Day 9 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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“Nature exists in a state of unconscious oneness with the whole.  This, for example, is why virtually no wild animals were killed in the tsunami disaster of 2004.  Being more in touch with the totality that humans, they could sense the tsunami’s approach long before it could be seen or heard and so had time to withdraw to higher terrain.  Perhaps even that is looking at it from a human perspective.  They probably just found themselves moving to higher terrain.  Doing this because of that is the mind’s way of cutting up reality; whereas nature lives in unconscious oneness with the whole.  It is our purpose and destiny to bring a new dimension into this world by living in conscious oneness with the totality and conscious alignment with universal intelligence.”

“The collective disease of humanity is that people are so engrossed in what happens, so hypnotised by the world of fluctuating forms, so absorbed by the content of their lives, they have forgotten the essence, that which is beyond content, beyond form, beyond thought.  They are so consumed by time that they have forgotten eternity, which is their origin, their home, their destiny.  Eternity is the living reality of who you are.”

“Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.”

These quotes are from a book by Eckhart Tolle, called ‘A New Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose‘ (I see that it is free as an audible book on Amazon Prime).

I start with these quotes, as I was searching my book library for a quote from a book I read a long time ago, about ‘Human-Beings’.  I couldn’t find the quote, I am sure it was in this book, but maybe not!

The word, ‘Human Being’, is made up of two words – ‘Human’ and ‘Being’.  We have got so caught up in our modern living and ego, that we have lost touch with the ‘being’ part and just living in the ‘human’ part.

The point goes onto say, that our basic state of mind, is a very uncomfortable place.  We don’t often go there – instead we replace it with entertainment, TV, holidays, going to the pub, theatre, cinema – whatever – just to avoid that place.  As it’s not a nice feeling to be in.

I hope to find the quote at some point, so I can share it with you.

Why am I saying all this?  It comes from a message I received this morning, from my friend Helen who is in Sweden.  I haven’t been in contact with her for many years, but she has become a regular reader of my Daily Blog.

She was responding in relation to yesterday’s blog, which she says is the “best yet”.  She suggested that the feeling I had yesterday of something missing, was perhaps an empty feeling.  An empty space that has always been there.  The hustle and bustle of being part of society has obscured the empty space.

Her words, touched something within me.  It made complete sense.  This lock-down is helping me quieten down, become still in myself, without filling it with anything else and connect with the empty space within.  Even though it is really uncomfortable.

Helen has been on full-time sick leave since December 2018.  Sweden does not have lock-down like we do in the UK.  But because of her health, she is very restricted on what she can do “going out for a walk or popping to the shops” isn’t possible most days.  Just like what we are experiencing in lock-down.

She has had to be with the empty space, unable to fill it with something else.  She has realised that the empty space has always been there.  It’s supposed to be there.  We need it to be there.  For her, the empty space is “scary at first”, with an urge to fill it with something or someone.  But that eventually passes.

Before, Helen’s message popped into my messenger inbox this morning, I realised that what I was missing was something meaningful in my life.  So I think it is that empty space that I experienced.

For the last year or so.  Every night, before I go to bed, I sit on the floor, with Honey the Dog and reflect on the day.  I talk about how my day has been and how her day has been.  Then I say three things I am grateful about the day.  And I ask her (and answer for her) three things she is grateful for the day.  Then I tell her what is happening in the next few days.  And I head to bed.  It may sound weird, but it has become a ritual – and helps me have a wee connection with her (and maybe her with me) (although, I think she is probably more interested in getting her bedtime snack!).



For most of the time, with Honey, the day is the same – grateful for the walk, food and maybe seeing someone she knows.  In the last week or so, I feel that I am saying the same for me.  Walk/run, food and maybe seeing someone I know.  The last few days, I feel that there is nothing more meaningful than that!

Is that because I am experiencing the empty space?

We didn’t get on so well on finding the answer for Round Two of the quiz, here are the answers.  Do you know what the missing ones are?  Leave a Comment at the end of this message.

This morning I went for a run.  Then spent most of the day, learning how to use Zoom.  In preparation for my Daily Zoom Chi Gong.

I think I am now familiar with hosting, it.

So I would like to invite you to join me weekdays (Monday to Friday) for 20 minutes of Chi Gong, at 09.10 (UK Time).

Chi Gong is similar to Tai Chi, but simpler and more about connecting inwardly, using the breath.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom and/or not quite sure how to use it.  I will be available in the Zoom Room from 08:45.

You can access Zoom using a smart phone, tablet or computer.  If you are using a smart phone or tablet you will be invited to upload the App.  So it maybe wise to do this a bit before, 09:10. If you are using a computer, you will be able to access Zoom from your internet browser.

The first time you use Zoom, on any device you will have to accept terms and conditions, etc… So be prepared for that.  Once you have used it once or twice you will be very familiar with it – it’s very user friendly.

So for Thursday 2nd April and Friday 3rd April – here is the link / details:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 403 202 719


I will include a link in my weekend blogs for Monday to Friday next week.


Finally, here is Round Three of the Quiz.  And a photo I took as the sun was just about set this evening, whilst walking Honey the Dog.

See you tomorrow.


Jim ♥️




2 Responses

  1. Helen

    I really enjoyed reading today’s blog. And I’m feeling a little bit internet famous I thought the movie quiz was really difficult, but once I saw a few of the answers, I started to get the swing of it. My guesses for 17 & 22 are Catch Me If You Can and The Cobbler. I think you can google no 6, but it’s not a film I’ve seen, so that felt like cheating. Looking forward to trying Qi Gong for the first time (I hope you don’t mind a complete beginner joining in?) And looking forward to reading you Day 10 blog!

  2. Glenn Roberts

    Thanks Jim
    I’ve been thinking too about this business of being a human being … I’ve been wondering if one of our recurring mistakes is that we too easily think of the world, including ourselves, as objects rather than processes … So …to really be a human being …is to be a verb not a noun … To be a human … Being
    Take care
    All good wishes