At Discover Healing, we’re focused on lending a helping hand during the current world pandemic known as COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus. We’re taking steps to help prevent the spread of this virus including transitioning our fast-approaching live events to a virtual platform. But another major issue we want to add our voice to is the necessity for positive vibrations, hope, love, and healing. In this blog post, we’re going to take a deeper look at new perspectives of COVID-19 and what we, as people of the earth, can do to make a difference in the way this impacts our communities.
Social Distancing to Slow the Spread of a Virus like COVID-19 is a Powerful Tool!
Even without a vaccine or fool-proof plan to completely stop the spread of Covid-19, social distancing can be really effective. When we follow the guidelines and recommendations for social distancing, each of us can positively impact on the spread of the Coronavirus. Person-to-person transmission is dramatically slowed, which in turn has a positive impact on our hospitals and care givers. When the spread of the virus is slowed down, care centers have fewer cases to treat. Hospitals see less overflow, staff members and supplies are less overwhelmed.
Here are some great resources that show the benefits of social distances.
From The Washington Post – Why Outbreaks like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially and How to “Flatten the Curve”
From Live Science – Coronavirus: What is ‘flattening the curve,’ and will it work?
Social Distancing Gives the World a Chance to Breathe
Image Source: Earth Observatory at NASA
With social distances and many businesses and travel industries moving a bit slower these days, air pollution is settling down. In an article titled Airborne Nitrogen Dioxide Plummets Over China by Kasha Patel at NASA, we can see another upside to quarantines in China.
“…pollution monitoring satellites have detected significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) over China. There is evidence that the change is at least partly related to the economic slowdown following the outbreak of coronavirus…By January 23, 2020, Chinese authorities had shut down transportation going into and out of Wuhan, as well as local businesses…It was the first of several quarantines set up in the country and around the world.”
This images show concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, a noxious gas emitted by transportation, industrial complexes and power plants before and after the recent quarantine.
“According to NASA scientists, the reduction in NO2 pollution was first apparent near Wuhan, but eventually spread across the country. Millions of people have been quarantined in one of the largest such actions in human history… “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event,” said Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.”
Turn Down the Noise and Revel in Quiet Spaces
“Silence is a source of great strength.”
– Lao Tzu
With the presence of this pandemic and recommendations for social distancing, we’re being given a unique opportunity to turn down the noise of the world and embrace the quiet. With this opportunity, we can benefit greatly from tuning into our spirits, spending time with our thoughts, enjoying our quiet homes and outdoors, and more.
Silence is good for overall physical health and well-being. During times when outside sources are turned down and we have space to dig into ourselves, we find opportunities for more creativity, more awareness of self and our environment, deeper reflection, and our sense of being.
From Psych Central: The Hidden Benefits of Silence By Suzanne KaneLast
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they has been healed.”
– Kitty O’Meara
Hi Everyone, I live in New Zealand in the South Pacific and our country is now on total lock down for a minimum of 4 weeks, except for essential services. Police and army are monitoring those who have a desire to break this rule. We are fantastically lucky to have an awesome leader, Jacinda Ardern, our Prime Minister and her motto to us is to “be kind, stay home and stay safe”. So that is the motto I would like to pass onto all of you, “be kind, stay home and stay safe”. Best wishes, Helen