The biggest problem we face today

If I had to describe 2020 in one word it would be ‘Uncertainty’.

Global uncertainty about the present and the future.

Uncertainty about the virus:
Should we be afraid of it and how afraid should we be?
What measures should be taken to keep us safe? Who has the expertise to know what is true, and who is telling the truth? Do they know the truth? Who can we trust?

Uncertainty about our health and well-being:
Are we safe? How likely is it we will get it? When we get infected, will we get very sick or die? Will my family be safe? How contagious is this thing? How long will this thing last? Is it safe to go to a hospital or doctor’s office when I need to?

Uncertainty about the economy and financial well-being:
Will I be able to go back to work (or school)? Is it safe to go back to work (or school)? Should businesses (or schools) close? Re-open? Stay closed? Will the government support me? Will l survive and be able to support myself and my family?

Uncertainty about how we...

Continue Reading...

The REAL cause of the current crisis: An irrational fear of death and disease.

 

“Economic hardship: Yes, very bad, not death. Emotional stress from being locked in a house: Very bad, not death. Domestic violence on the increase: Very bad, not death. And not death of someone else,” Governor Cuomo.

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said the economic devastation is ‘not worse than death’.

I beg to differ, strongly. This virus is not worse than domestic violence, abuse, desolation, and ongoing emotional stress. But:

Who am I, or who is anyone to decide which sacrifice is justifiable?

 

His statement is wrong in two ways:

1. The virus is deadly

(99%-99.9% of people that get infected with the virus survive, although the numbers are so skewed, nobody really knows...)

The public is suffering from anxiety, fear, and worry about this virus because they have been convinced that this is a very deadly virus and we should do everything we can to prevent the spread of infection. First, we were told to stay home and social distance in...

Continue Reading...

Finding Peace in the midst of uncertainty and chaos

Mindfulness in the Time of Pandemic

On Friday May 1st, I started a 10-day virtual Mindfulness retreat. Sounds curious, doesn't it. It is probably one of the first web-based retreats ever, maybe a trend setter?
 
 
Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery and Pacific Hermitage are premiering their first web-based virtual meditation retreat, centered on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
 
Since I am at home and I have not totally delegated all my responsibilities, this retreat is inevitably some kind of hybrid version, not anything like being in a monastery. I have to create a sacred time and place for myself to get the benefit.
 
I want to report how this is going for me, and share with you some of the very basics of the Buddha's teachings and Mindfulness.
 
Birken Forest Monastery
 
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." —Viktor Frankl
...
Continue Reading...

How to feel more secure amidst uncertainty

 

Control your Perception

Feeling insecure and anxious doesn't just appear out of nowhere. It is a response to a signal.

What is the signal? It is an experience that holds information.

Information itself is neutral. It isn't good or bad, right or wrong. We give information a meaning, in other words, we perceive something as bad, or good.

Anxiety then, is the response to our perception of information.

What meaning are you giving to this experience of uncertainty? The meaning you give it determines how you feel and how you act: what you think, what you say, what you do.

A way to manage how information effects your emotions and behaviour is by changing your perception. What other meaning can you give this experience so that it does not trigger anxiety?

Information controls your perception. Perception controls your emotions. Your emotions control your behaviour. In short: Information controls your behaviour.

This is the chain of reaction:

Information...

Continue Reading...
Close

50% Complete

An Apple A Day......

Managing Life as a Female Entrepreneur or Professional is hard enough without a Pandemic.

  • How can you feel safe and secure?
  • How can you feel your most Vital, Active, and Resilient?
  • How can you feel Most Comfortable with yourself?
  • How can you develop and maintain a powerful mindset?

Join "An Apple A Day" to learn HOW.