What is Quarantine: New life, New beginnings

Thecuarantena (literally, forty days, also meaning quarantine) is practised in parts of Latin America,

In some traditions the new mom and her new born are not introduce into the world, until 40 days later, is a time of preparation and adjustment for the new life.

Why 40?

Lent’s duration of 40 days reflects other times of trial, testing and hardship that are found in the christian Scriptures:

  • The story of Noah tells of rain falling on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.

  • Both Moses and Elijah fasted for 40 days before beginning their missions.

  • The Hebrews wandered for 40 years in the desert after leaving Egypt.

  • It took Joshua’s spies 40 days to search out the promised land and bring back fruit.

  • Goliath taunted the Israelite army in the morning and evening for 40 days.

  • Jonah warned the Ninevites they had 40 days until God would overthrow the city.

  • Jesus fasted and prayed in the desert for 40 days before beginning his ministry.

Quarentine is a tremendous opportunity to not let pass for granted.

During a pandemic, we can get out of control allowing panic, anxiety and fear take over our life.

In the principles of Ayurveda, if we take care of our mind, by nature, the body will take care of itself. Today, especially with the younger generation that crave connections, there is a fear and panic of being alone. Nowadays, people are having less meaningful interactions due to more digitally spontaneous connections. This pandemic has created feelings of stress and loneliness, including a loss of community than our predecessors have experienced despite technology advances.

David Frawley, an American Hindu teacher and an activist, characterizes quarantine as a “time to embrace the wellness of being”, including,

  • Feel inner space,

  • Sleep abundantly

  • Eat wholesome plant-based nutrition,

  • Time to breathe deeply,

  • Connect with nature,

  • Return to family life,

  • Connect inwardly with manual work and hobbies,

  • Enjoy music with nature sounds,

  • Walk in nature,

  • Work cooperatively,

  • Spend time in silence.

Quarantine is an opportunity