Dad, mom, step-mom, close friend are immunocompromised.
Having a vaping habit, I'm thinking this is a good time to quit with the respiratory connection.
The added stress of chaotic work hours and the lockdown are making it an interesting time to abandon sense pleasures.
I've been thinking this is an ideal time to rediscover books, to try making art or music, to learn to cook, to start yoga or exercise... to overcome whatever intimidation/boredom there is in taking up one's Dharma practice every waking hour of the day.
Luckily, we can still go outside here for exercise, even as we likely enter lockdown today.
I plan on moving a fir tree to a spot where it can grow as tall as it likes.
It seems like a hopeful thing to do right now.
If anyone knows a good tree blessing mantra or dharani, PM me
I've been playing piano with the windows open to try to cheer the streets up a bit.
About 15 people from our neighborhood started a big text chain. It's the first time learning most of their names for me (lived here 6 years). They're offering mutual support and supplies.
The stores have been crazy with people panic buying in waves. We have a month of silken tofu ready to thaw, and a relatively minimal mostly vegan diet already.
I'm worried also for all the small businesses, cafes, bookshops, barbers, and so on, who are set to lose months of income. I'm a small business owner myself and haven't avoided the impact.
As far as the question goes, I've stopped holding/using my mala.
I realize it helped me quite a bit to remember to practice. So there's an adjustment there.
I may try cleaning it thoroughly and using it less often, only after washing my hands. Any other mala/juzu users here having to adjust?