Using the Coronavirus lockdown and quarantine period to connect with Source
Right now is the perfect opportunity to take some time off to connect with yourself and to meditate.
Take advantage of this time by taking a step away from everything and instead cultivate inner silence and connect more deeply with yourself.
If you’re not ready to do a few days offline, then why not just take a 24-hour social media and news fast, just to see what it’s like?
Your mind will go rampant and you will come to see how addicted it is to external stimuli and how it wants to do anything but being still and quiet.
When it does this, pay attention to what fears come up and work on seeing through and releasing the fears and you will find a freedom and peace that you never even knew existed.
“The peace that passeth all understanding” is real, and it’s attainable for anyone who is ready to meet themselves in silence.
Here’s a link to some of my articles that can help you release your fears and worries: #FEAR
If 24 hours feels too long, which it probably will for people who are used to being on social media all the time, then what if you just dedicated a small portion of your day to complete silence?
Just an hour of silence every day would transform your life in ways you can’t even imagine right now.
It’s the connection to Source, to the Divine within you, to “God”, or whatever word you want to use to describe it, that is the answer and solution to everything in life.
If you feel the invitation and calling from within to take some quiet time alone, then do it, say Yes to it.
For a period of time, whether it’s a few days, or for the next 24 hours, or even the next hour; stop all activity on the outside.
Cease to engage on social media, stop watching the news, just stop everything and instead turn within and watch your mind and what happens inside you when you do this.
Totally disengage from everything, from all communication even (turn off your phone too), and take some time off to meditate and just breathe.
Or just sit and do absolutely nothing at all.
Just sit and be a witness to whatever happens and to the content of your mind. This is incredibly powerful, as is prayer as it’s an act of wanting to connect with the deeper aspects of yourself.
It’s about connecting and making yourself open to guidance from within.
Prayer connects you with higher consciousness, and you can engage in ‘prayer’, or live a prayerful life, even if you’re an atheist, as it’s all about connecting and communicating with your inner being and the (nonconceptual) Source of all creation.
It’s through this connection that you will receive new insights and awareness that you then can take with you when you return to the world again after your time in solitude and stillness.
Here’s a few helpful suggestions:
- State a clear intention regarding why you want to take some time off to be quiet, and for how long you’re going to do it.
Write a ‘this is why’-list of the reasons you want to do this, because once you begin the quiet period the ego-mind will come in with all kinds of reasons why it’s a stupid idea and why you should postpone it to tomorrow instead.
By having your reasons clarified and a set time on it, it’s going to be easier for you to take charge of your mind and to follow through on what you have decided to do.
So when the ego-mind starts to protest (as it will), see it as the perfect opportunity to watch it when it gets going with its resistance to stillness.
It’s going to say a lot of things and tell you things that are not true, so watch how it’s trying to take back control over your life.
Here’s an article that I think you might like and find helpful: “The sudden urge to sleep when meditating (How the mind creates distractions)“
Most people think that the voice inside their head is who they are, so they just blindly follow whatever it’s saying and telling them without ever questioning it.
In reality, you are the one noticing the voice, but most people identify with it, thinking it is them.
So by watching it and becoming more and more aware of the ego-voice, you will be able to disconnect from it and ultimately liberate yourself from it completely.
- Besides from having a set time for the period of stillness (if you’re doing a longer one), you can also set some rules for yourself.
The “rules” can be for example that you only check your email once or twice a day (if you absolutely have to) at a specific time, and that you can watch a movie in the evening after 8 PM or whatever.
Checking your inbox is understandable if it has to do with your work, but to check it every hour is not necessary.
Same with social media. In my opinion, it’s not necessary to check the feed at all in the period you have chosen to not engage with the outside world.
Have one last look, and then let that be it. 😊
- If all you will do is to meditate or sit for an hour doing absolutely nothing, then be very clear about that intention.
This comes back to my first suggestion, on why your intention is important.
Because even if you do this for only one hour (compared to 3 days or 24 hours, or whatever), your mind will protest.
It’s going to get restless and wonder how many minutes are left before it can go back to checking the Facebook-feed again.
Don’t let it. Realize that it’s just the addicted, conditioned self wanting to have its dopamine hit.
Make a serious effort to really just sit there, for the whole hour, not allowing your mind to go in any direction of either past or future.
Stay in the now, and each time the mind starts to wander, bring it back to Here and Now.
Don’t wait for the hour to be over but instead practice present moment awareness.
Do your best to detach from the aspect of time completely.
You can even set your alarm clock for this so you don’t have to think about the time at all.
If you sincerely want to connect more deeply with yourself, or even if you just do this as an experiment to see what it’s like, then really pay attention to the resistance within you (because it will show up) and become more interested in that, than in wanting to know how many people have liked your quote-picture on Instagram.
The voice that wants to, and tells you, to check your social media to see if someone has commented on your latest post, is not your real voice.
When you hear that voice, remember your intention, the reasons why you wanted to do this, and you will begin to create a shift in your consciousness.
And since you know why you want to do this and you have chosen to do this for yourself, .. then you should really be intrigued and curious about the resitance and ask yourself some serious questions, such as;
“wtf is that other voice in my head??”
If it’s not your voice, then what is it doing there? Who gave it permission to take up space in your mind? And even be the boss of what you should or shouldn’t do?
“What is that voice, and how come it’s so persistent and opinionated?”
Be more interested in finding that out, than in what’s going on in the outside world, in the news, and in your social media feed.
And now things will begin to get very interesting, 😊 .. And if you go deeper with this and if you refuse to listen to the voice inside you that is saying that this is a stupid idea and that you can maybe do it tomorrow instead,
You will come to find ‘the peace that passeth all understanding’, and live your life from that place within you, aligned with the truth of who you really are.
Here’s a few other posts that can inspire you to take some time to just be with yourself in silence:
“Why are you so petrified of silence?
Here can you handle this?
Did you think about your bills, you ex, your deadlines
Or when you think you’re going to die?
Or did you long for the next distraction?
And all I need know is intellectual intercourse
A soul to dig the hole much deeper
And I have no concept of time other than it is flying
If only I could kill the killer
All I really want is some peace man”
– Alanis Morisette, “All I really want”.
Peace is what we all want, and when our spirit is asking us to go within, we should listen:
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