I was one of the 21,500 people who joined in to listen to Jon Kabat-Zinn this week. He said, “All of life is the meditation.” How I like to unpack what he means is mindfulness in daily life activities.
Anytime you are paying attention to what you are doing when you are doing it, it’s a mindfulness activity because you are not worrying and ruminating! We primates are wired to worry and ruminate; it’s a brilliant adaptation that has kept our species alive through the ages. The worrying and ruminating releases cortisol and adrenaline to help us immediately run from danger. Once the danger is passed, our system should reset and calm down. If you are in a cycle of worrying and ruminating, or down right panicking which is understandable during this unprecedented pandemic, your system can get stuck in the danger zone, and chronic cortisol and adrenaline is not healthy for our immune system. We need our immune systems to be as robust as can be right now, so calming down is vitally important.
Fortunately, we can calm ourselves down!
May we be safe, may we be as healthy as we can possibly be, and may we find moments of ease amidst the chaos.