ZenView – Purpose

By Mary Layton

Not going to work certainly takes away the one thing that gives purpose to our lives. We go to work in order to provide food and shelter, pay the bills. Our work, our jobs have given us a purpose and an identity. What now that we are being asked to stay home? Who are we? Answering these questions is a big job. This may be the rare chance to have time to finally get to reflect a little or do things we feel we never have time to do! Spend time with our loved ones. Read books or start writing them. Play music and make up songs. Learn a language. Paint pictures, get the creative juices going. Get to those projects that we’ve been putting off.

Get our closets in order, get spring cleaning going and get rid off things we don’t need.
Help people in our communities. Do volunteer work. Cook for other people.
Spend time in our garden. Grow our own veggies. Go on long walks and hikes.

The most inspiring news I remember hearing last month in response to the Corona Virus was from two men who own a distillery in Portland. Because of the sudden shortage in hand sanitizers they decided to make their own based on an ethanol compound. They bottled their product and gave away thousands of bottles. They even shared their recipe! What a great opportunity to be resourceful in a time of crisis while at the same time giving a hand to the needy. The whole community pitched in to make it possible. What a great victory of the human spirit! Rather than giving into anxiety and panic we can make up our minds to be happy and figure out how best we can survive as a society and on this planet.

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About the Author:

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.