As you read this remember to take a slow breath in and a slow breath out. Do the slow breath in and slow breath out five more times and with each exhale un-clench something in your body and mind. It might be your jaw, shoulders, stomach, bottom or legs. It might be something in your thoughts releasing and relaxing. It might be something in your emotions letting go.
Common sense tells us that there will be an end to this virus. As much as possible it is important to keep our minds and bodies healthy and strong even though life is chaotic.
For a long period of time before a virus created a global “time out”, things had been pretty chaotic and divisive. Higher levels of fear and stress became the new norm. However, we all know that lengthy periods of stress have a negative effect on the immune system.
Right now all of our personal and collective energy is meant to be used for healing and helping each other. The time away from our normal routines can also give us an opportunity to think about what is truly important.
Here is a point we may want to consider. When a person experiences an injury, once they recover they can be better than before the injury occurred, they can be worse, but what they can’t be is the same. The same is true for a global injury.
When the current health crises passes, I hope that our personal and collective priorities have shifted and all the creative, innovative minds in the world can be used to re-imagine a healthier, happier, more stable future for everyone.
This month, and as we move forward, be kind to yourself and to each other.
~ Catherine Potter, Edmonton – March 2020
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Since 1969, the CWL has been encouraging its members to put aside 1% of the cost of all personal items that they purchase and of funds raised by Councils, to go towards supporting Development and Peace partners working to improve the status of women in the Global South. We take a collection at each of our General Meetings for this purpose. Collectively these funds are having a real impact on the lives of thousands of women striving for a better future. CWL members across Canada are making a real difference!