Covid-19. Why the search for a new equilibrium is necessary?

If the coronavirus is the vehicle of a powerful solution, what is the problem it would be trying to solve? Can we align ourselves with this solution, instead of fighting it?

In our industrial societies we always keep our living environments at constant temperatures, heating in winter and cooling in summer. It is very pleasant, of course, but our body is not made for this: it needs to explore a much wider spectrum of temperatures. And if it doesn’t, it weakens.

If I can suggest a possible answer: by dealing with the quality of my terrain, first of all as an individual, then as a community. Because if I just put the hacker in prison, instead of listening to his important message, his attempted solution will fail, and the next solution will be even less pleasant, up to the structural collapse of the entire system.

Wim Hof (born 20 April 1959), also known as The Iceman, is a Dutch extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures. He has set Guinness world records for swimming under ice and prolonged full-body contact with ice, and still holds the record for a barefoot half-marathon on ice and snow. He attributes these feats to his Wim Hof Method (WHM), a combination of frequent cold exposure, breathing techniques and meditation

We moreover live in the so-called anthropocene, an era in which for the first time humans, with their actions, produce planetary-level structural changes, and we have to deal with this new condition, which makes the search for this new equilibrium even more urgent .

But how many of us are also dealing with the other side of the coin (again, the reversed perspective), the more important aspect of the strengthening of the immune system of the human population, of its health in a broad sense?

But let’s ask ourselves: what happens if we simply skip a meal a day? Suppose we usually make three. What happens if we skip one? Well, after the discomfort of a short period of adaptation, we will realize that we have much more energy available, that we lose excess weight, that inflammatory pains are reduced, that we sleep better, that we get sick less.

Those who eat less, who fast intermittently, paradoxically are less hungry than those who eat a lot and often. The fear of running out of food disappears and our “inner terrain” becomes cleaner and more vital.

The interviewed, on the left, breathing calmly when immersed in the crystal water of Podgorna waterfall, in Przesieka, Karkonosze Mountains, Poland, in January 2020. The water temperature was around 2 degrees Celsius.

If we learn to do it, not only will we will have much more energy available (because we will disperse less of it), but from the inner peace that we will gradually build, day after day, we will see more clearly how we can make our contribution to the evolution of all humanity, obviously starting from ourselves. In other words, how to become part of the solution, rather than the problem.

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