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Whilst we work our way through the cloud of uncertainty and concern relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is good to think about how the tools we use every day for our own benefit can be extended to include an inherent social responsibility we should all share for our friends and community members, especially those care workers and medical support and emergency staff, in assisting in navigating our way through to brighter times.
When considering the purpose of mindfullness relating to our personal lives as a technique for creating a pinpoint focus on actions and tasks we do during our lives to create a meditative type state of mind, and expanding that outwards to applying such a keen focus on how we behave under these times, especially in relation to others in our communities such as the elderly and vulnerable, can and should result in considering who is likely to need help to gather sufficient staple goods to be comfortable, as well as how to ensure they are kept that way through regular contact and replenishment, by those more able to do so.
Being mindfull of how we react to the situation, and by not succumbing to the mindless panic buying and selfishness being exhibited by many, for whom this is their first experience of a national or international health or wellbeing crisis, will aid the effectiveness of both a) those services trying to ensure the public is supported and protected as much as possible, and b) management of the spread of the virus, and put everyone in a better place to have an accelerated recovery back to normality.
As a proud member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), I am offering advice to a number of organisations based on Government and the CMA's collective advisory recommendations, for remaining calm and using common sense to reflect on how we go about our days, and adjusting our activities to minimise the opportunities for contact with either items likely to be carrying the virus (door handles, public transport buttons, handles etc) or people who might be spreading, by maintaining a 2m personal space as we move about, as well as self-isolating if you personally feel it is sensible, prudent and responsible to do so.
Remember too that assisting does not always mean taking an action, it can equally require NOT doing something or going somewhere.
Stay safe and try to apply more common sense to your decisions through mindfully considering every action you take, and how it affects the wider community.