And the number is…

s-l300Since last week, my daily habits have changed significantly, including looking at the statistics of newly infected COVID-19 cases in Washington state.

Each morning, with my coffee in hand, I read the daily counts of infected and other news updates on what other part of the infrastructure has been effected.

Increased testing of the population in Seattle has begun.  UW School of Medicine has established a drive-through testing center in their parking garage on campus.  The governor has said that the university has used genetic modeling to show the likelihood at least 1000 cases in the state.

This isn’t just limited to long-term care facilities.  As the numbers come in, we are headed into serious measures that will impact our city and state.

Enjoy the freedoms you have now, they will change significantly with the infected case numbers being confirmed.  And..they will be coming in this week.

I am copying this news update by Daniel Bookman from this evening’s Seattle Times for you to read.  Specifically open the chart (‘shared’ link highlighted in red).  Italy has just done the 5th level of action in closing their country.

Seattle area official outlines potential next steps in coronavirus response

Seattle area public-health officials are “at the ready” to start ordering involuntary isolation and quarantines and are considering cancellation of major public events, with information coming soon, a top official said Monday.

Patty Hayes, director of Public Health — Seattle & King County, outlined potential next steps in the area’s effort to slow the spread of the virus at a Seattle City Council meeting and said officials are talking about what to do.

Hayes shared a Washington State Department of Health chart that listed five levels of actions that officials could take. Gov. Jay Inslee hinted at the ongoing discussions Sunday on the CBS show “Face the Nation,” saying the state’s response could involve “reducing the number of social activities that are going on.”

Although King County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case was announced less than two weeks ago, the area’s response already has ratcheted through Level 1 and Level 2.

Read the full story here.

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Practicing Reiki in isolation

Yesterday I received a call from a Reiki master, Greg, in the heartland of Iowa.  He had found me through an article I wrote for International Reiki News Magazine.

He had lived on the West Coast where he used to teach martial arts, but had been in a car accident and returned to his family in Iowa to recover.  Unfortunately, while there, he was involved in another car accident and was pretty much bound to the corn field landscape for the forseeable future.

He expressed the isolation he felt in the midwest, of not having the ability to tap into spiritual community in his conservative town.  The central city nearest to him was several hundreds of miles away.

We talked about being able to ‘tap in’ through doing distance Reiki, through online forums, but I understand, quite well, it’s not your live and vibrant Reiki community.

Practicing Reiki in isolation is a challenge and can make you doubt there even is a connection to this higher source.

But I told Greg of my own experiences, when I have traveled far away from home.  Although I don’t have my community at my doorstep, I still can give myself a treatment, send to my own situation as well as to the world, and maybe, just maybe, that beaming of light begins to attract me to and others to me who share similar interests.

Also, practicing Reiki on and in nature is a way to remind you that yes, indeed, this force does exist, even if the people around you just don’t seem to ‘get it’.

Reii practice, just like Reiki itself is fluid and will adjust to you.  Give yourself permission to receive that insight and then be prepared to be surprised.

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