The isolation that many people are having to experience is perfect for getting your own life in order, getting your own thoughts in order, getting yourself into place. You could be more objective about your circumstances.
Because what we’re experiencing today is going to have big consequences downstream—work consequences, social consequences. We don’t know how long this is going to be raging in the world. Usually pandemics come in waves and last for a couple of years. And sometimes they become sort of endemic at a lower level, seasonal.
But I think this is a great opportunity to get with yourself, to do some self-knowledge work, do some mapping about your past, to gain what kind of mental resources and also think about your physical resources. I mean, you may have to be in isolation for quite some time. So what does that mean? How are you going to prepare for that?
So there’s the outside preparation. And there’s the inside preparation. And you don’t want to sacrifice one for the other because they go together. And for many people, staying at home is going to be a real challenge because they’re so overstimulated. They’re doing too much in life, and a lot of it is unnecessary, inconsequential. And now here you are.
It’s like you’ve been put in the monastery. And what are you going to see? What are you going to know? What are you going to do? And you have to build a functional relationship with yourself and to realize that your personal mind has been largely conditioned by the world and is very fear-based in how it looks at most things—fear-based in the sense that it’s always concerned with what it may lose: either “Do I lose what I have?” or “Will I not have what I want?” Those are the two current…major currents of fear that kind of dominate the thinking of the personal mind…
…There is great work to be done, and work that hasn’t been done that needed to be done, so both circumstantially and in developing a core, a deeper core relationship with yourself.
What will you do with your time while in isolation at home?
Marshall highlights the opportunity to become more objective with ourselves while we are in isolation from COVID19. “You have to build a functional relationship with yourself.”
This comes from a series of videos from Marshall on the Coronavirus.