What Has the Coronavirus Taught Us in Our Life?

What Has the Coronavirus Taught Us in Our Life?

[Additional essays and videocasts regarding psychological ramifications of the COVID-19 virus outbreak can be found at: https://communitiescollaborating.com/[

I have just posted on Facebook asking a question, “What has the Coronavirus taught us in our life?” One thing that amazes me, is that COVID-19 has provided reminder of our interconnectedness.

This morning I was reading Tom Hollaway book “The Relationship Principles of Jesus” and it was the chapter about “Feelings are Important”. It gives example of how Jesus took emotions seriously and expressed emotions openly, not denying his emotions but denied Himself by not always bowing to emotions, keeping feelings from running His life and chose to act lovingly.

I have always say to my clients there is a wisdom to our emotions, and even now during the COVID-19 there is a wisdom to our anxiety and fear. We do not want to get rid of our anxiety or fear. These are the things that will help motivate us to wash our hands, stop touching our face and take other protective measures recommended by the government and health organization. But, like Jesus and as always, we need to be wise about the way in which we react our emotions. Giving into panic is not helpful. Hoarding supplies rather than allowing others to have some are prime examples of the selfishness that can arise during times of crisis. Do not allow anxiety and fear to manifest in these behaviours. Now more than ever, it is important to practice compassion towards ourselves and others as a way of not giving into panic and the behaviours that result from this state of mind.


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Ivan Zy LimDr Ivan Zy Lim is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of extensive practice experience in treating mental health issues. He is passionate about helping adults and adolescents with psychological and emotional difficulties. Prior to this profession, Dr Lim had over 20 years of experience in the corporate world. He has extensive experience in multi-cultural consulting, training and team facilitation; and has delivered workshops in 13 countries around Asia pacific. Dr Lim is a strong believer in living a balanced and healthy life. His other passions include Chinese martial art, Qigong, Chinese philosophy, spirituality and Lion & Dragon dance. His passion for Chinese Martial Art comes from the unique philosophy within the system that he believe is transferable into a counselling and life philosophy context. His Chinese Martial Art path was and still is a significant part of his physical, philosophical, emotional, psychological and spiritual being. Dr Lim have integrates Chinese martial art philosophy (Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism ) and Western talk therapy, a fusion of Eastern ideas with Western process. It provides an approach to learning and living well; the practical, the psychological and the spiritual, which he believe more adequately explain Asian behaviour.

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