Wherever we are at the moment, whatever our lives usually entail, this time all across the world it is a very similar time for all of us. Our lives may feel fragile, on hold and some of us may feel very concerned about the health of our loved ones and ourselves.
The thought of being the cause of anyone becoming ill frightens us. We want to protect and shelter those that we love. I think the fact that we are all experiencing the same feelings and needs across the globe is quite powerful indeed. It is a shared experience, but it does not make it any easier for us individually.
The days of self isolation and quarantine surely have their ups and downs and can feel quite overwhelming, especially not knowing when and how long it will take for this period to be over and when exactly we will be reunited with our loved ones.
On the positive side of things, self isolation does really leave us no option but to go inwards, digging deep into our beings and discovering more about ourselves, about the essence of life and what it is to be a human. It has rendered our species more compassionate with one another and has really united us, transcending through race and class.

I personally have found the best way to deal with uncertainty is to have a routine, chores, to talk with family near and far, cook, write, drink herbal teas,read, use my essential oils around the home and on my body, sit in the sunshine on the balcony and draw. I still have the intention to write, paint and read some more.... 

Being away from home, at the present time, I miss my children, their hugs and their smell. I miss my walks in my beloved home Majdal, Jordan around the olive and pine trees. I miss the views from my balcony where every hour of the day has gifted me with different lighting, colours, shapes and shadows. I miss the place that has fueled me with inspiration and gratitude.

I miss the simple daily things I enjoy and love; My studio and my painting. I miss the sense of fulfilment and gratitude for the gift of being able to make skin care products that have benefited my children and my family and now all those who have chosen to use them.

Ultimately, I am grateful for Jordan, the land and the country that is my home and that has been the source of many of my inspirations. Today and every day I am proud to be a Jordanian woman.

Before I leave you, I would like to ask how are YOU feeling during this time? How has COVID-19 impacted your life and your perspective, whether  good or bad? Please feel free to reach out to me during this unsettling time. For if we don't demonstrate compassion with one another now, then when? 

I will now prepare a cup of  herbal tea, read a book and start a sketch of this beautiful tree I see from my window on the 7th floor far away from home. 

April 18, 2020 — Amina Mango