Covid-19 Grounded

Andy Robins talks about ways he is grounding himself and his family during this crisis – March 2020

Over the last week, I’ve written this blog many times. Life is so fluid at the moment, and Covid-19 is that ball on fast-moving waters. I have wanted to write fancy things about global leadership styles and how Covid-19 shows up in everything I have ever learnt from Zen Leadership. Today though after my weekend being locked down in a one-bedroom flat in Willesden London with my wife and kids Obama (3) and Diana (2), I’ve arrived at the point of wanting to write nothing! Instead, I ask you to sit with this quote from a famous Zen Master Ryokan.

“To enjoy life’s immensity, you do not need many things.”

On Saturday we went scootering around empty streets, yesterday we played hide and seek for an hour, did dot to dot colouring for the afternoon and played indoor football. The local children’s play area is locked, so today we are playing on open space by the busy road, no one about so we’re kicking the grass, picking daisies and a bit of scootering too! 

And finally, as Pema Chodron says “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” 

I feel it might be a long haul! 

Ease & Joy


Sheltered in place? Wondering how to adjust to the difficulties of these times or access their possibilities? We can help. One of the ways these wild times have changed us at IZL is we’re re-creating our spring programs online – that’s our foundational Zen Leader program, plus ZL2 and HEAL 2 – making it easier than ever for you to join us.


7-7-7 “Social distancing” is good medical advice, but “social unifying” is good for the whole of you. Join our dojo and IZL Community for online meditation (and some “tea time”), 7 days a week at 7 am and 7 pm (U.S. Central Time Zone).


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