The COVID-19 and its Invisible Warfare.
It is of global acknowledgement that we are fighting a war against an invisible enemy.
Isolation and Quarantine have been two significant missiles that COVID-19 launched to Earth and the human’s mind, besides the amount of infected victims and casualties as we refer to life’s losses during combat within the military community.
Now let us begin with what isolation and quarantine do to the human’s mind.
Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
• Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
• Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.
Both scenarios trigger our sympathetic nervous system which directs the body’s rapid involuntary response to dangerous or stressful situations.
Subsequently all this triggers a flash flood of hormones to boost the body’s alertness and heart rate, sending extra blood to the muscles.
When we are unable to manage those emotions and lack resources to activate our relaxation reflexes; such as breathing mindfully (with focus at the present moment).
As result desolation arises making us vulnerable toward doubt, despair, or narcissism which can make one feel disturbed and even bring darkness to our soul.
As result this combination of emotions trigger reactivity with projections and displacement of verbal, non verbal or even physical aggressive behavior to ourselves and others.
Now as it happens during yoga with counterposes and warfare with counterfeit there is always a strategy to persevere and survive during adversity.
Here is when consolation plays an important role representing our inner light and voice through which the soul becomes inflamed with love of its Creator, Supreme Source or Lord.
Consolation teaches us to be resilient by growing and thriving in the face of challenges in order to bounce back from adversity.
Lastly seeing the life’s event as a learning experience that will make us stronger and closer to a better version of ourselves.
St. Ignatius of Loyola labeled this process as “Spiritual Warfare” mental phase.
St. Ignatius was a former military soldier who became wounded in action and during his convalescence, the Lord opened his eyes to the reality of the spiritual battle around and within him.
St. Ignatius developed a structure with rules of engagement, I would have to write an article to breakdown and explain the fourteen of them. So I will go specific.
Now during this Pandemic event what applies is to become aware and understand to some extent the different movements which are caused in the soul, the good, to receive them, and the bad to reject them.
For instance St. Ignatius said…
“In time of desolation never to make a change; but to be firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which one was the day preceding such desolation, or in the determination in which he was in the preceding consolation.
Because, as in consolation it is rather the good spirit who guides and counsels us, so in desolation it is the bad, with whose counsels we cannot take a course to decide rightly.”
You have the power to intercept any thoughts that triggers you into anxiety by replacing them with positives thoughts (consolation) resiliency oriented.
An effective resilience skill to embrace this is to “Hunt For The Good Stuff.” This means to counter the negative bias, create positive emotion, and notice and analyze what is good.
It is also an exercise that builds gratitude.
Increased gratitude was found to promote both interpersonal and personal well being (Froh et al., 2010), and being grateful may build and strengthen social bonds and friendships (Frederickson, 2004; Komter, 2004).
When do I Hunt For The Good Stuff (Consolation)?
On a regular basis in order to counteract the Negativity Bias (Desolation)
How do I use this skill?
Write down (daily) three positive experiences from the day and write a reflection about why the good thing happened, what the good thing means to you, what you can do to enable more of the good thing, and/ or what ways you or others contributed to the good thing.
At the end you will see how the good spirit (your light) perseveres over the bad spirit (your shadow).
Last but not least;
“Life is a Journey, enjoy the ride”.
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Master Resilience Trainer; Spirit Guide Coach.