CHALLENGING TIMES FOR MANKIND – THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
Coronavirus is the biggest challenge we have faced in a long long time. All countries around the globe are battling it. Lakhs of people have been infected and thousands have died till now. But there are people who have also recovered successfully. Being young is an advantage but it doesn’t mean that children and the elderly people cannot avoid this virus. There is a way to keep everyone safe from this infectious virus. Although the respective governments world over are trying their best but using only medical infrastructure, medical staff & medicines won’t be enough in beating the deadly virus. One reason for this is the sheer number of the people getting infected. The second reason is that ‘outer’ solutions are only one small part of the solution. The fight to beat the Coronavirus has to be more of an internal one! Since, the demon we are fighting is an invisible one, Spirituality is the only hope for mankind right now! We have to be at our spiritual best to get past these turbulent times. So, I am going to share the spiritual wisdom which is needed to keep ourselves and our families safe right now. Remember that we can make mankind safe only when we are able to keep ourselves safe! It’s our responsibility to save humanity! We have to turn ourselves into the ‘Preventers of Coronavirus’!!
PREVENTION OF CORONAVIRUS : FORGET IT TO AVOID PANIC!
So, how can we prevent Coronavirus from hitting us? The single most important thing is to forget we are in the middle of this crisis. We need to be calm from within because if we get scared, then this fear will lead us to panic & chaos which will make the situation worse for us. Panic & fear will paralyze us and make us do things that are against our own safety. Only when we are mentally out of the threat of the Coronavirus, will we be able to fight it using our full strength! We just need to study it, understand it and think of the steps that we need to take to beat it.
PREVENTION OF CORONAVIRUS : BE RESPONSIBLE!
But forgetting about the virus doesn’t mean we have to stop being cautious & responsible. In fact, we have to become more aware, careful & responsible than ever before. We have to reach a mental state where we understand our enemy fully well and are not scared but prepared for it. What preparations we need to do to beat the Coronavirus will be covered in the succeeding paragraphs but we first need to re-remember the most important lesson in fighting the virus – FORGET ABOUT THE VIRUS BUT STAY EXTREMELY INFORMED, CAREFUL & RESPONSIBLE! One responsible thing that you can do to avoid the virus is to start practicing Yoga & Meditation regularly. Doing basic breathing, posture & physical exercises could go a long way in boosting your physical & mental immunity that could help avoid Coronavirus in a big way. The advantage of these yogic practices is that they start benefitting the practitioners from the word go! They will not only boost your immunity but will also bring down the stress levels. So, make Yoga & Meditation a part of your daily routine now!!
PREVENTION OF CORONAVIRUS : STAY INDOORS!
When we are fighting a traditional physical war where we can see our enemy and it looks the same as us, we can have the luxury of fighting it in a neutral venue. But when our enemy is extremely small & invisible and is spreading at a rapid speed to get us, every place and every area outside your home is ‘its area’. Actually it can easily enter your home also. So your home is also not safe if you are not smart enough. You yourself might be bringing it home. So, we have to be extremely responsible not to play into the hands of our enemy by going out. So, the second thing that we need to do is – DON’T STEP OUT OF YOUR HOMES! We have to play to our strengths and we are the strongest inside our homes. So, we need to strictly follow the lockdowns in place right now in our respective countries. And if the lockdown has been lifted in your country, then also you need to stay inside your homes till this war against the virus is won completely.
PREVENTION OF CORONAVIRUS : AVOID CONTACT & MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING!
Some governments have made arrangements to provide basic & essential goods like food at our homes. But in some areas it might not be possible to do so or such measures might not be in place due to many different reasons. So, we have to go out to get the basic survival goods. What do we need to do here? The first thing here is to use a mask or a handkerchief to cover you face. Since, the virus’ size is big enough, it allows us to not buy expensive masks and instead use any well-sanitized cloth in its place. The next thing that we need to keep in mind is not to touch anything while you are outside except when you really need to. Go out to the shop, buy & pick your stuff and bring it back home without touching anything else on the way. It is better to go walking than to use your bikes or cars as they can become infected from outside or from inside easily. All along your outing, you should not touch your face even once. If you sweat, you can wipe it with your t-shirt. You also need to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet or 2 meters from everyone. So, the third thing to remember is to GO OUT & BRING YOUR ESSENTIALS WITHOUT TOUCHING ANYTHING ON THE WAY! Minimizing contact with others to keep yourself healthy is an age-old, basic & time-proven principle of spirituality. The is the reason why the Indian ‘Namaste’ has become so popular in the fight against the Coronavirus right now!
PREVENTION OF CORONAVIRUS : WASH HANDS & TAKE BATH FREQUENTLY!
When you return back to your home, do not ring the doorbell. In-spite of you being extremely careful, you might be carrying the virus. Hence, you should not touch anything before washing your hands or taking a bath. So, shout out loud to get the door opened or knock it with your elbow or your knee. Upon entering your home, assign a place to keep things brought from outside and keep the brought stuff there every time you bring them from the market. Although you should avoid buying anything online or accepting any couriers but if its an urgent delivery, keep these items also in this assigned place only. Now, head straight to the wash basin and wash your hands thoroughly. Then, get your phone or wallet well-sanitized as you must have used them while making a digital or cash payment at the shop. After this, once again wash your hands thoroughly. Then change your clothes and put them in the washing machine for laundry. After changing clothes, wash your hands again and then take bath. Do add some disinfectant in the bucket of water you would use for taking bath. So, the fourth thing to remember is DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING UPON REACHING YOUR HOME AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE TAKING A BATH!
PREVENTION IS THE BEST POLICY!
This is how we can prevent or avoid the Coronavirus. Prevention of any virus is easy if are responsible enough. We don’t have to be an expert when it comes to saving ourselves from anything. We are inherently capable of ensuring our safety and survival. The only thing we need to remember in order to to prevent any external threat like a virus is to become a little more aware & responsible! Prevention is definitely better than cure and in the case of Coronavirus prevention is the best strategy to save our lives!