Thrive Global published my new article: “How to Overcome Coronavirus-Related Anxiety”
By becoming more considerate and responsible for others, we become more like nature.
If we use the coronavirus period to learn about how it fits into nature’s plan of raising humanity to complete and harmonious connection, and also how it emerged to show us the flaw of our self-centered approaches to each other, where by doing so, we can think about how we can better connect to each other, we will then have a solid foundation to overcome anxiety during this pandemic.
Overcoming coronavirus-related anxiety requires facing the concerns that the virus is here to stay, that we should learn how to guard ourselves from it, that the cure will be quite complicated to find, and that by reaching a solution to the pandemic, we might even suddenly discover a new one that is more harmful, which could even be a mutation of the same virus that we were unprepared for.
How could raising these concerns possibly help us overcome coronavirus-related anxiety?
It should be no problem at all to raise such concerns. Instead of distracting ourselves from these concerns, if we emphasize the ultimate remedy above them all: that by using this period to positively connect to each other—to seek how we can change our emphasis from constantly looking for how to benefit ourselves to aiming at benefiting others—we will awaken nature’s positive force of connection, love and bestowal. And the force of nature has the power to “disinfect” everything.
Thinking about How to Contribute to Others Is the Key to Overcoming Anxiety
Think about it: if you stopped being concerned about yourself and focused on others—how to help them, contribute to them, and raise their mood—you would then have no “space” inside yourself where you could feel anxious. Moreover, you would be protected against viruses and other harmful forces in reality, since they all attach to the egoistic concern for self-benefit.
In short, by becoming more considerate and responsible for others, we become more like nature. Thus, the best possible use of our time during this pandemic would be to adjust our attitudes to each other, to turn our inner knobs from benefiting ourselves to benefiting others, and then the positive connection we will reveal as a result of our coming into balance with nature will bring about harmony, happiness and peace to our lives.
Our Main Problem Is Seeing That We’re Not in Control—Nature Is
Our main problem is that we fail to see how nature is in control, that nature is an established thought and plan, and that we are parts developing according to the process that it laid out for us to undertake. On the contrary, we believe that we are the ones with exceptional knowledge and intellect.
If we would think the contrary, that our perception is incomplete, and that nature’s is whole—that nature created, develops and raises us—then we would have no choice but to acknowledge nature’s superiority. We would then willingly observe nature’s ultimate integral law—mutual connection, consideration and responsibility among all of its parts, similar to how cells and organs function in an organism.
If we observe such a law, we will then experience a positive reaction from nature: balance, harmony, peace, love, unity and happiness.
If we fail to match nature’s integrality, we will then feel increasingly negative feedback on personal, social and ecological scales, from viruses, climate change and natural disasters through to wars, xenophobia and civil unrest, as well as increasing cases of anxiety, depression, stress, drug abuse, suicides, and many other negative phenomena.
I thus hope that we will use this coronavirus era we have entered wisely, realizing that our wisdom is limited, that nature’s wisdom is immense, and that we would do wisely to start adjusting our attitudes, bringing them closer to nature.
Published on March 26, 2020