Time for Spiritual Growth [Quarantine Day 19]

It’s DAY 19 of our #LOCKDOWN and people are getting antsy.

Everyone’s asking the same question – “When will this end?”

As a super-optimistic & positive-thinker, I reply: “soon, relax” and this too shall pass”.

Lest you think I’m out of touch with reality, let me assure you that:

I know this “C” is serious [I refuse to even speak its name out alive]. I also know that how we live and work and do business in the future will permanently change after we conquer this pandemic. And let’s not even talk about the economy that’s practically in the freaking drain.

HOWEVER, no doom and gloom talk for me. Instead, I’m using this “period of rest” to grow spiritually and in mind & body by:

  1. Spending 40 minutes on the treadmill daily.  Jogging at a speed of 3.6 for 7-8 minutes, then running at a speed of 6 for 45-60 seconds. It’s not a real HIIT routine per se, but hey, it’s working for me. [HIIT = high-intensity interval training]
  2. Meditating for 75 minutes daily.  This would have been my Achilles heel.  But the universe was perhaps preparing me for exactly this, with all that I went through these past few years. (read my blog about that here). During my solitude, I name each and every one of my loved ones, ask them for forgiveness, give gratitude for their being in my life, and ask the Universe to bless them. I also give gratitude for all that I have during this time when so many others aren’t as fortunate.
  3. Eating only once a day. I’ve been doing this off and on over the past couple of years. But during this quarantine period, I’m strictly enforcing the “one-meal-a-day” rule upon myself. Yes, only ONE meal per day (at dinner time with family) but liquids like lassi (buttermilk), coffee, & tea are permitted all day.
  4. Keeping the news channels off. I don’t listen to or watch the news. I don’t need to know how many died today or how many are predicted to die. I only intake “positive” food for my mind. [Of course, I’m aware of what’s going on by going to Google News twice a day and that too, only reading the headlines.]
  5. Reading. I’m a readaholic so reading is as necessary to me as is breathing, lol.  I like to read spiritual stuff and fiction novels –  mostly patriotic thrillers but I’m also partial to good romances (mostly Victorian). I read at every opportunity I get – and I have to ration my reading time or else I can finish a good 400+ page book in less than three days.
  6. Listening to Spiritual Talks. I’ve once again become a “practicing Jain” and to that end, each night at bedtime, I listen to spiritual talks given by two renowned and learned Jain monks who nourish my mind and have created within me, a desire to “be more, do more.”
  7. Writing. Like reading, writing is one of my favorite pass times. I write books, blogs, and movie scripts and I’m using this time to get a leg-up on all the writing I’ve wanted to do but never had enough time to.
  8. Cooking. I’ve always loved cooking and my family loves eating – so it isn’t surprising that I’m spending more of my free time cooking than ever before. I cook all types of cuisines and am always creating new recipes that transform non-Indian dishes into spicier, Indian-fusion versions. Eggless French Beignets with chocolate sauce below. Yes, Homemade!
  9. Staying in Touch. Whatsapp, email, and text messaging have created an unplanned distance between our loved ones. Yes, although we can stay in touch with many at the touch of a button, it’s also the reason why we’ve forgotten what a loved one sounds like, lol. So while I’m on the treadmill or while I’m cooking, I’m also on the phone – calling friends and family and telling them to stay home and be safe.
  10. Gardening. Now that spring is here, it’s time to prep my plants for the outdoors. Below you’ll see a small section of my winter indoor garden. I’m also getting ready to plant my herbs and vegetables, so that come June, I can plant them in my outdoor garden.  [I’m also in the process of setting up a “hydroponics” garden…but more on that another time.]

So, I leave you with this.

With the lockdown, ALMOST ALL of us have an abundance of time right now. And so each day, I encourage you to,

  • Do something you enjoy
  • Start that long-dreamed-of project
  • Show & offer gratitude
  • Listen to and share only “uplifting” messages
  • Pick up the phone and talk to your loved ones
  • Take naps
  • Relax
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