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\We must also remember that nobody is free of suffering, and extend our hands to others who lack homes, resources or family to protect them. This crisis shows us that we are not separate from one another — even when we are living apart. Therefore, we all have a responsibility to exercise compassion and help.

As a Buddhist, I believe in the principle of impermanence. Eventually, this virus will pass, as I have seen wars and other terrible threats pass in my lifetime, and we will have the opportunity to rebuild our global community as we have done many times before. I sincerely hope that everyone can stay safe and stay calm. At this time of uncertainty, it is important that we do not lose hope and confidence in the constructive efforts so many are making. ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Corona means crown. We wear a crown that represents our time, a high standing, power, authority, accomplishment. We are corona people given a rare opportunity to be transformed remarkably into caring, global, health-minded, generous, earth-loving people. — Thomas Moore

What if instead of attempting to love yourself, you attempted to love your life including all its strange, difficult, disappointing and painful episodes? What if you really allowed for the possibility that it has all just been an experience, rather than a good, or bad experience? What if all the things you wish had been different were actually perfect pieces of a puzzle forming a picture you can’t see yet, but which is still becoming something uniquely beautiful? What if for just this moment, you just took a deep relaxed breath and let it all out without any thought of doing it the right way or the wrong way? — Denise Cabral Yanez

We are being asked to look at things differently now. If we can do that, we will create a better world. Thomas Moore’s idea is that we who live in this time have a chance to become noble. He has a consistent optimism that I appreciate. I’m always looking for writers who can give me a new perspective, who can help me see some aspect of life that I’ve overlooked. All three of the quotes I show here do that for me.

Telling ourselves we’re living through a tragedy that we have to endure until things go back to normal is a very uncreative way to confront this time. I’m hoping this event will awaken an intelligence in us that will elicit the nobility Mr Moore is pointing to.

Our fate depends on how we look, how we see the life we are living as well as the life we could be living. If our minds stay in their well worn grooves, if we regard everything through old cultural spectacles, we may not merit that noble crown Thomas Moore proposes for us.

This is a time of tests, not just of our ability to adapt, but also of our ability to get quiet and reflective, to imagine, to create, to find a perspective that helps the world live more deeply. We’ve been trained to be cogs in a social machine, but now we need to access our capacity for intuition and heart.

Yes, our lives are brief. They’re impermanent and fragile. But as citizens of this fraught time, we can offer help and compassion to others and to ourselves. We can uncover capacities in ourselves equal to the challenges of the time. We have an opportunity now to discover our wisdom, our depth and creativity.

We have a chance to make a better world.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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