulating and is well said:
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”