Living in isolation for these past months during Melbourne's lockdown has given me a settlement, an opportunity to develop inner stillness, therefore more space both within and without to reflect on a deeper level at the choices I made that were detrimental to the health of my physical body and sense of well-being.
In many respects, isolation has definitely been a blessing, a stop light, to observe when there is a momentum running, for example, whilst doing household chores etc., this being my way for the majority of my long life. Now, being able to catch the energy and acknowledge its presence is a WOW moment.
Feeling whether my movements are coming from a gentle or tender place, knowing improvement will come with due diligence and loving practice, I observe the thoughts that circle around in my head, saying NO to them, thus adjusting my focus back to the job at hand and appreciating becoming aware of their imposition.
I feel appreciation for the long walks taken each day admiring the beautiful homes and gardens and the trees that line the streets, for the ever-changing landscape of the sea, and the different sizes, shapes and breeds of dogs I pass along the way (even a parrot) and their multicultural owners.
As we are all now wearing masks a connection is still being made but with smiling eyes rather than lips. There is an arising sense that this connection is coming from a far deeper place from within each person, with no obvious falsity in it. There is a desire to observe and feel more deeply into this realisation.
All in all, Melbourne is rather quiet, the traffic on the roads minimal, car parking spots unlimited. Many shops are now empty and up for lease, Melbourne has lost much of its vibrancy – no cafes open for meals, just a social distancing queue for take away food and the much-needed coffee.
I have observed that little street libraries have popped up here and there and the exchange of books is phenomenal.
There are no organised gatherings; however, neighbours do gather outside their homes and chat whilst their children play.
What amazes me most, is there is still an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and fish available to us all each week in both supermarkets and marketplaces. From my perspective, most definitely worth queueing for.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine living long enough to experience unprecedented times such as Covid-19 which will, no doubt, become a part of our history. No matter what, Melbourne is the place for me, whether I am in isolation or not. There has been no mistake when it comes to my location, as it feels so right in every cell of my body.
Avril McK., Australia
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