The second way that mindfulness meditation affects you is by actually improving your health. Numerous studies have shown that even modest amounts of meditation can significantly improve your health. The practice can lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, and reduce chronic illnesses.
Mindfulness can even help you lose weight by making you more aware of what you eat, and how much. It will also give you the inner strength to follow a healthier diet, and stay more physically active. And you will also learn to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
With regard to the threat of the coronavirus, mindfulness meditation strengthens your immune system, which makes you more resilient to the virus. That is, if you contract the virus, you’ll be better able to fight it off, and lower your chances of becoming seriously ill.
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Mindfulness of Others
As you develop mindfulness through meditation, your sense of separate self will dissipate. You will begin to see your connection with the rest of the world and realize that we both affect and depend on each other for our survival. In other words, your ego will begin to dissipate, and you will take into greater consideration the needs of others.
“Today you could be standing next to someone who is trying their best to not fall apart. So whatever you do today, do it with kindness in your heart.”
To give you an example: Though you may be at a low risk of getting seriously ill from the virus, you can pass it on to someone who is at much higher risk. This is why it’s so important to follow the recommendations from health officials.
The other thing that happens as you become more mindful is that you develop greater compassion for others. With this compassion, you will become more willing to help those in need. Remember, not everybody is easily able to adapt to the changes required to stay healthy.
Elderly people can’t go to the grocery store without putting themselves at risk of contracting the virus. They are in much greater danger of getting seriously ill. You can lower their risk by lowering yours. Or if you engage in risky behavior, stay away from elderly people until we find another way to protect them, such as vaccines or remedies.
Dealing with the Disruption in Your Life
In order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, we have been asked by health officials to significantly restrict our normal activities. They are telling us that the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to just stay at home. This is a tremendous disruption to our lives, and hard for many of us to adhere to.
We are so used to living active lives that having to stay home all the time is equivalent to house arrest. Some of the challenges include:
- Keeping our mind occupied
- Being around our family or housemates 24 hrs/day
- Preparing all our meals
- Reduced physical activities
“By staying apart we may actually come closer together.”
So, what can we do when we’re stuck at home? Think about all the things that you’ve wanted to do before but couldn’t because you didn’t have the time. Well, now you do have the time. You can:
- Catch up on your reading
- Cook or bake some of your favorite dishes
- Straighten out the cluttered storage room
- Do your spring cleaning
- Spend some quality time with your partner and/or kids
- Have a picnic, or go for a walk
Call your family or friends. They may need someone to talk to. This may be your chance to reconnect with them. Who knows, by staying apart we may actually come closer together.