To be honest, what makes me bored lately is not the necessity to stay at home during this pandemic but the talk about the virus itself. If the various chats about the virus contain ideas that are fun, inspiring, encouraging, motivating, giving hope, good news and others, of course, I will not get bored listening and paying attention but if it contains more opinions, issues, news or information that spread fear, it’s very boring.
I think fear has dominated humans for a long time, even sometime after birth, both as intuition and thought. As intuition, fears and worries are natural signs of self-preservation but the constant fear and continuing worry are enemies of this body, even to the happiness and peace that humans often dream of.
“Anxiety dries blood faster than age.”
Some people have called me during this crisis, some say that my advice to meditate or relaxation or pray properly is useless in the current situation, while others say that they can feel calm and peaceful in the face of a crisis and even feel ready to face the worst situation (including death) if that has to happen. Well, of course, many factors can influence these various perspectives, but being hidden or said, fear (mainly of death) or sincerity in life really determines one’s perspective.
Actually I do not care about people’s assumption that my suggestion is useful or not, that is their right, but I care about their happiness and peace. They may say that my suggestion is useless but please do not poison their minds and bodies with fear and then spread the poison to others. They may also pretend not to be afraid but their various opinions and points of view illustrate that fear clearly. Of course “not being afraid” does not mean looking down on the situation, being careless or not careful. Not fearing at least means enjoying and fully realizing life at the moment, also ensuring that reality within is something supposed to shape reality outside and not vice versa.
Indeed, It takes effort to make adjustments to the mind, let alone to reprogramming, but the effort is worth doing both for now or later (if there is still later). Someone who does not know how to match his mind to the situation, then that person can be said been hypnotized (even hijacked) by fear or even to have died. Let’s turn our mind inward, and try to find (source) pleasure in yourself.
Only when the mind is properly controlled and directed can it be useful to its owner and to the surrounding community. An irregular mind is a loss both for the owner and for the surrounding community. All the chaos that arises in this world is the creation of humans who have not yet learned to regulate, balance and calm their minds.
Illustration: Digital Painting by Albert Herdie.
I’m sure you’re not overpowered by continuous excessive fear, right?