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This week

Lockdown and Zoom Fatigue

Plus…

Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness 

and

The Wednesday Whisper

Keeping positive

While we figure out how to accept ‘Lockdown’ and all the consequences to our families, our wellbeing and our livelihoods, how important is it to ‘stay positive’?

It can be a relief to rationalize how lucky we are to have Zoom. I can’t even imagine how it was for my mother in the air raid shelters of Malta during WW2 below ground with no electricity let alone any form of communication just waiting and praying. And there is no doubt that there is a lot of room for gratitude in being able to stay in touch with people.

What I also notice is mourning and sadness. And, while there are many rational reasons for Zoom fatigue around screens and concentration, I tell myself that a build up of un-mourned sadness is also creating this fatigue.

Fake positivity can be very damaging. It is like building a dam to hold back the grief and despair that we don’t trust we can process.

So while there is much to be grateful for and to remain mindful of, it is equally important to feel sadness and process it as part of everyday living. Just because you choose to ignore it, it doesn’t go away. It’s lurking in the shadows draining energy.

 

Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness

This new lockdown in England has given rise in me to a new wave of mourning for finding a way to come to acceptance of what is. I sense that I am paying a high personal price for continuing to work on Zoom and am mourning the loss of physical contact. At the same time I am grateful for being alive and well and for all those people who help others in whatever capacity.

 

The Wednesday Whisper

Where, in your life, are you paying a high personal price to meet a goal or an aim?

 

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