So we’ve settled – and relatively quickly – into a space where we’ve adapted into the separate living, the home-based routines, working in a different way.
We’ve assimilated these big shifts that were imposed upon us in a very short space of time. Our nerves have perhaps calmed as the newness has turned into familiarity… Our heightened sense of alertness has subsided somewhat as the panic to get online has eased into a curiously numb feeling of groundhog day and when will ‘real life’ resume…(?)
But what’s happened to our blasé-ometer? Has it gone right back to where it was?
Have we oh-so-quickly become blasé to the reflections that this unique mirror-moment is holding up to us? Have we forgone the opportunity to truly open our eyes and look at the world we’ve helped create through our mindless consumerism, deflecting our power, quietening our voice and just being distracted with ‘stuff’ – work, obsessive exercise, getting drunk… – because we’re starting to enjoy yet another enforced night ‘in’ and on the sofa watching tv, scrolling, hanging out…?
But if we’re not too careful, we’ll become blasé all over again to the stark realities that are showing up to be addressed in our world. The injustices that are smacking us in the face, and that we have the capacity to stand up and do some thing about, collectively; that we are being offered the call to do something about.
This is, yes, a time to be slower (or, arguably, to adopt a slower, more balanced pace for good! Have you noticed how good it feels?), but it isn’t a time to say that this is our ‘new norm’, and to relax so much on our sofas that we fall completely asleep.
This is a time to find a way to a peaceful beingness, but it’s also a time to remain vigilant. Because if we don’t remain vigilant, we will find ourselves submitting to the propaganda – that the heightened levels of fear underpinning this situation are ‘normal’ because they’re not; we won’t want to re-embrace our loved ones when it’s all ‘safe’ to do so again because we must, we won’t want to socialise with others in the ways which are foundational to connection and health and our collective health will depend upon such acts of love towards one another…
But we must also remain vigilant that we don’t become overly trusting that, for instance, the political forces are altogether and in every instance working for ‘our’ greater good. Now is the time to remain vigilant so that even from our current cocoons, we become fully aware of what is that we want to see in the world when this passes. And it will pass. For when we emerge from our cocoons, we need to be prepared to take action to create, together, what we actually want to see in our world.
Photo by Marc Olivier Jodoin