This now is a time like no other, all my family members tell me how they’ve never experienced anything like this. It is such a strange time, to be locked inside and socialising in this new age, group video chats in virtual bars. Festivals closed, concerts and cinemas all locked down. I can’t imagine what it must be like on the frontline of all of this.
During this time I wish good health for you, your family and friends. Now is a time for us to connect more than ever and be strong in this! And although the world has been flipped and we’re in lockdown. My best advice is to not delve into screens promoting the worst of things. I’ve discovered that the news from multiple sources is just rotatory articles of the same stories, mostly designed to scare us and bring negativity. Of course, it’s good to know the core ideas to practice and live by, stay at home, avoid unnecessary travel to other buildings, wash you hands etc. But if you read the reports from all over the world you may end up falling down endless rabbit holes of darkness, and it’s not enjoyable.
The past couple of weeks I’ve woken up and fallen into this sunken worry of the world, that glued me to the mattress in this anxious saddened state. As I’ve probably consumed too much of this worldwide horrific news.
Instead, turn this off and focus on the time that we’ve been gifted. It might be hard to see it as a gift. But if we do, it’s an opportunity to connect deeper with our family and friends. A chance to sit still, slow down and jump into our minds and understand ourselves. A chance for nature to take a break from humans relentless travel and to finally breath.
A good friend virtual slapped/snapped me out of continuous delving into the Newsline rabbit holes. She said, “As soon as you wake, get up, take a deep breath, close your eyes, think of the good that you have now and the good that you will make, then get out, shake your body and start working towards good things“.
This lockdown is a standstill, a time to slow down and reflect on our individual, communal and worldwide actions. Learn from our mistakes, understand our minds and begin to plant new and good thoughts to elevate our futures and build a better world.
Ideas on what to do with so much time indoors;
- Meditate on our thoughts and understand our own mind.
- Relax and still the mind, body and soul. Perhaps by reading a book, or sitting in the garden, watching the birds.
- Create/explore ideas. Draw, paint, sculpt, sing, dance, write, design or recycle a bunch of junk and create a junk robot out of old tins, boxes and plant pots.
- Join together as a family, play games, share stories, share recipes, host your own TV game show. Connect deeper.
- Write that book you’ve always spoken about. Learn that language you’ve intended to for years. Exercise, start yoga, tai-chi.
- Clear out that room and paint a mural on the wall. Find all your old photographs and create a collage across the kitchen wall.
- Live stream something you enjoy doing? Start a twitch.tv channel on playing chess against your Dad.
- Write your own list – ‘100 Things to Do in Isolation’.
My own intentions;
- Write plenty of music and learn cover songs. Prepare a set of songs with added vocals to later take to the streets.
- Work on my fictional worlds and begin writing short stories.
- Connect with my Sister, Mum, her husband and my dog – pretty east to connect with a dog; cuddles + walks + treats + playfights!
- Meditate and read a lot.
- Mindmapping on music and the business behind it. Especially that of live streaming and generating an income via online platforms.
- Blog more. More content for social media – learn about these platforms to better understand how to give better content for followers.
- …many more things…
Yesterdays live-stream audio chopped up and loaded to Bandcamp (above). The full live video below;
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Big love for you all who’ve read through this! Let me know your ideas on what to do during the lockdown, comment below. Share with anyone who you think will benefit from this!
Wishing you all the best! 😀