Monthly Archives: March 2020

How we can limit the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus

Dr Gurjit Bajwa is an Emergency Physician at Brampton Civic Hospital, Ontario, Canada. He offers us simple steps to limit the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus. If we implement these steps with discipline, they will help us stay healthy and save many lives, our near and dear ones and our communities. It’s not hard to follow this advice. We must.

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Living Meaningfully in Times of Crisis

Listen to the author narrate this article

So, we’re in very tough and trying times right now. The world around us is changing constantly, it always has been changing constantly. But lately it’s been changing constantly at a very, very rapid pace. It’s hard to make sense of what’s happening, lockdowns, shutdowns, the sun is shining and people are dying. It’s really hard to comprehend all of this. On the surface, outside, birds are whistling, everything looks good, everything looks okay. But we keep getting these stories from the world, globally, that people are dying, that this COVID-19, this coronavirus is infecting everyone globally. And the only way we can keep ourselves safe is by staying away from other people and limiting contact. And trying to save the ill and the aged, and those at risk.

So, what are we to do in this time, when we’re asked to stay at home? The children, to quote something I read online, don’t have entertainment and exercise, what are we going to do? Well, there are books to read, there are stories to tell, stories that people can tell their children about their own growing up. And stories that we can ask our own parents about life in a different time. And we can use this time to connect with our loved ones, meaningfully. Panic goes only so far, and connection goes further. But both panic and connection create lifelong ways of being. And it’s a tremendous, tremendous opportunity we have right now to respond to the situation at hand with calm, with peace, with creative wisdom that we have, all of us, to write down stories, to tell our own stories, and to connect, maybe sit and draw, basic things that we are too good for in our everyday lives, that perhaps it might be a time now to go back to simple things that we forgot, maybe download a recipe and cook something simple. And use this time as an opportunity to connect with what is meaningful. We can certainly choose to panic and we know where that takes us. Or we can choose to connect and collaborate with each other, even when we’re at a distance from each other. And we can choose to live our lives more meaningfully.

© 2020 Marlon de Souza. All rights reserved.

Hallelujah in Edinburgh

I had been walking around Edinburgh that summer, taking in the old city by foot. It was several days without clouds or rain. The locals seemed rather pleased at nearly a week of sunshine. Good weather we’re having. Lovely day, isn’t it? And so on. The Queen was in town as well. She hadn’t asked to meet me. There were crowds outside the palace at which she was staying. But even for them, she wouldn’t step out that morning. They’d have to wait a few more hours, another day perhaps. For my part, I decided I wouldn’t wait. There was much to see in this old city with its rather imposing old monuments and its cobblestoned streets. And that’s how I came across Rob Purdon, a busker singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Melodious it was indeed, soothing and inspirational all at once on a slightly windy summer’s day. The locals had seen him before, playing on his guitar, and so they were more taken with the dry spell of weather and with the Queen’s arrival. I’ve experienced dry spells of weather, plenty of them. And nothing personal against her, but Her Royal Highness’s arrival didn’t move me quite like this charming man singing Hallelujah. 

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