Six weeks of social distancing encourages self-reflection; the pace of life has changed, at least for this moment.
Before COVID-19 (B.C.), we were early into the new year, depleted after the holidays, but with the hope of filling up. In March and April, we got that immediate family time, longer days, and greener grass. Spring is everything we said we wanted--just not the way we wanted.
I'm thankful for lovely writing teachers who encourage me to list intentions or habits I'd like to carry forward when the state reopens after covid (A.C.). What baggage can I leave behind when I'm able to venture out again into the new normal?
B.C.: I was a checklist person who viewed any down time as non-productive. Even yoga was practiced on a schedule and for a specific reason. Watching the news, the loss, the strain on the local economy--my checklists don't seem as important now.
A.C.: I still struggle to view my relaxation time as valuable. Why does all my time need to be productive anyway? I'd like to accept that my brain is not wired for telecommuting and notice the fatigue I have from "just" sitting in front of a screen. I'll carry a new respect for the emotional fatigue that accompanies a loss of control.
Write down your thoughts on B.C. vs A.C. I imagine A.C. may feel like starting the whole year all over again, so I'm re-sharing this post from Elephant Journal.
Hopefully this spring, our self-compassion can blossom as we've learned to live in a way that wasn't perfect!