By Sara Picken-Brown

As each day rolls by and new (almost hourly) updates on the virus come to light the governments response, the gravity of the societal impacts and ramifications of this issue keep slamming home.  The far reaching gnarled grip of doom that is the Covid-19 virus extended farther and farther, I am left feel such a mix of emotions it is difficult to piece it all together. 

I don’t believe I am alone in these mixed emotions.

I am in awe of just how intricately connected, affected and reliant we all are on each other. 

I have been amazed at how kind and supportive and generous people have been. 

I have been disappointed and hurt at how immoral and cruel others have been – sadly the ‘I have to look after myself’ attitude dominates more peoples mindset than i realised. 

I have seen more character and resilience in people in the last 4 days as this has unfolded than I ever would have had business as usual plodded along. 

As latest reports unfold that schools will indeed close by Friday (20th March) the difficulty of this time with the uncertainty of how long all of this will go on for and the concern for the panic responses being shown by people in buying of food and toilet roll (I still don’t understand that one). 

Now more than ever I know that personal and societal balance and equanimity lay fundamental behaviours and attitudes. I learned some interesting and important skills during three training events with the USNavy Seals of SEALFit and these lessons have come screaming back to me on a daily basis. I share them with you now as a means for you to stay centered, present and thinking clearly to this evolving and unfolding situation, so that you may be able to discerningly respond rather than react out of fear. Panic serves no one, only calm rational mindful presence to this situation will ease the severity of this experience. 

I share a condensed version of the ‘Seals Creed’ and am reminded that no matter what comes your way, it is adaptation and innovation that are the markers of the self-mastered individual.

The ability to think clearly and problem solve under pressure are the skills we hone in our workouts, through our Yoga practice and in meditation. Our training has been skilling us for these types of situations, never forget that you have the skills and can continue to train and hone these skills through your daily physical practices.

Together with our (now online) community support, courage and innovation are available still.

  • The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart 
  • Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honour are steadfast. My word is my bond.
  • I lead by example in all situations
  • (My personal favourite) I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.
  • We expect innovation.
  • success depends on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail.
  • I will not fail [and I will never give up.]

Get online and keep training, stay focused and stay connected. In all the madness and fear out there, it is YOU who have the skills to maintain the balance of sanity. 

See you online soon, wash your hands and keep smiling. Nothing lasts forever and neither will this!

In Brief: 

Update as of 19:28hr 18th March:

  • Schools in the UK are to shut from Friday until further notice as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Schools will close except for looking after the children of key workers and vulnerable children, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
  • Confirmed cases in the UK rose to 2,626 on Wednesday, from 1,950 on Tuesday. There have been 56,221 tests carried out in the UK for Covid-19, of which 53,595 were confirmed negative.
  • Major sporting events and festivals have been postponed or cancelled, ParkRuns across the country have been cancelled until further notice.

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