The news lately about Coronavirus has been dreadful and deeply upsetting. At times I've felt unwilling to accept all the change that this virus is bringing to our lives. From fear for our safety and well-being, to worries about work and school changes, to the cancellations of events left and right--"this shouldn't be happening!" I keep thinking.
Today I found myself snapping at a colleague; it was only then that I realized how truly agitated I felt by the onslaught of news and concern for many beloveds. This evening I came home and had a good cry. I was able to really feel my fear, my protectiveness, and grief. This gave me a more grounded feeling, and I was able to meditate.
And it hit me:
We were made for this time!
If you are a meditator, you've been cultivating the skills you need to get through the difficulties of this time.
Qualities like acceptance, presence, adaptability, and radical compassion.
This is the time we've been practicing for!
And since it looks like we will be spending more time at home, its a perfect time to re-dedicate to practice.
If you're interested in taking up this call to meditate, join our virtual sangha by Zoom this Sunday evening at 6:30. We'll do two rounds of meditation together, in the safety pf our own homes. And I'll give a dharma talk on Coronavirus and Meditation Practice at 7:30. Please join us!
Megan Rundel is the resident teacher at the Crimson Gate Meditation Community in Oakland, CA..