KOMPAS.com – The Covid-19 pandemic has made people find their ways to survive, to maintain health, and to manage their stress levels.
While some have chosen to do exercises inside houses, been drawn to walk in nature, or just breathe in the fresh air of the outdoors, others have turned to practices like meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, and shiatsu to calm their minds and decrease stress levels.
Seasoned practitioners believe these ancient traditions and techniques offer an opportunity to better deal with crises such as the coronavirus pandemic and environmental issues.
"These practices help to bring us into the present moment and help to connect us to the reality of the situation," said Jenny White, a British shiatsu practitioner who has been meditating for over two decades.
Creating an awareness, one breath at a time
While White acknowledges that doesn't mean living in a constant state of bliss and harmony, she says it allows people to recognize why they might be feeling scared, overwhelmed, stressed, or lonely. It can also, she says, prevent them from running away from those emotions and seeking distraction in alcohol, Netflix, food, or spending sprees.
In short, White explains, traditions such as yoga and meditation help create an awareness of what is happening in our world and allow us to tackle difficult situations and our reactions to them.
"Our body response to big crisis situations, like climate change, and now the pandemic, is often to freeze, be numb, and to run away," she said.
"The more we can connect with our body responses, the more we can tune into our own personal and collective responsibility to a crisis, whether it's the pandemic or climate change, without going into that trauma response."