Corona Chronicles: Meditating

I typically don’t share much about my personal spiritual practice because I know that even in the 21st century, people still consider some things a little woo-woo, and I’d rather not get into a back-and-forth about validity. But, after a couple coronavirus weeks and listening to people, I think a conversation about meditation may be helpful.

meditating_1In the early part of 1998, I had a miscarriage that resulted in a D&C. Shortly after that procedure (and against the doctor’s advice), I was pregnant again with my firstborn. In order to calm my mind and focus on having a healthy baby, I read a book my mother-in-law had passed on to me about creative visualization. The internet calls creative visualization a cognitive process. I’m not sure if that’s different than meditation, but for this post, I’ve decided they’re the same. Whatever camp it’s in, creative visualization is what first taught me how to focus my mind on a subject.

Sixteen years later, when I wanted to understand why my relationships weren’t going so well, I downloaded a guided meditation led by Deepak and Oprah. This meditation lasted 15 minutes a day for 21 days. Deepak provided daily mantras and journal prompts centered on specific traits of the theme, which in this case was called, “Miraculous Relationships.” Quite honestly, this worked for me and I discovered more about myself and how to engage in healthier ways with everyone. The relationships I currently have are my testament.

After the relationship meditation, I began reading about chakras. I was intrigued by the information, which I’ll briefly summarize. In short, chakras represent the body’s energy centers. They can be blocked, spinning in the wrong direction, or too open. The idea is for them to be open and aligned.

chakraAs soon as I read about each chakra, I related immediately to how the explanations represented different parts of my life, which had slipped out of alignment. For example, I knew my throat chakra, which is associated with self-expression, was too open because symptoms included gossiping, arrogance, and condescension. For those of you who only know me through this blog, it may seem uncharacteristic, but at one point, these described me perfectly. Conversely, once I began chakra-based meditations, I began to speak a little differently and learned to communicate in kinder ways (i.e., this blog).

This leads me to our current times. Everything from trending hasghtags, like #staythefuckhome to a man dying from eating fish tank cleaner because it included ingredients of an alleged cure is evidence to me that the coronavirus has the world functioning in fear. I understand why we’re so afraid. I totally get being worried, considering life seems unstable. But, I also know it is unhealthy to remain stuck in these emotions and fully believe feeling unsafe and anxiety ridden are examples of our root, sacral, and solar plexus chakras being imbalanced.

So, last week, I focused on me. I meditated on balancing my own root, sacral, and solar plexus chakras to remind myself that everything is okay, because it is. The one I like to practice is by Late Blooming Light Worker. Her meditations include a 10-point process, which I’ve found to be a comprehensive way to:

  • breathe mindfully,
  • remove body pains,
  • focus on one chakra at a time,
  • learn mudras (hand positions),
  • practice affirmations, and
  • chant.

Meditating on the three chakras above helped me to listen to coronavirus news, while maintaining a calm sense of understanding about the present status of my own life, which I control no matter what disease is spreading.

So what say you? I try not to give advice, but I do think using creative visualization could be a great way to envision the type of world in which you’d like to live. A guided meditation may help you understand yourself a little more. Aligning your chakras could prevent you from slipping into fear-based living.

Either way, please let me know how you’ve been coping and what you’ve been doing. If you meditate, let me know which kind. If not, then feel free to share how you’ve been staying above the fray, while corona is among us.

Be well.

~kg 3/24/20

56 thoughts on “Corona Chronicles: Meditating

  1. Thanks for this beautiful post. I’m sorry this learning curve came to you through difficult times but I think you were brave to share it and now is definitely the time for people to practise mindfulness and meditation, especially if living in isolation without flatmates or a family.

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  2. I’ve been meditating every day for almost 5 years, which is probably why I am almost too chill right now. LOL. The InsightTimer app is usually my go-to It’s free and meditations range from a few minutes to an hour on varying subjects, including breathing and guided meditations for anxiety, relationships, physical healing, chakras, chanting and covid-stress relief. It also has binaural beats which I find helpful to have playing in the background.

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    1. I hear you. I fluctuate between “everybody calm down” to “oh sh*t the world is on fire.” Maybe it’s balance lol Thanks also for sharing this. I think there’s a blogger here who plays music for insight…now I’ll have to check it out for sure. I didn’t realize it was so varied in what it offered.

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  3. Kathy, this is totally up my alley. Once upon a time I was a yoga instructor, Reiki master, meditated, visualized, you name it. Then I started working full time in higher ed and all that went out the window. I feel like there are two mes, the one I used to be and me now. I miss the old me, but recently I rejoined the yoga studio where I did my YTT and starting doing a class on Daily Om that includes meditation. It’s a start and it’s funny how I started before this Covid-19 started, almost like I needed to prepare. Thanks for being open. All of this stuff works and I swear by it. So much healthier than wine…

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    1. I don’t Kim…wine is a close second lol

      Thanks also for sharing about your two mes. It seems that sometimes it’s hard to find the balance. I also think we have a knowing about the world. I’ve noticed what you’ve said (preparing) with a lot of people in a lot of ways, including myself. For example, there were so many things I had to give up prior to this point; otherwise, the old me going through this would’ve gone nutz for sure.

      Anywho, I also can’t say enough that I’m glad to see you back here ❤

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  4. First, I think you are spot on. We know about chi and that meditation works. Chakras, too. We use New Age music based on this each night for rest and sleep.
    It helps me that I am married to my best friend, and we spend a lot of time together routinely. We don’t watch TV and prefer a book.
    Wishing you the best!

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  5. I guess we are in a period where many are helping each other now. I am a true believer in the power of the chakras. My “go to” book on this topic would be The Book Of Chakra Healing – by Liz Simpson.The Down Dog app for yoga practice also can be adapted well for chakra meditation.

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  6. I think meditation, guided or not, is a great thing for our bodies and our minds. I’ve never been able to get into the practice myself, but I know so many who have and they have definitely benefited from it. I think when it comes to spiritual practices, we each have to discover what works for us, and go with that…no explanations or apologies needed!

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  7. I haven’t really been focusing on the spiritual too much , but when I do want to do some for of introspection I like to use Norse Runes to kind of play around with what I’m feeling about things . Its pretty fun like Tarot , and sometimes I’ll have my friends ask me things to ask the runes . Its not really fortune telling as much as its just addressing current things in our lives and looking at how to tackle it. I think things like that are healthy really . For the current situation I’ve been really into video games as they are a good escape . I also like to read , whether its about animals , archeology or just a fantasy novel .

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    1. I’ve heard of runes! I never quite understood how they worked, though. I’ve been reading tarot cards for myself and they seem very accurate. I’ve also been taking this time to read and thought about blogging about each book. We’ll see. Thanks for reading and chiming in!

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  8. as always, wonderful post, Kathy. I’ve been using meditation apps for a few years now. most recently am in love with a totally free Australian one, Smiling Mind. as for dealing with stresses of today’s crisis, have been dwelling upon how truly it is for me to see the entire planet working toward one cause as best they can, hoarders included who I view as merely misguided and confounded. also, I have family in worst hit Iran, along with badly hit Italy & Spain — & fortunately all folks I know are ok. and there’s all the additional everyday heroes doing best to help think of new ways out of this, ie Kaiser now has some little clinics in Target stores… we all need to work together & put our minds together. I’m seeing some good already coming of this, a sort of ‘reset’ button moment to value better how interconnected we all are, how we need to care for everyone around the globe as we would our kin, think whether we want to commute so far for work, work so crazy round the clock, etc. Of course, my heart goes out to those with absolutely no safety net, at this moment my thoughts on undocumented workers who won’t get US government help… all in all, I have it easy & am constantly reminded that it’s due to sheer luck/good fortune as well as the wonderfulness of humankind…

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    1. Thanks for sharing da-AL! Having family in those specific areas sounds like it could be stressful, but I agree that now is the time that we can all come together for one another’s benefit. Now IS also a time for us to hit a hard re-set on so many things. I’m a little miffed about the 2 trillion dollar stimulus package…more about that later, but I can see how it, too, may be a way to support us in different ways.

      Sending you some light and love in your part of the country ❤

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      1. I really think we should let the current business infrastructure crumble so we can start over. I also think TWO TRILLION dollars can be spent on more tests, ventilators, equipment for scientists, etc.

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  9. Hi. Undoubtedly there’s great validity in what you practice and describe. I don’t know much about the subject, though.

    For now, I keep up with the news about the virus, but limit my exposure. Too much news would bring me down way too much.

    Take care. Be well.

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  10. I pray at night for the health and safety of my family and friends, health care personnel, and all other essential workers. I visualize putting my worries into God’s hands; it helps me sleep. I try to limit my consumption of news (too many COVID-19 graphs make my head spin). Every day, I do something productive (do a chore, try a new recipe, crochet, write in my journal), do something active (stretch or walk my dog), and notice something beautiful (lilies of the valley, a full moon on a clear night). And I try not to perseverate on the many germy hands that might have touched my groceries, sundries, packages, and mail. 🙂 Meditation is hard for me, but I haven’t given up. And no, I don’t think it’s too woo-woo.

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    1. Thanks for adding these Joan. I think they’re all important. Overthinking about the germy-germs has not helped anyone, thus far, as far as I can tell. I also think it’s the perfect time to learn something new or return to something old. It sounds like you’re doing well and I hope you continue to ❤

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  11. Yes to all of this. (Except your d&c..that’s heartbreaking) I started meditating in high school and practice daily. Aligning my chakras is like brushing my teeth.

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    1. Thanks E! The D & C was…an experience. How did you get into meditation in high school? And I completely understand that last comparison. I really feel in tune and can assess when I’m a little off.

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  12. This works. My family and I use mediation with prayer and a few other rituals to bring peace and manifestation. I’m all for sacred space and calming the mind and spirit. Thank you for sharing this with us. I’m right with you 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you said this. Sometimes people think prayer and meditation are the same thing and I’m pretty sure they’re not.

      Maybe if enough of us continue, we can re-balance some things ❤

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  13. Lol ‘woo woo’ or not if meditation works for you then that’s brilliant 🙂 . Watching TV News is perhaps the most harrowing emotionally draining part of my life right now, so my advice is choose a trusted News outlet, stick with that one (mine’s BBC) and limit yourself to short watching slots. The worst thing anyone can do is idle away the hours surfing one unattributed story after another. I’ll try a little meditation! Take care.

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    1. Agreed! And I completely agree about limiting media engagement. I sometimes feel worse after watching or scrolling, so you’re right…I only watch long enough to get the actual “news” part and then disengage.

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  14. One must be aware of the true benefits and sometimes cautions of Meditation. When practiced for extended periods there are many sidebars and experiences provided beyond the perceived belief. You may not be as WOO-WOO as you think.

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      1. Is there Science in Meditation? I feel not for meditatioin is like working the computer for answers. We are inquisitive beings and the natural progression is to gain insight. As you practice, the desire to go further will take over and in that you may find a whole new world. Ofcourse, I am no expert, only a student.

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    1. Do you remember the name of it? And yep…breathing is one aspect. Sometimes we get a little anxious and start shallow breathing. Something like breathing more mindfully can literally be a lifesaver.

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