Physical distancing during corona and social media distancing
Posted on April 8th, 2020

Dr sarath obeysekera 

We all are educated and warned over and over by authorities that a fair physical distance should be maintained at all times

So a group has initiated a WhatsApp group to practice meditation remotely at home from 6 to 7 in the morning and evening.

The only message the members was supposed to get is a reminder to start the practice and Maithree Bhavana for 10 minutes at the end of the session

I also joined to recommence vipassana meditation which I practiced for a while and stopped a few years back

Everything was good during the first few days until some members started sending messages about the corona and also total irrelevant videos etc to the WhatsApp group addresses

It looked like people were trying to get closer socially which they cannot do physically

The idea of pursuing meditation practice to get rid of all defilements and unnecessary thoughts

But people start to achieve using social media  what they cannot achieve by having physical close association 

It may be a good idea in case of a professional group to do so which can help work – from – home concept

But for a meditation group, this may not be the best practice 

Social media messages will be flying all over the cosmos like the Coronavirus which may make people sick due at a hitherto unknown Extraterrestial invisible virus 

Dr. Sarath Obeysekera
CEO Walkers Colombo Shipyard
Sri Lanka

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