It is Gudi Padwa today, the Maharashtrian new year. However, the mood around is not the one of celebration. Every body is anxious about what is going to happen. People are in panic mode as there are apprehensions about availability of essential items. It is risky to venture out as crowded places can lead to risk of getting infected. At the same time, I feel that this new year, could be seen as an opportunity to look at the situation from a new perspective. How about looking at Gudi Padwa as a day that will change things for the better? How about seeing it as a sign of hope for better times ahead. Starting today, every day, I will keep track of my thoughts, feelings and experiences of being confined to home due to the lock down. I have also resolved to practice Shambhavi mudra (a meditation practice) daily effective today for the next 21 days.
On day1, after waking up I was thinking about all the challenges with respect to the lock down. How will we get essential items? What about people who do not have a work from home option? Small businesses and daily wage laborers have to face challenging times. I do not know how they will be able to earn their livelihood. I hope that neighbors and friends help each other during these difficult times.
Though it was a holiday on account of Gudi Padwa, I had a work related meeting to attend at 2:30 pm. After having breakfast, I tried to explore options to order groceries online. None of the options were working. So, after 12 noon I chose to venture out. None of the grocery shops were open. I was informed that shops will remain open from 8 am to 12 pm only during the lock down.. I then went to a medical store to buy a medicine that my neighbor needed. Post that, I went to a vegetable and fruits shop. I bought some fruits and came back home.
Only handful of people were there on the streets. After reaching home, I took bath and ensured that all my clothes and the mask I used when stepping out are soaked in hot water as a preventive measure against risk of any infection. I then had my lunch and got ready for a work related meeting. The meeting saw participants from 3 different countries, all participating from home due to same challenging situation in their respective countries caused by the same virus. World is indeed a small village. A virus originating from China has impacted the whole world.
After the meeting, I chose to play cards with my daughter. She enjoyed it. I also could take my focus away from frustrating and depressing thoughts. Next I plan to do Shambhavi mudra (meditation practice) which involves some yoga and pranayam as well. It is one of the ways I figured out to stay fit, both physically and mentally.
I will be back tomorrow.