• Shadi

Short Reflection on Nowruz 1399 Coronavirus Style

Hi everyone,

It's the last day of winter! That's something to celebrate...although I must say I'm pretty good at finding things to celebrate. However, this year feels different. The heaviness of 2020 (1398) both in the US and in Iran is undeniable.

Take a deep breath. Exhale and shake it out.

My body tenses up thinking about all that has happened in our communities these last few months. And while it's so important to keep engaged, on this special day I choose instead to tap into our resilient creative celebratory spirit! A spirit that has long been alive through our ancestors.

Nowruz is a time of re-birth as we enter into our New Year and Spring. In these last few hours of winter, I reflect upon all that is manifesting and all that wishes to manifest in the upcoming seasons. COVID-19 asks us to discover a new way of being in the world. And despite the healthcare struggle happening right now, this new way of being feels very healing. Less flying, less driving, less man-made pollution - a happier earth during our spring equinox.

And while the pace of life has slowed down, connection has not. I've been uplifted by artists sharing their gifts online, family video sessions across timezones, and online backgammon tournaments with friends. These new and creative ways of connecting shows that connection is not lost as we slowdown to tend both to our fellow humans and earth herself. In fact, I dare say connection feels deeper and more real. A collective reflection on how we should spend our time and how our actions have direct impact on the health of others.

What are the lessons you're learning through this worldwide crisis? And in what ways are you creatively celebrating?

Wishing you a year filled with inspiration! Happy Nowruz!

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