I awoke one morning last week with the thought that the Corona virus is a mirror for humanity. Its devastating spread mirrors humanity’s devastating approach to this planet we inhabit.
Mirrors invite us to take a look at ourselves – hopefully an honest look. I can square my shoulders and tighten my tummy as I face myself in the mirror – and may likely come away with the false reassurance that I’m looking good and don’t need to make changes. Or I can stand sideways, relax the belly and see what is. That honest perspective, painful as it is, invites me to re-consider how I approach the body I inhabit.
COVID mirroring, painful as it is, invites us to consider how we approach the planet we inhabit – its atmosphere, its waters, its land and soil, its forests and ecosystems – as well as how we approach all beings, with whom we share this planet.
Corona virus sickens and kills its hosts. We humans are doing the same to the earth – our host. Corona produces a fever. We humans are producing a planetary fever - global warming.
The COVID mirror can show us beautiful things about ourselves – our heroism and heart. It invites us to see our interdependence with all fellow inhabitants and with earth herself. In this web of connection, we are a global community. Whatever affects one, affects all. COVID invites us to see this fundamental truth and to embrace our need to work together – in healthy harmony - as a global community.
We are not alone and we are not separate. We are family. We have a mother - and billions of siblings and countless cousins.
Let’s honestly peer
In COVID’S mirror.
Look not with fear.
Move toward revere.