COVID-19 Existential Crisis as a Catalyst for Spiritual Growth

COVID-19 Existential Crisis as a Catalyst for Spiritual Growth

Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Executive Coach, Psychologist & Art Therapist

With the disruption of the COVID-19, we all are forced into some form of an existential crisis along with social distancing and self-isolation. In such a time of crisis, the lens of FLOW coaching philosophy might help us to start to see our condition as a catalyst to our spiritual growth.

FLOW coaching sees life as a creative process, thus current reality as a form of catalyst to a better form of future. The reality that we are all in is perceived as a medium to learn and grow.

We all have choices, but most of the time our conditioning from the early years of life makes us perceive the same path as a choice. Once we change our lens, then, we are able to see other choices available to us.

Applying this core principle of FLOW coaching into our current reality, let’s see what we have and how we can use them to grow.

  • Social distancing forces us to isolate ourselves. That is a fact. What we do with it is a choice. “What do we choose to create” — this fact depends on us. We might get bored and use this time for social media browsing or we might set time and focus for a practice that will evolve us.
  • Coronavirus is a fact and we are all afraid to catch it. Our fear and the pandemic are facts. We can get frozen and stay in the fear zone or we can use that energy to finally connect with our deeper self and start listening to our inner intelligence.

If you choose to follow the FLOW principles and start to see this crisis full of choices towards spiritual growth, then set aside some time to reflect on these existential questions: “Who do I want to become?” and “What spiritual practices can I exercise to become that person?”.

Intentionally directing our creative energy to what we want to create, instead of worrying and panicking, we will be able to use this crisis time for developing a spiritual practice that will stay with us for a lifetime.

Developing a spiritual practice ultimately is about learning to surrender and trusting the intelligence of flow.

Listening to our inner voice through listening to silence, asking deep questions and reflecting upon them, writing, exchanging meaningful conversations with others,  and other creative acts connect us with the universal consciousness of flow.  

Learning to listen is a deep spiritual practice. First, it teaches us to be patient, and in time as we keep practicing, it connects us with our inner intelligence. If we keep it as a repetitive practice, then we learn to surrender ourselves without judgment and with a deeper understanding.

Asking powerful questions is about stretching ourselves outside our comfort zone. It is a practice where our mind and heart have to cooperate. It is a practice where we conquer inner resistance and free ourselves from it. Powerful questions are indeed creative coaching questions. They allow us to align our attention with our intention. These creative coaching questions help us to reflect on our true intention;

  1. What do I want to develop as a practice that is meaningful for me and helping me to align with my values on a daily basis?
  2. How can I focus on building my practice?
  3. How much time can I set aside for my practice?
  4. In what ways will my new practice support me?
  5. Who will I become if I develop a habit of my practice?

Writing is a form of spiritual practice too. As we write we clear our mind, body, and heart from dysfunctional energy clutter that keeps us alert and worrying all the time. It also helps us to release accumulated negative energy and emotions from our bodies.  Writing is a process connecting us with our subconscious. Therefore, writing is a catalyst to spiritual growth.

Social distancing means physical distancing, but it shouldn’t prevent us from having meaningful conversations through virtual platforms. One thing that we can be grateful for about modern technology is that it has enhanced our mediums to connect. A meaningful conversation makes you feel like you are in flow at the moment with a sense of meaning and fulfillment.

It develops us and creates a desire to grow. It is both an art and science. It creates a sacred space between people on a conscious and subconscious level. Therefore it is a spiritual practice.

Spiritual growth comes to the person with intention and repetitive practice. If we practice these acts above we will be able to transform this existential crisis into something that will serve us and others for a lifetime.

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