Keeping Calm in Historic Times

I’ve posted before about the process of functional meditation, which I learned in a seminar with Dr. Yang Yang.  Functional meditation deals with the issues that sometimes make it difficult for people to calm their minds for meditation.  These issues arise when you attempt to begin meditation but find when you try to stop your thinking and quiet your mind, you are unable to do so.  Sometimes it is because suppressed memories or emotional issues from the past resurface and disturb your attempts to calm down.  Sometimes, as in our current situation, it’s fears about the present and future that disturb our attempts to stop thinking and meditate.

In essence, functional meditation is based on using your wisdom mind to regulate your emotional mind.  It teaches us to apply wisdom principles to reduce or eliminate emotional turmoil.  We face lots of uncertainty and disruption to our normal lives in the current Corona virus situation.  We may also face the loss of people we know and love and even loss of our own lives.  Throughout, we should keep in mind some important wisdom principles.

The world and we as Americans have endured and recovered from bad times before.  Depressions, plagues, famines, wars–the human race has endured and come back from many of these, some of which were much worse than what we are facing today.  It is estimated that the Black Plague killed 30-50% of Europe’s population.  The Corona Virus is much less deadly.

You are not alone.  Millions of other people around the world are going through what we are going through what we are going through.  Some are in better circumstances.  Many are in worse.

Seek out the help you need.  There are people and organizations providing help and support.  Make use of them.  There is no sense in attempting to deal with a historic disruption on a worldwide scale by yourself.

Take action where you can.  Do the things you can and should do.  Distance, mask, hand washing, self-care.  Apply for loans, unemployment, or other support.  Do whatever is in your power to do.  Help others however you can.  It will make you feel better.

Leave everything else in God’s hands.  Don’t worry about what you cannot control.  Worry, fear, anxiety, sadness will tire you out and impede your ability to do the things you can.  Over the long term, the stress from such emotions will cause serious damage to your health.

About Qi Elements Taijiquan & Qigong

I am the director and chief instructor at Qi Elements Center for Taijiquan and Qigong in Herndon, Virginia. I have been a Taijiquan and Qigong seminar student of Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming since 1996 and am certified by Dr. Yang as a full instructor of YMAA Qigong.
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