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Staying Healthy with Connected Kindness

By Ashleigh Wilson on Wednesday March 18th, 2020

Why I'm Not Scared of Coronavirus

We are living in a world that is in the late stage of a Caterpillar. It is very important to let go of the old and start to gravitate to the new because we are leaving behind a world that is no longer sustainable and moving into a world in which we can thrive. – Bruce H. Lipton

I’m scared of snakes, of being alone in the dark, of talking in front of crowds. I’m scared of roller-coasters, and of deep water. But I’m not scared of Coronavirus. Here’s why:

News of its spread, of its effects are everywhere. From social media, to the news, to the lips of each passerby. As a result, our global community is already facing some serious challenges. We now have a choice – we can either divide ourselves, bicker about the best practices and when to enter into public spaces, or we can unite in love and move forward into the next phase with compassion and kindness as our guides. 

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I am walking through the empty aisles, marvelling at the toilet paper crisis and inwardly cursing those who have preemptively stockpiled, when a snippet of conversation catches my attention. I turn towards the end of the aisle, where a boy and girl, no older than ten or eleven stand, each with a small pile of paper in their hands which they are handing out eagerly to shoppers. 

As I approach, they hand one to me, I glance down curiously. “Hello! If you are self-isolating, I can help” The heading at the top of the page states before leading into a form, where options, ranging from assistance with shopping to posting mail and a friendly call, are listed. 

The boy senses my interest and quickly begins explaining. “We want to help the old people and those who feel unsafe to go out,” he explains. “If you are healthy, will you consider volunteering to support those who need to self-isolate?”

Alt text hereThe slip handed to me by the kind kids. Image: Viral Kindness

The annoyance I had felt seconds before at not being able to buy toilet paper, melted softly into tenderness. I realised in that moment that through the panic, the fear, we have forgotten the most important element of being human; the thing that makes us so successful as a species, the thing that keeps us strong, that helps our immune systems more than perhaps anything else. We have forgotten how potent and powerful loving-kindness is. 

Human beings are not meant to live alone. There is a fundamental biological imperative that propels you and every organism on this planet to be in a community, to be in relationship with other organisms. – Bruce H. Lipton

Feel the Love … Let the Stress Dissipate

Cellular Biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton took to social media and his personal blog last week to confront the issues around the current pandemic. He stated:

“Stress is responsible for up to 90% of illness, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. When an individual is in stress, the release of stress hormones (e.g. cortisol) shuts down the immune system to conserve the body’s energy for running away from the perceived stressor, that proverbial “saber-toothed tiger.” Stress hormones are so effective at compromising the immune system, that physicians therapeutically provide recipients of organ transplants with stress hormones to prevent their immune system from rejecting the foreign implant.

The conclusion is clear: The fear of the Coronavirus is more deadly than the virus itself!” 

Some may say that staying away from the current stress is easier said than done. It feels as though fear is all around us, it has taken a solid grip on our society. How do we move past this fear and into a healthy state of caution? 

To fully thrive, we must not only eliminate the stressors but also actively seek joyful, loving, fulfilling lives that stimulate growth processes. – Bruce H. Lipton

Alt text hereSmall acts of kindness make you feel good and healthier! Image: Tom Parsons

Give and You Shall Receive

We’ve heard of love hormones and stress hormones, but kindness hormones are also a thing and they could be the key to us thriving in the current climate. 

As Dr. David R Hamilton explains, “When we give, it is the feeling of warmth, connection, even love or affection, that generates the kindness hormones. Research even shows that oxytocin (a kindness hormone) helps protect muscles from damage, which may even contribute to the effect of kindness increasing endurance. At the same time, the emotional high (known as ‘Helper’s High’) can produce a psychological state of exhilaration.”

When conditions are tough, when we feel stressed and uneasy, our immunity can go down, but acts of kindness and compassion reverse these effects and make us healthier. It may seem as though most people are in a state of self-preservation and kindness is hard to come by, however, if we choose to look, we can always find the light at the end of any dark tunnel. 

Already, we are seeing people in Italy joining forces (even if it is at a distance) to show their solidarity through impromptu balcony-choirs. And there are determined health professionals willing to risk their own health to assist others. There have been reports of free lunch programs in the US for kids who had relied on school lunches which are now no longer available and educational websites are also offering free programs for students who cannot attend school. These are just a few examples, there are plenty more throughout each community and the world. 

The Mother Theresa Effect

In a Harvard University study, volunteers watched a video of Mother Theresa carrying out various acts of kindness and compassion. Saliva swabs were taken before the video was watched and then again afterwards to measure the levels of secretory immunoglobulin-A (s-IgA) – an important component of our immune systems. As explained by Dr. David R Hamilton, s-IgA is “the first point of defence when a virus, bacteria or other pathogen gets into your mouth.” The levels of s-IgA increased in participants after simply watching acts of kindness and stayed elevated for up to an hour afterwards. 

Alt text hereKindness has far-reaching ripple effects. Image: Dan Meyers

A similar study by HeartMath Institute asked participants to spend five minutes cultivating feelings of care and compassion. The results reflected the Harvard study, with participants receiving an immune boost. 

Kindness is beneficial for both the giver and receiver as both gain a substantial boost in positive hormones. But moreover, these studies show the far-reaching ripple effects of kindness and compassion: by helping one other person, you are assisting your own health and that of everyone around you. 

Creating a New Norm

The current crisis is offering an unprecedented opportunity to show our humanity, to be there for one another. Coronavirus can be seen as a disaster, or it can be seen as a chance to create a stronger, more vibrant and caring global community. Let’s embrace a common purpose, create kindness and truly come together as One.

I will be making every conscious effort in choosing to meet this adversity with love and compassion. My prayer is that you will too. 

Things could change so entirely, in a heartbeat; the world could be made entirely anew because someone was kind. – Jo Baker, Longbourn

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How has kindness helped you through difficult times? What is the Coronavirus teaching you? Please share your inspiring, uplifting stories and help boost the health of our global community of Unity, Peace, and Love.  

With love, kindness, and compassion,

Team UPLIFT

 

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29 Responses to Staying Healthy with Connected Kindness

  1. Thank you for such an insightful article…it behoves us all to realize that the human experience is not really about the individual but about expansion of thought in embracing all who share the earth with love and joy. Peace to all.

  2. I have immensely enjoyed reading all of this information as this period of COVID put me through so much mental stress I had to learn to switch off and reconnect with my thoughts and health and when I did this I found my mind on a new level of happiness. I started to create and ideas started to flow that I know have opened a facebook page called “HOPE in DA “Ville” as I am from Townsville, Far North Queensland, Australia. It is a page to uplift, encourage, educate and empower women in Community. I was working full time and have been through so much in my life from Domestic Violence to close family deaths and history of cultural displacement and disconnected family lines due to being of indigenous decent and also growing up with very little. I am now by personal choice part time working and now spending time creating more and giving back to community with sharing with women at my weekly at home women’s workshops that help us come together, share, build each other up and just enjoy each others company.

    Through this information that UPLIFT has shared I have also now shared on my HOPE in DA “Ville” page as I hope it helps my community and many others uplift their souls in these times of uncertainty! I am a big believer in planting seeds of goodness and love x More of these will help heal us mentally as too much is happening around the world that this little bit of HOPE can carry us forward no matter what happens x

    Thank you so much for all this awesome information as it has resonated with my soul xx

  3. I really appreciate the positive and hopeful message of this article. I love the idea of the ‘I Can Help’ cards. I’m definitely going to spread this idea. And the notion of kindness hormones rings so true xx

  4. Ever since I read & learned of Bruce Lipton’s intelligence regarding our cellular membranes, how their permeability relates to our sense of Self, out acceptance of that inner Self, I’ve used it in my own healing. As I read this essay on the corona virus, I suddenly wonder~ what part or part(s) of mySelf am I not accepting? Can I see the ‘virus’ as something calling to our collective energy body, to open & allow greater loving kindness to extend to ALL, not just those whose exteriors look like mine? Cell membranes feel; their intelligence comes from that level: If we use our powerful energies to be clear about what we feel, in our hearts, I know I will find the faces of everyone everywhere in any moment of time~we are ONE. That knowing lets one cell accept another, or a condition that is loving, healing to the whole. As long as what is being asked to be accepted is a form of knowing that will enhance the cell’s being,all is well; there’s no discrimination or judgment, no fear~just a sense of belonging so clear as to be unequivocal.

  5. Dear Uplift friends!

    Yesterday I offered a healing circle in which I read the poem “Blessing for Courage” to the participants (we were three, the number still allowed in Germany and we were in distance from each other).

    I’m so glad that we are all connected and can share our thoughts and Feelings. Thank you so much for all the positive UPLIFTing Information within the last years. Now is the time everyone can live what we have trained…

    With lots of LOVE,
    Natali

    PS: In the last week I taught my English students (it was not forbidden to meet then) to breathe conciously, relax and let their immune system do its work in the parasympathetic mode of our nervious System after having explained the fight-and-flight syndrome and everything…

  6. I thought I was going nuts. I’m 64 years old. I run a route for a uniform rental company. I service multiple customers, dozens of individuals each day. I went to work on Monday (3.16.20) and made a conscious decision to set aside worries about all the gloom and doom of this pandemic. I tried to only focus on each moment of my day. Before I knew it, I was feeling so much positive energy. I didn’t know what was happening to me. It felt like if I didn’t share whatever it was that I would explode. The same thing kept happening each day this week. About nine days ago, I felt a head cold developing; mostly nasal congestion, sneezing, a little cough. It’s left me with some upper chest congestion, but no fever. I noticed that by the end of my work day the pressure in my chest would lessen. I’ve been taking Mucinex. But, I can’t dismiss the energy flowing through me. It was totally awesome! Then, I read this article and found a name for it; oxytocin, the kindness hormone. It seems to me that the Creator is offering us the opportunity to let go of all the big things that seem overwhelming and uncontrollable. Live in the moment and share the energy.

  7. I live in the country side and being an aged person am self isolating by Government directive. Already two of my neighbours who live close by have called in to check that we are OK, one brought garden produce as a gift, the other wanted to know if we needed anything from the shops. I am blessed.

    • Mary, thank you so much for your story of human kindness. We hope you, your neighbours and loved ones are all safe and healthy. Blessings from team UPLIFT.

  8. As I am reflecting about this matter, I found a valid stress reliever but just showing love, selflessness and kindness to everyone. It can even boost our immune system and it’s just a simple process. The presence of the Covid19 pandemic did really give more positive outlook just because everyone have to stay home and be with loved ones who before had been neglected because of the business and too much use of gadgets and very precious neglect of togetherness among the entire family. Now maybe God gave a last minute reflection that this neglectfulness has to stop. Love, kindness and believing in the grace of God is the key for a big change to start anew. Thank you so much for your time and effort in helping me out with this amazing information. More power to you.

    • Lou, thank you so much for your perspective and kind, positive words. We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. Blessings from team UPLIFT.

  9. I’m crafting simple note cards with stickers and sending to those I haven’t chatted with in awhile to connect with them as I think about them, and to share my thoughts with them in writing. I hope they enjoy receiving the notes.

    • Barbara, thank you so much for your kindness to others. We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. Blessings from team UPLIFT.

  10. Its what we still have when there isnt much else. Nobody can ever take away what lies in our heart, kindness and humanity. We have enough of everything, including love and compassion. I cant think of a better time for us all to come together with creative love. Helping someone else always helps ourselves.
    Thank you for a lovely story starting with two children thinking of ways to help others. Warmed my heart!

    • Thank you for your beautiful insight and Kind words Tessa <3

      We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. Blessings from team UPLIFT.

    • This Uplifts and lightens our hearts. Thank you Linda. <3

      We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. Blessings from team UPLIFT.

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