Introverts are doing ok with the corona virus quarantine. That is unless their family won’t leave them alone; insisting they play Scrabble or spend “quality time.” They’ve been preparing for this their whole lives! Extroverts however, are experiencing a different kind of quarantine…isolated, lonely, depressed and even existential. Most of my extroverted clients have been drawing things like cages, prisons and the ball-n-chain to express their sense of being trapped by quarantine. The introverts draw their pets, their laptops and their books.
Above you see the work of a client in my 3rd stage recovery group – the folks I consider to be done with addictions, done with codependent relationships, done with searching anywhere but “Up” and “In” for answers. Individuals who use art as part of their Daily Practice – to center, to ground and to connect so their day is a pilgrimage of meaning and purpose in their process of self-discovery. Look closely and you’ll see this individual is picturing herself in quarantine not alone; but in Nature. Nor bored; but painting. And the best part of all is she sees herself as safe. Surrounded not by bars or walls or cages but by a golden egglike net of sweet energy that ensures her wellbeing. This same gold web traps the corona virus – protecting not only her, but others, from sickness. This is the invisible shield of the Spiritual Warrior and its power is often underrated. Yes, she is careful and washes her hands and wears gloves at the grocery store. But she also knows that if she does her part she need not live in fear. She knows that if she TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR HERSELF her fellowmen may proceed in mindful living – even in crazy times.