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Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13th 2020
From:Ominous Times...Lockdown



With great sadness, I feel it is prudent to shut the studio for 2 weeks and re-evaluate at this time—to see where we are as a nation and how we are all managing.


However, before that, I want to say I am here to support you in ANY way I can using technology.


I am available for private Skype sessions, I will be going online as soon as possible. I am also going to try to live stream class sessions. My daughter is here and we are making it a project to get me online ♥️


IF YOU have any other suggestions regarding technology possibilities PLEASE contact me. Or for any reason feel free to contact me 🙏


My professional organization that I am a member of has recommended all Yoga Teachers/instructors stop all face to face classes.


I feel as a global citizen, and as Yogis, the most caring and loving thing we can do at this time is to take the needed precautions. May we all be well 🙏


We can use this time to do things we have been wanting to do. To spend time with the people we live with and be happy humans together. It’s a beautiful opportunity—to slow down.


May it give you time to set up a habit of practising at home. It is a way to participate in our wellbeing both mentally and physically at this time.


I bow 🙏 to you all and may we completely awaken to the love within us.


In Metta,


Sacred Cow
Online Yoga Studio
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