Meditations Book 6 by Marcus Aurelius, a reflection.
“All things have their beginning and their end in accordance with it.”Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.1
Let me ask you a question, during this COVID-19 outbreak, are you feeling sad? Are you overthinking? Are you anxious? If you are, you have to read this blog. The idea of this blog has helped me a lot! I hope this can help you too.
We have been isolated and are socially inactive for months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This isolation and inactiveness cause us to feel bored, sad, worried, and anxious. We are in constant worry. We feel that we are stuck, and there is nothing we can do about our situation. But we are all different. We have different reactions and coping mechanisms for this extraordinary situation.
During this time, we must be careful with what we think of ourselves. Our thoughts become our words. Then our words determine how we would respond to our emotions.
For example, many of us say to stay positive. Most often than not, it does not work. Why? Because we do not have sunshine all the time. Forcing our positivity will only give us a false version of reality. And we do not want that. We want the authenticity of our emotions. It reveals the real picture of where we are currently at.
To see that, we need to acknowledge and feel our emotions as they are. No resistance. No masking. If it is painful, it is painful. If it is uncomfortable, it is uncomfortable.
It is our nature to have emotional struggles. And the natural demand of our emotions is to feel them. If we think we are not normal because we have this and that feeling, we are wrong.
It is normal to feel a certain degree of sadness, of anxiety, of boredom, of overthinking. To a certain level, let it be.
There is serenity in letting our emotions be, in seeing and accepting emotions as they are. The more we fake our emotions, the more we hurt ourselves. Sometimes we have to embrace the fact that some things are beyond our control.
Focus On Things You Can Control
If there are things that are outside of our control, there are also things that are within our control. To focus on the things that we can control can keep our minds stronger than our emotions. Our mind plays a vital role in identifying them for these things mostly follow reasons, not emotions. Anything that we think can help us get better and feel better.
Right now, our options to do something are limited. We stay at home, and the usual means to keep ourselves entertained is through social media.
Research shows that there is a high prevalence of mental health problems (depression and anxiety), which positively associated with frequent social media exposure during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If we are having emotional issues, we may consider cutting off our social media usage. And try to self-regulate what we see and read on the internet, and choose the people we talk and deal with online.
And the other thing that we can do to get better and feel better is to engage ourselves in a healthy distraction. We can set-up our room in order, de-clutter it, or take a responsibility by doing something at home. We can also learn a new skill like painting, planting, or blogging (like I do).
All we want is to stabilize our emotions and feel in control of our lives again. Focusing on things that we can control can help us get better and feel better. And that can only be done if we keep our minds stronger than our emotions.
Everybody feels the adverse effect of the COVID-19 outbreak. And its effect spared no one, from all people to all economies.
As Marcus Aurelius said, “All things have their beginning and their end”. This COVID-19 outbreak and everything that bothers our mind and our emotion has its beginning and has its end too.
Keep in mind, with or without the COVID-19 outbreak, this life is already not easy. As long as we are alive, let us keep our mind stronger than our emotion.
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1. The Meditations By Marcus Aurelius.
2. The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.
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My 2020 goal is to read a book per month; share with people what I learn from and feel about the book. For July 2020, the book I read is the Meditations By Marcus Aurelius.
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