To better support our family and loved ones through the COVID-19 situation, we need to better support ourselves too. Other than a strong immune system, many religious traditions encourage followers to exercise self-care and tend to our spiritual and mental well-being.
In week 2 of our interfaith COVID-19 retreat, our 5 retreat directors speak about how their respective religions view self-care and how we can put it to practice.
Ustaz Mizi Wahid, from the Safinah Institute, then ends this week’s session with a guided reflection on how well we have been taking care of ourselves and what we can do to treat our lives better, and thus each other.
“If you can’t take care of yourself, how are you going to take care of somebody else?”
WHY THIS ONLINE RETREAT?
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us isolated, frustrated, and even anxious. Our usual sources of spiritual well-being like temples, mosques, and churches have been suspended or have had services greatly reduced.
‘A Dose of Spirituality’ is an interfaith retreat that brings together 5 retreat directors from 5 faith traditions to explore 5 themes relevant to our COVID-19 circumstances over the next 5 weeks.
Hinduism: Kathirasan K – Co-Founder, Hindu Hub
Taoism: Master Steven Ong – Taoist Priest
Buddhism: Phra Goh – Buddhist Monk
Christianity: Lance Ng – Catholic Spiritual Director
Islam: Ustaz Mizi Wahid – Founder, Safinah Institute
WHY A RETREAT NOW?
Many of us are already in a good place for a spiritual retreat:
Away from our usual lifestyles;
Isolated from our normal communities;
Feeling more irritable and frustrated;
Sensing inner turmoil more than inner peace;
Desiring more balance in our daily lives.
Since our movements are already restricted, spending a lot of time at home, or going for walks in nature, this might be the perfect moment for a simple retreat to notice where we were, where we are, and where we are going.
RETREAT DETAILS & THEMES
For every session, each will share some spiritual wisdom from their tradition for a few minutes, and then a different one each week will guide us on a simple faith-neutral practice we could do at home.