An Imagined Letter From Covid-19 to Humans

 Stop.  Just stop.

It is no longer a request.  It is a mandate.

We will help you.

We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt.

We will stop

the planes

the trains

the schools

the malls

the meetings

the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing our

single and shared beating heart,

the way we breathe together in unison.

Our obligation is to each other,

as it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten.

We will interrupt this broadcast, this endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions,

to bring you this long-breaking news:

We are not well.

None of us; all of us are suffering.

Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth

did not give you pause.

Nor the typhoons of Africa, China Japan.

Nor the fevered climates in countries all over the planet.

You have not been listening.

It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold your lives.

But the foundation is giving way,

buckling under the weight of your needs and desires.

We will help you.

We will bring the firestorms to your body.

We will bring the fever to your body.

We will bring the burning, searing and flooding to your lungs

that you might hear:

We are not well.

Despite what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy.

We are the Messenger.  We are Ally.  We are a balancing force.

We are asking you:

To stop, to be still, to listen.

To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all;

To be with your ignorance to find your humility, to relinquish your thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart.

To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its condition:  clear, smoky, smoggy, rainy?  How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy?

To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition:  how does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy?

To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean, murky, polluted?  How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy?  How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy?

Many are afraid now.

Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you.  Instead, let it speak to you—in your stillness,

listen for its wisdom.

What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of personal inconvenience and illness?

As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about the quality of your own health, what might the quality of your health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you?

Stop.

Notice if you are resisting.

Notice what you are resisting.

Ask why.

Stop.  Just stop.

Be still.

Listen.

Ask what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well.

We will help you, if you listen.

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