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The Psycho-Spiritual Impact of COVID-19

It’s been quite a while since I last blogged and so much has happened. I felt compelled to write about the psycho-spiritual impact of the coronavirus to help process my own fears and emotions, but maybe it can help somebody else as well.

Most people are emotionally absorbent—meaning that the feelings and emotions of those around us can impact and influence our own personal feelings and emotions. Our world is significantly affected by COVID-19 and there is a collective fear in the air that many of us are feeling on a personal level. Of course, it doesn’t help calm our nerves when it's the only thing we see from the media, it's the main topic of conversation, and when many of our routines and lives have been disrupted by it. I think that it would be very unusual for someone to not feel emotionally affected.

Identifying it at its simplicity, this feeling that we are all sensing is collective fear. Since so many of us are empaths, or emotionally absorbent, we pick up on the collective fear and then experience the emotion personally. What I’ve been noticing is that on the individual level, the fear is projected onto the thing that we feel most insecure about.

For some, it’s the fear surrounding our mortality. Fearing for our physical survival: getting sick, sickness spreading, and losing our loved ones. For others, the fear is directed towards our societal survival: our inability to work, or earn money to provide for ourselves and our families. And then, for some it is the fear of social isolation: being alone, and unable to depend on the presence of others to comfort us.

I think that the coronavirus is acting as a major trigger for everyone. It’s directly bringing up those aspects of ourselves that are unresolved and giving us the opportunity to face those fears head on through this experience. It’s causing us to become aware of the areas in our lives where our personal identity is rooted in, and challenging us to see ourselves without that identity. It’s pressing us to ask the question, what is left? If I lose my job, if I lose my family, if I lose xyz, whatever it may be—what does that leave me with?

I’ve always been a firm believer in that everything happens for a reason. All of the challenges that I’ve gone through in my life have taught me valuable lessons, and while I may not have consciously chosen to have those experiences, in the end I always grew from them and became stronger for them. I know that is the same for this experience on the collective level. Viewing things through this perspective helps bring some comfort when so much is outside of our control.

I don’t know all of the answers, but I do know that this virus is forcing us to pause, to take a break from our routines, and to dig deep and search for ourselves beyond the layers that we’ve formed of our identity. We are so used to rapidly moving through life—go, go, go. Now that we are unable to do that, we must rest, reflect, and step into the present moment. In order to soothe our fears, we must stop projecting into the future, and stay in the present. We must take it day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. And maybe, after all of this is over (as it cannot last forever) and our lives resume to our normal routines, this experience will exist as our reminder to implement this practice even through the most hectic and busiest of times.