COVID-19 | "Seeing Together"
The official name given to the Corona virus, COVID-19, reminds me of the Latin videre – ‘to see’, and co – ‘together’. What is it we are asked to ‘see together’ at this time? Clearly, we are seeing how precious and fragile life is. Many of us are experiencing unguarded moments of tender gratitude toward everyday things we recently took for granted: the songs of morning birds, the flowers of Spring, fresh food, the voice of a loved one on the phone.
Some are appreciating the slower pace, the stopping, often for the first prolonged time in our busy lives. The Earth appreciates it too. We have seen skies clearing over cities in China, fish reappearing in Venice, wild animals venturing tentatively into formerly crowded natural areas. Less planes, less traffic, less noise.
Together, we are seeing that this is a transformational moment, even a sacred one. Healthcare workers and first responders of the world are making heroic sacrifices to help the human family. Many are asking for prayers. Holding them in our awareness is a prayer, and giving to causes that support their wellness, their families and our communities is spirit in action.
The suffering of experiencing illness or losing a loved one is profound. Also the physical disconnection, the anxiety of 'shopping', the loneliness if we are sheltering by ourselves, fear on the front lines. Yet, such suffering can be a teacher, showing us difficult realities about our planet, our society and ourselves, and freeing us from past ways of thinking and behaving that are harmful.
Together, we see that life on Earth has been out of balance a long time. The oceans, forests, rivers and skies have also been struggling to survive. Animals and insects too. The virus was us. Some say COVID is a counteractive response. I prefer to see it as an opportunity and an invitation to live a saner, simpler life, to wake up and see the world with fresh eyes.
Following, are some thoughtful contemplations about COVID-19.
In peace. – R Fabian