Hello daily newscast. I welcome you into my home because I want to know what’s happening. But all these pandemic predictions just make me want to rush to Costco and buy 200 rolls of toilet paper! Instead, I’ll turn off the TV and breathe.
All around the world, people are ill and afraid, unable to breathe freely. Someday, I too may have this experience.
But now, in this wonderful moment, right here on this couch, I breathe in peace.
Across the vineyards of Bordeaux, the plazas of Rome, and the meditation halls of Zen monasteries, bells ring out and recall us to ourselves. These bells of mindfulness remind us to stop whatever we’re doing in order to pay attention to what is beautiful, nourishing, and healing. Could COVID-19 also be a bell of mindfulness? Can this pandemic remind us to stop
and touch the preciousness of our fleeting lives? Our island community, our fresh air, the budding spring flowers, and returning Robins are easy to overlook without bells of mindfulness.
COVID-19, I hear you. Thank you for reminding me to stop. Thank you for reminding me
to notice this precious life.