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April 11, 2020

Hello Friend

During this trying time of coronavirus fears and uncertainty, it is my prayer that my newsletter is reaching you while safe and sound in your home and that my words and the spirit in which they are written will serve your highest good and the highest good of all.

As you are well aware, this is a time when we have witnessed the oneness of all as this virus has spread with no regard to borders, race, gender, color, or creed. It is showing us that we can either contract into ourselves as we look out for a limited idea of me and mine or connect to others in deeper and more far-reaching ways than ever, even within the confines of physical distancing, shut-downs, toilet paper shortages, and viral fears.

The truth is that this “new normal” is a type of situation most of us have never had to deal with before. The constant news on global death rates and infections, loss of jobs, the economic impacts, and more have led to feelings of distress, fear, and helplessness for people, especially for those who have been hard hit by illness or financial loss.

Although some of the fallout is beyond anyone’s control, you still have a choice of how you respond in each moment. It helps me, and I hope it helps you, to look for the lessons and opportunities to evolve personally and collectively as individuals and the collective during this crisis.

Does Crisis Mean Danger+Opportunity?

I was surprised to learn that, contrary to popular belief, the Chinese characters for crisis do not translate as danger and opportunity. More accurately, they indicate a perilous situation worthy of caution, a crucial point when something begins or changes. That accurately describes the days we are in.

Although some individuals and groups use these situations for selfish self-advancement regardless of their negative impact on others, many people use them opportunities to connect with others, to evaluate what and who are important to them, to show compassion, to extend a helping hand with kindness, and to come through it as a better version of themselves. These are the kinds of opportunities I hope we will all pursue during these difficult times.

To do that, it is wise to take excellent care of yourself and to find ways to step up and reach out without putting yourself or others at undue risk. While it may be tempting to spend fearful hours in front of the TV and social media, or numbing out with substances and mindless activities that harm more than help in the long-term, I encourage you to limit those activities and steer yourself in positive directions throughout the coming days and months.

Here are some ideas: Have an at-home spa day, read uplifting stories and quotes, use them as journal prompts, nurture your soul, take an online course, get outside. Dig into your to-do list, get a jump on spring cleaning, play games with your family, cook and eat healthy meals together. Reach out by phone to lonely neighbors and relatives, order a "care package" from a local store for someone who doesn't have the means. Foster a pet from overcrowded shelters. Find as many ways you can to turn this negative into a positive.

The following articles explain how to protect yourself during outbreaks, reduce anxiety, and simple ways to help others from home. Please share whatever you find helpful with your friends and family.

How to boost your immune system and protect yourself during outbreaks - This comprehensive article includes information sourced from dozens of articles and videos. One of the best ways to protect yourself from becoming very ill novel viruses is to have an optimized immune system. Fortunately, there are many habits, foods, herbs, and supplements that can help you support immunity throughout your life, Taking proactive measures to protect oneself is wise for everyone, especially if you already have a chronic condition or if you are over 60 years old.

How to manage anxiety naturally - If you are feeling anxious and worried, the tips and techniques in this article can help you take control of your emotions and feel a sense of calm within while you face these challenges. You may not be able to control the circumstances you are facing, but you can always control how you respond. Start with a deep centering breath, then proceed to move through your fears with awareness and helpful strategies.

If you have been wishing and praying for positive change in the world, the change you wish to see is your call to action. Even while you are isolated, you can be the change you want to see in yourself and the world. This time of global slowdown offers the perfect opportunity for you to instill new mindsets, habits, and actions that will help you do that. It starts with slowing down and getting still.

Offer prayers and loving-kindness meditations on behalf of others have been shown to calm your own anxiety. Energetically, what you put out into the world comes back to you. Do something positive every day by sending good wishes, healing love, and light energy to others and to our world.

Click to give and shop to give - Did you know that you can make free donations of cash, goods, and food for free just by clicking a few links, taking quizzes, or shopping on specific sites (like Amazon!) at no cost to yourself? This is something EVERYBODY, including teens, can do every day. This is a win-win, feel-good activity that really adds up when everyone’s contributions are factored in.

Connect with your inner spirit and wisdom, Fill your mind with insightful, uplifting messages. Watch videos about people who have achieved great things and made great changes in their part of the world. Learn from the masters. Watch videos and/or take courses that touch your heart and soul and help you become who you want to be.

The Road to Dharma

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In closing, I invite you to consider these questions:
**What is this global crisis/challenge revealing about who you really are?
**Is this who you want to be?
**If not, who do you want to be?
**What changes do you need/want to make to become more of that person?
**What first steps on that journey will you make today and tomorrow?


Val Silver

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Until next time,
Wishing you a wonderful day filled with happiness and healing of mind, body and spirit.

Val Silver

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