Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread, we have all been experiencing an unprecedented collective unity.
A unity in uncertainty.
Through it all, it’s imperative to stay informed, educated, and aware (see: World Health Organization). But, it is also so important to not feed fear.
To practice awareness, not beware-ness.
It’s easy to get lost in the conspiracy theory rabbit holes, and fear-mongering,
We previously put out a tongue-in-cheek list of films to watch to get through the “quarantine times“, which includes Hypernormalisation (from the clip above), but it feels important (and useful) to also share some grounded ways to keep your spirits up as we surf through the waves of change.
Here Are 5 Ways to Keep High Vibes During Uncertain Times
Have a Dance Party at Home
Our dear friend, and uber-talented musician, Taraka (see: Navigating The Now Age, Plant Medicine, Music and Happiness with Prince Rama), put together a playlist of “Songs From the Quarantine”, which features dance music from all of the quarantined lands (Italy, China, Korea, etc.).
As this crisis is deeply affecting artists, musicians, and freelancers alike, please consider checking out Taraka’s Patreon.
Practice Mantra Meditation to Calm the Mind, or Continue to “Dance it Out”
Mantra Meditation is easy to practice and can have immediate benefits such as reducing stress, increasing focus, and rewiring neural pathways.
Here are 3 Kundalini Mantras to help you feel protected, aligned and in good spirits. You can either practice these mantras by repeating them during your meditation practice, or if you want to continue to dance it out, check out the Kundalini Kirtronica song version of each underneath the description of the mantra.
First Shakti Mantra:
ADI SHAKTI, ADI SHAKTI, ADI SHAKTI, NAMO NAMO, SARAB SHAKTI, SARAB SHAKTI, SARAB SHAKTI, NAMO NAMO, PRITHUM BHAGAWATI, PRITHUM BHAGAWATI, PRITHUM BHAGAWATI, NAMO NAMO, KUNDALINI, MATA SHAKTI, MATA SHAKTI, NAMO, NAMO.
This mantra tunes into the frequency of the Divine Mother, and to primal protective, generating energy. Chanting it eliminates fears and fulfils desires. Adi Shakti means the “Primal Power,” Sarab Shakti means “All Power”, and Prithum Bhagawati means “which creates through God.”SOURCE: KUNDALINIYOGA.ORG
EK ONG KAR, SAT GUR PRASAD, SAT GUR PRASAD, EK ONG KAR.
The Magic Mantra, so named for its power and sacredness. It is usually chanted in reverse (Ek Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasad, Sat Gur Prasad, Ek Ong Kar). Many pages are devoted to the explanation of this mantra and we are warned to chant it in reverence. It means, “There is one Creator – Truth revealed through Guru’s grace”.SOURCE: KUNDALINIYOGA.ORG
Guru Gaitri Mantra
GOBINDE, MUKUNDE, UDARE, APARE, HARING, KARING, NIRNAME, AKAME
Means “sustainer, liberator, enlightener, infinite, destroyer, creator, nameless, desireless”. It brings stability to the hemispheres of the brain and works on the Heart Center to develop compassion, patience and tolerance, uniting one with the Infinite.SOURCE: KUNDALINIYOGA.ORG
Create, Create, and Create Some More
During a pandemic, Isaac Newton had to work from home, too. He used the time wisely.SOURCE: Washington Post
It’s easy for so many of us to make excuses why we put off the book we want to write, the thing we want to create, the painting we want to paint, the song we want to produce. Now is the perfect time to use this chaos for creation, and make some great art.
Struggling to find inspiration?
Connect to your Magic(k) Practice
Magick is the “occult practice of using ritual and ceremony to manipulate matter in conjunction with intention. Crowley defined magick specifically as ‘the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.'” (see: What’s the Difference Between Magic and Magick)
Now is as good of a time as any to connect deeper to your inner magic, and find a ritual that speaks to you, so you can spark light through the darkness.
Lisa Marie Basile is a poet, editor, and writer. Her book, Light Magic for Dark Times offers more than 100 spells, rituals, and practices to assist in coping through crises. We highly recommend checking it out!
Skype With Friends
It is a blessing (although at times a curse) that we live in a hyper-connected digital age. Because of this, social distancing shouldn’t mean that connections need to be canceled.
“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”― S. Kelley Harrell
Have a friend you haven’t connected with for a long time? Reach out and take a call.
Have a friend that’s going through a hard time? Reach out and take a call.
Reach out to your friends. Period.
Share memories, share thoughts, share ideas.
We are in this together and supporting one another, even if it’s just through a call, can help in ways you may not even realize.
Remember The Good News
It’s increasingly difficult to not be attached to our digital devices, as we seek news, updates, statistics, MEANING, and clarity through it all.
It can also be increasingly triggering to scroll through endless opinions, predictions, prophecies, and #COVID19 related hashtags.
Because of this, it’s important to remember to be smart about our screentime, and to filter through information with a discerning mind.
To add some levity to your social media feed, please check out these three accounts on Instagram, which are dedicated to sharing the “Good News” and reminding us of the beauty in the world.
Good News Movement
Journalist-run page for GOOD NEWS. 0 politics. DM kind acts, good news, heroes.
Tanks Good News
Positivity with a hint of humor, run by Tank Sinatra.
The Daily Saint: Good News
“By saints, I meant people who behaved decently in a strikingly indecent society.” – Vonnegut