Lifeline – Covid-19

Lifeline – Covid-19

 

These days are troubling, yet exciting. Our shared reality has shifted from a known, to an unknown. There is a discovery process happening in each and every one of us, we have no choice but to change.

Life. Line

noun

  1. 1.
    a thing on which someone or something depends or which provides a means of escape from a difficult situation.
    “the telephone has always been a lifeline for Gabby and me”
  2. 2.
    a rope or line used for life-saving, typically one thrown to rescue someone in difficulties in water or one used by sailors to secure themselves to a boat.

We all have someone, if we choose, that could be considered as a lifeline, don’t we? A trusted family member, a close friend or even a stranger that shows up just at the right time, that precise moment, when hope is fading?

I am not going to engage in the prevention paradox surrounding this pandemic. There are countless scenarios of a fear based society being pushed down the collective throat of humanity. If you so choose, you can literally pick your poison and watch it needlessly destroy what joy you have left in life. Honestly, do you think, we, as the global victims of this happening will ever truly know the “who, what, & why”?

I believe the only truth we will ever really know is the one that we are all experiencing right now, a reality shift, something new is coming. A new normal is upon us and that, my friends, if we let it, can really scare us. We have become accustomed to the social norm which has allowed a sense of security with our day to day actions, now a viral storm has ripped that known reality apart.

When the safety of our reality is threatened we have two distinct emotional protocols we draw upon, Fight or Flight.

Let’s take a look at the “Fight” protocol first, this is most Americans’ go to reaction when personal safety is threatened, it’s the main action programmed by our current societal norm. We see this underlying thread of fighting within mass media, movies, gun culture, video games, etc. 

Within this fighting protocol there are also two distinct paths we can take: The offensive/reactive path which is usually showcased by aggression (raised voices, threatening body postures, displays of force, an unwillingness to think big picture) In most conversations with the offensive/reactive  path you will find an “I” type of engagement.  

Columbus coronavirus protests at the Ohio Statehouse

In contrast, the defensive/proactive path is usually showcased by compassion  (listening, displays of connection, a willingness to think big picture) In most conversations with the defensive/proactive you will find a “we” type of engagement. 

April is Stress Awareness Month. The graphic displays several ways for people to keep mentally fit during Coronavirus Disease 2019. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

We see these two “Fight” paths outlined by the emotional state and actions of individuals, we encounter on different types of media platforms. 

The second type of emotional protocol that may be engaged when the safety of our reality is threatened is that of a “Flight” protocol. However, and this is important, given the restrictions in social interactions and the Stay at Home orders, the flight protocol is thereby restricted. There is now no availability to flee, there is no place which can be considered “safe” from the danger of this virus.  These “Flight” paths are showcased by withdrawing (closing down, losing contact, absorbing the fear base, feeling of doom, end of the world)

This emotional path is by far the most dangerous to the individual. Federal agencies and experts warn that a historic wave of mental-health problems is approaching: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. In fact, A study of the Great Recession that began in late 2007 found that for every percentage point increase in the unemployment rate, there was about a 1.6 percent increase in the suicide rate. As suicide rates have fallen around the world, the rate in the United States has climbed every year since 1999, increasing 33 percent in the past two decades.

What does this mean to us? It means that “we” as concerned and connected individuals have a responsibility to ourselves and to those around us. The friends, co-workers, distant family, and neighbors we haven’t talked with lately, we need them and they need us. We have to be proactive in reaching out, listening, connecting, and actually caring for others. Whether it’s a phone call or a video chat, make something happen. Become a Lifeline.  

Here is my Lifeline to you – each and every one of you who dares to catch the rope. What do you have to lose – nothing –  it won’t cost you a dime.  

Have you ever heard of: 

Gaia hypothesis

noun

  1. the theory, put forward by James Lovelock, that living matter on the earth collectively defines and regulates the material conditions necessary for the continuance of life. The planet, or rather the biosphere, is thus likened to a vast self-regulating organism.

 

I believe in this Gaia hypothesis having seen it work wonders in my own life and in the lives of others. In order to regulate the conditions which define how my life is lived, I make sure I nourish my soul & spirit with good, positively reinforced, soul food.

Below is a link for some good soul food. Gaia.com is viewable on many sources such as smartphones, Roku, online, etc. You will have to enter  your credit card information but there is a free seven day trail  – which you can cancel at any time. 

Do yourself a solid and have a adventure – learn about epigenetics with a leading biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton, or come to understand your brain and the wonders of neuroplasticity with Dr. Joe Dispenza.

OK, perhaps you just want to veg out – instead of Netflix or Amazon Prime – how about over 8,000 films on Gaia !!

Here’s the link – take some time and get your mind right – it is one of the healthiest thing you can do for yourself right now.

https://www.gaia.com/invite/join?rfd=74MXOg

Be Well Be Safe

Michael

1 Comment on Lifeline – Covid-19

  1. Interesting post! Had never heard of the prevention paradox or the Gaia hypothesis.
    I had never considered our withdraw mechanisms as “flight” answers but it make sense.
    Really wonder what our “new normal” will be – but I don’t think it’ll be better and I already miss the “old normal” 🙁

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