Some of us will contract the virus. Many of us won’t.
But whether we do, or whether we don’t, all of us are subject to the threat of it.
And threat, from anywhere, can being anxiety, tension, and concern, for others as well as for ourselves.
While getting, are not getting, the virus may be the luck of the draw, dealing with that stress, tension, and anxiety, is something over which we can exert a useful and helpful influence.
This is not viral immunisation, but a way that may help make the whole experience that little bit less fraught.
Being less tense, and not having the physical discomfort that accompanies tension, stress, or anxiety, can help make the experience in which we now find ourselves, less daunting.
It may also help our immune systems function with greater efficiency than when we are tense, uptight and anxious.
And so, we are back to a useful and proven breathing technique that I suggest you practise.
When you practise this frequently, you'll find that your mind becomes more calm and more at ease.
However, this is only as good as the use to which you put it. If you do not practise it diligently there is no point in reading further.
Do this ; sit quietly in a chair.
Be aware of the weight of your body on the chair and how you place your feet firmly but loosely on the floor.
Be at ease.
Now slowly, gently, allow the air drift in through your nose till your lungs are comfortably filled.
At this point, release the air, keeping your mouth closed, And exhale smoothly and gently till your lungs are comfortably empty.
Keep the rhythm slow and steady. Allow the air drift in and drift out smoothly and evenly keeping the tempo of your breathing steady and even.
Gently, without forcing, let your breaths begin to deepen. Keep them even, one breath running smoothly into the next, so that you create pleasant, peaceful waves of air, advancing, receding, advancing, receding.
This will take your attention. Hold it on your task.
As you continue to do this your deeper slower breathing pattern will connect directly with your nervous system.
You will feel more calm, more relaxed, and very much more at ease.
You may have interrupting thoughts or ideas falling into your mind.
Just let them pass through.
Then bring your thinking back to your active gentle Meditative Breathing.
Allow this continue for a few minutes. If you feel comfortable with it, continue for a short while.
Then bring yourself quietly back into your normal everyday business. But not before you have made an appointment with yourself to repeat the exercise within an hour or two
I suggest that you make a habit of doing this frequently for short intervals.
The frequency will impress the mind and the nervous system with the benefits and sense of well-being.
with frequent practice, your mind will become more quiet, more calm, and much more clear.
This has the very useful effect of decluttering the mind and lets you focus precisely on how you think about matters that concern your life.
While this may not solve your problems, you may very well find that it changes how you think about them and how you feel about them.
This is what tends to banish inappropriate stress from your life, and in spite of adverse circumstances, lets you access what abilities and personal resources and talents you may have.
You will find however that it is only as good as the use to which it is put.
Thousands who have done this have been very pleasantly and profitably surprised at the positive impact on their lives.
Practice regularly and frequently.