An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans by Kristin Flyntz

Stop.

Just stop.

It is no longer a request.

It is a mandate.

We will help you.

We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt.

We will stop the planes, the trains, the schools, the malls, the meetings, the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing our single and shared beating heart, the way we breathe together, in unison.

Our obligation is to each other, as it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten.

We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions, to bring you this long-breaking news: We are not well. None of us; all of us are suffering.

Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth did not give you pause. Nor the typhoons in Africa, China, Japan. Nor the fevered climates in Japan and India.

You have not been listening.

It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold your lives. But the foundation is giving way, buckling under the weight of your needs and desires.

We will help you. We will bring the firestorms to your body. We will bring the fever to your body. We will bring the burning, searing, and flooding to your lungs that you might hear: We are not well. Despite what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy.

We are Messenger. We are Ally. We are a balancing force.

We are asking you: To stop, to be still, to listen; To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all; To be with your ignorance, to find your humility, to relinquish your thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart; To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, smoky, smoggy, rainy?

How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition: how does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy? To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean, murky, polluted? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy?

Many are afraid now. Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you. Instead, let it speak to you—in your stillness, listen for its wisdom. What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of personal inconvenience and illness?

As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about quality of your own health, what might the quality of your health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you?

Stop.

Notice if you are resisting.

Notice what you are resisting. Ask why.

Stop.

Just stop.

Be still. Listen.

Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well. We will help you, if you listen.

Written by Kristin Flyntz. Thanks to Jeanne Peters for bringing this to my attention.

4 Replies to “An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans by Kristin Flyntz”

  1. Dear Kristin, a friend from Seattle sent me your Covid letter. It had been forwarded to him by someone himself. I live in Berlin. The letter touched me very much and speaks to me from the soul! I translated it into German. I am a climate activist and co-founder of the Klima Akademie Berlin (www.klima-akademie-berlin.de). I would like to place your letter in the German translation on our website. Do you agree? I would be very happy!!
    I also want to tell you that I really like your entire website and blogs. Very creative and versatile and stimulating!
    I’m curious to see if you answer me. With best regards from Berlin to Michigan, Sabine von Stackelberg

  2. A friend from Mississauga, ON sent me this after I had shared with her my writings from Mother Earth and her children
    You are much more explicit and I loved it all
    May we move forward in Harmony

  3. Oh how joyous it would be if the entire world listen to your message. I live in Australia and have family in the Philippines. They are loving the silence and peacefulness of the village forced upon them by yourself. They are wishing that the peace and quiet remains after you’ve gone.

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