Brainstorming with your therapist, literally, about weather storms, and metaphorically about emotional storms, relationship storms, professional identity storms, loss of meaning storms, is a great way to prepare yourself for change. If there is one constant, it is ‘this too shall pass.’ And since that’s true, why not be creative and agentic about it, as opposed to passive and victim like? It can be playful, like a game, if you let it. Even with Covid, dire and sad as that illness appears to be, there are things we can do to plan with spirit, with energy.
Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who is venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture.
If you click on the phrase “here it is” you will find out about cognitive behavior therapy, which can calm your nerves in a crisis (like the one we are in now). Take good care and do all you can to reduce your exposure to the corona virus, and if you think you have this virus, chances are you can treat it at home, one day at a time, as you would a flu or a cold, speaking with a physician if you can, and monitoring your fever and staying rested. But if you have underlying issues that concern you, managing your treatment and your anxiety at the same time will be important to your recovery. Bottom line is that if you are in decent health, and you tend to be a little anxious about your health anyway, study the article in the ‘here it is’ link for a nice overview of how to put your anxiety in perspective.
David Da-i Ho is a Taiwanese-American doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher who has made many scientific contributions to the understanding and treatment of HIV infection. Wikipedia And David Ho
David Ho and Anthony Fauci are on the case. They are working with other scientists around the globe
to discover how best to deal with this mysterious virus. The United States is late to the game
and politics interfered with our immediately taking action when China told us about their experiences with this epidemic. But that is water
under the bridge. We are in the game now and with common sense and discipline,
forward thinking and the no nonsense attitude of knowledgeable professionals who take responsibility for their actions, we should be able to come though this. If you are young and healthy you should be okay. If you are immune compromised or older, take your vitamins, exercise, sleep and keep yourself as upbeat as you can manage. If you are working in a hospital with affected patients, please take good care of yourself. If you are spiritual read spiritual literature. If something else inspires you study that. Let’s learn all we can, and help one another through this time of pausing while we help to slow down
the growth of this new illness. One day there will be a vaccine and this particular crisis will be over for good, but in the meantime, let try to have some fun if possible, stay cool, stay inside unless we are exercising outside (6 feet from anyone else if possible) and to quote Tom Hanks, “take it one day at a time!”
Anthony S. Fauci
Anthony Stephen Fauci is an American immunologist who has made substantial contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiencies, both as a scientist and as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Wikipedia
To any woman (or man) who has felt unjustly preyed upon and invisible at the same time, or worse yet, devalued by those around her/him for seeking any kind of recognition, understanding or protection, this is YOUR day! Harvey Weinstein, the film producer who not only used, abused and manipulated the women in his professional sphere, and in addition used the legal profession to silence them, spread rumors and innuendo about them in order to damage their reputations (and diminish any credibility they had in order to fight back ), is now under arrest at Rikers Island. Like many people with Harvey’s pattern of sexualized domination, he proclaimed “I am innocent” as he was led away by the police. This is typical of people with this particular form of moral blindness, and indicates a serious lack of communication throughout our society, in our institutions and in our families. This pattern of the strong preying on the weak, the rich preying on the poor, the arrogant having contempt for the vulnerable, parents controlling and abusing their children- has gone on for much too long. With Me Too given this incredibly surprising and unexpected gift today in court, all of us will have more opportunities to transform abuses of power. We currently have government officials struggling with basic concepts of what is right and what is wrong, what is true and what is a boldfaced lie, and to whom we should turn for help, as we strive to care for our natural environment and all life forms that inhabit it. Hopefully Me Too can set a new standard of justice.