Mar 17, 2020

Collective Care

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We are in a global crisis. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the way we are used to living. It is a not so gentle reminder that we are all deeply connected and that each of us impacts the whole. 

Each of us has our own response based on many different things. Our past trauma. Our lived experiences. Our family members’ health. Our own health. Our access to resources like adequate healthcare, paid leave, childcare, a savings account. Our citizenship status. Our proximity to home. 

And many of us are experiencing fear. And that fear is real. Fear is a natural response. Fear is a survival response. And fear can also immobilize us and cause us to make decisions that perhaps are harmful. 

This moment is asking us to slow down. It is asking us to stop. It requires us to assess our current circumstances. 

I invite you to do just that. To slow down. To take a breath. To feel where there is fear and contraction. Feel it. To be ok with that fear. 

And then to ease that fear. Pause. Slow down. Stop. Get quiet. Assess your own resources. Ask yourself how you want to show up in this moment. Imagine the world that you want to live in. Perhaps we can redesign that world right now. 

What does it look like to love in this moment? What does it look like to care for each other in this moment? What does it look like for you, in this moment, to pause and remember that we are all in this together and that each of our decisions impact our neighbors, our communities, all of us. 

Dig deep and become aware of your resources. How might you be able to support those who have less access to the same resources? How can you give? How can you connect? 

 

I’ll leave you with a few tips to feel less helpless:

  • Feel and acknowledge your feelings...all of them.
  • Although we must practice self-distancing don’t isolate. Connect through FaceTime, Social Media, email, old-fashioned phone calls, snail mail.
  • Limit media consumption if necessary. Notice how you are being impacted by what you are taking in.
  • Self-care. Self-care. Self-care. Sleep, nourish, move, breathe, sit in silence.
  • Stick to a routine as much as possible.
  • Dance, draw, paint, create, photograph your feelings
  • Find support and ask for help when you need it.
  • Get involved. Give where you can. Become acutely aware of your resources and share with the collective. Your gifts, talents, skills, money, etc.
  • Exercise. Move your body. 
  • Get outside while this is still available. Connect to nature.
  • PRAY


Need a little support and connections? I have several slots available for coaching calls this week. Bring your whole self and share what’s working for you in this moment, what isn’t and let’s have a chat.


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