Love in the Time of Corona — Fitness First
Everyone knows that the most successful fitness regimes aren’t relegated to the body alone, but to mind and spirit as well. That’s why during these Days of Isolation in addition to working out every day, I’ve been aspiring to eat right, cutting down on my go-to fix which is sugar; get enough sleep — easy enough since I’ve shaved four hours off my daily commuting by quarantine-working from home; and feeding my soul a little every day with a good book, lovely music, and of course, the daily walk with the Apollo to beat the blues.
Speaking of, I think our pets are the big winners in the quarantine game since, between my husband and I, Apollo gets somewhere between four to six miles of walking in a day.
It helps that spring is here and we can partake of color therapy just by walking outside. Even the rainy day walks have a dashing brilliance about them.
Food prep has risen to another level spurred on by the family-food-sharing chat group where we connect with our extended family members in a way that we never did before corona, texting a little info daily, exchanging tidbits on health and wellness, grousing about the current situation, global, political, and otherwise, but mostly just staying connected to assure that no one gets lost.
My husband’s been researching mushrooms, mostly because of this guy:
If you haven’t seen the movie Fantastic Fungi yet, I urge you to check it out. Mushrooms could actually be the new wave in personal health for the 21st century. Need something to support your immune system during Covid-19. How about some turkey tail mushrooms? Need some memory and nerve function support? Try lion’s mane. (My husband is growing some in our kitchen.) There’s even a mushroom that eats plastic — pestalotiopsis microspora — and you can bet I’ll be looking into that a little more closely in the months to come.
So that leaves spirit. There’s a lot to ponder in corona-villa and given our isolation status, more time to ponder over it. Not so much for first-line workers, teachers who are trying to manage online classes, and parents with young kids who have found themselves playing both parent and teacher these frenetic days, but quite the opposite — but take heart. The world will remember your contributions while your children will remember these days for decades to come.
For me, this time has shined a spotlight on the importance of family. I never took my family for granted, but watching the impermanence of life play out daily across the globe makes me realize that it’s true — we only have the present — and despite every day looking a lot like the one that came before it, every day is still special.
You may find it hard to believe that, especially when all of our personal freedoms have shrunk to the size of walnuts, but if you, like me, believe that we have too many choices in our day-to-day lives, especially here in the U.S., then you may also believe that having so many choices can actually impede the quality of your day-to-day experience because you spend so much of it trying to decide: between product a and b; between activity a and b; between entertainment a and b; and more.
The choosing can be exhausting. There’s a reason why a store like Trader Joe’s is thriving. Their outlets are small compared to regular grocery stores because they’ve limited the consumer’s choices and rather than shy away, the consumer rewards them by voting with their dollars, running to TJ’s in droves, grateful not to have to think so much because the work has been done for them, the quality products are on the shelves, and isn’t that such a relief? In fact, our bottomless pit of choices is one of the reasons many scientists think our planet now teeters on the brink of a sixth mass extinction although there are some who say that when that time comes it would be too late for intervention so go buy yourself a case of scotch instead.
Whether we’re going extinct or just really screwing things up for our descendants won’t be known until this time has passed, but we don’t need to all keep marching in lock-step on the road to extinction and then jump off the cliff en masse. We can change the course. Just look at the statistics. In two short months, air quality has improved; traffic has lessened; and wildlife is returning; all great arguments for living more sustainably, revitalizing local economies, and making the world more resilient to future pandemics.
Before McDonald’s and Starbucks and Yankee Candle, to name a few, once upon a time, every community had a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker, small-town makers of goods and services that everyone needed. Then NAFTA came along and free trade agreements ruled, and chains sprung up around the world, and America sent its production lines overseas to the cheapest bidder. The upside is you can get your coffee or burger anywhere in the world; the downside is that you’ve just missed out on the local cuisine.
Think globally, act locally is a concept that has been around since the early 1900s. The bigger upside to this approach is enormous, especially during times of crisis. When the one maker across the globe of the tiny widget needed to complete the assembly on, say, an Apple iPhone goes offline, Apple doesn’t need to stop production because there will be more than one maker of that particular widget. At least, that’s how it used to be before globalization went in search of a bottom line instead of a better life for everyone which, if you recall, is how the concept of globalization was sold to us.
I’m not saying we should ditch on globalization, just that we need to consider instead the triple bottom line (TBL) made up of the three P’s: profit, people and planet. Yeah, it’s cheaper to do business with a factory in China to assemble the new fall clothing line, but for years, China has had next to no environmental laws and if you asked the people who live along the Yangtze River who have contracted cancer from all the industrial dumping, I bet they’d prefer a regulation or two and maybe a water purification system. If we want to trade globally, then our global trading partners should adhere to the same standards we do, be it for environmental, human, or civil rights. Otherwise, vote with your feet and trade somewhere else. Isn’t that a better way to live, giving everyone has access to a healthier, more affluent life, not just the developed countries with money?
Maybe, when this is all over, the coronavirus will be remembered as our watershed moment, the time we realized that we didn’t need all the choices and all the stuff that goes with those choices, rather, we just needed each other.
If you want an ah-ha moment, watch this beautiful little video.
And if you want to believe, watch this one by my friend, Jeff’s daughters — guaranteed to add light your day.
Stay well and healthy, friends. Think good thoughts. Send love to the planet and your neighbor. “The universe has us surrounded,” says Swami Beyondananda, “so we might as well surrender.” Why not work together to assure a collectively bright future?
Namasté y’all. Stay safe.
pam lazos 5.2.20