Physical Distancing, Social Connection: 10 Ways to Stay Connected and Be Your Best Self
As human beings, we need certain things to keep us happy. In addition to Reiki, of course. One is consistent growth. The other is connection with others. You can still get both, even with physical distancing in play. Here are ten ways to stay connected and be your best self – from the coziness of your very own home.
Normally our articles are instructive and more serious but we wanted in some small way to offer a few fun ideas to help keep you sane and socially connected during this serious and somber time of the pandemic. Our hearts are with you and all of your families out there to stay safe. Our enormous thanks to all of the healthcare workers, physicians, nurses, grocery workers, delivery people, and everyone who is doing their beautiful work in this world so that we can survive this pandemic. You are heroes! We honor you and we love you!!
Now.. here are ten ideas to stay connected during physical distancing:
Hold a Group Meditation Session
Creating your own group meditation session can help keep everyone centered, calm and connected. Use FaceTime, Zoom or another online video conferencing tool to get everyone together and chanting in unison. Om on!
Visit Mt. Kurama in Japan
Read more about Dr. Usui’s journey to Reiki here
Then visit this sacred Reiki site here from the comfort of your home.
Have a Netflix Movie Night
Recreate movie night, virtually, by using the Netflix Party option. It’s available on laptops as an extension for Google Chrome, and it lets you watch Netflix together as a group. Opt for a spiritual movie or documentary, such as “Ram Dass, Going Home” or “On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace”.
Take a Virtual Spiritual Site Tour with Friends
Enjoy a tour together with friends via phone, Zoom or other platform. Enjoy with your family. Or enjoy solo from your armchair with a warm tea or healthy smoothie. No need for hiking shoes – your slippers or cozy socks will be fine.
Experience the Taj Mahal
Take a virtual trip and learn about the Pyramids of Egypt
Visit the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and learn about this sacred site
Take a 360 degree virtual tour of London here
Spend a virtual day in Sydney Australia
Explore The Great Wall of China
Visit the sacred lands of Israel: Jerusalem & the Dead Sea
Virtually Visit a World Class Museum
Enjoy a tour from the comfort of your home of world-class museums. If you have children at home it can be a learning and exploration study or an adult art discussion and appreciation visit.
Explore the exhibits at The Louvre
Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
See the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. No airplane flight required.
Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
Visit an Aquarium or Observe Wildlife
Visit with and learn about our friends on land, sea and air via a tour. Send Reiki to the animals while you’re there!
Check out the Moon Jellyfish cam, the shark cam or the coral reef cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Visit with baboons, elephants, tigers, polar bears and more at the San Diego Zoo
Check out pandas with Zoo Atlanta’s Panda Cam
Yosemite National Park in California. See a livestream of Yosemite Falls
Explore Bird Cams. Learn about and view the majestic birds of the world. From owls to falcons, hummingbirds to eagles, penguins to puffins.
Host a Virtual Reiki Share
Members see the latest article in the new issue of The Reiki Times in your IARP Members Area. Or simply use Zoom or FaceTime and connect with your Reiki students and friends.
Send a Sweet Email (or 12)
Think of people in your life you appreciate. Then make a point to send emails to each of them when you have an extra moment in your day. Your list can include your Reiki teacher, your spiritual advisor, your kindergarten teacher – and anyone else who merits a thank-you or thinking-of-you message sent with a burst of loving Reiki.
Call Someone You Know Could Use It
Elderly neighbors, stressed-out mothers and long-lost friends are likely to appreciate a call from someone to cheer them up, say Hi or simply listen. Tap into your contact list and get calling.
Join a Virtual Painting Party
If no image options call deeply to your soul, you can always make adaptations to your painting as you wish. Try adding imagery in the clouds or angels peeking out from behind the flowers.
Enjoy Each Day – Our time on earth is precious
With these ten options on your schedule, you’re sure to stay connected, growing – and walking forward on the happiness track. Enjoy!
Lots of Love and Virtual Hugs from All of Your Friends at IARP