A Yogi during Pandemic

When the world shakes, it creates distress and fear in the minds of the people. This is what we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The world is shaking during this pandemic and it has created distress in some percentage of the population. As a result, we have seen the mindless hoarding of goods and medical supplies from the stores.

But a Yogi (Someone calm, serene and centered.) sees this situation as fleeting not something permanent. He knows that this shall pass too. (Yogi is not someone who has long hair or beard, a yogi is someone who is happy and content.)

I heard this from a friend of mine many years back and it makes sense during this pandemic.

This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

One of the learnings I had from Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is that nothing in this world is permanent. Everything is changing. For me, these are not mere words but a shelter of hope during these tough times.

Just knowing, this too shall pass, brings such relaxation, and hope deep inside you. Worries disappear.

This is not the first time Earth is going through a pandemic. There have been many in the past. But after each pandemic life came back to normalcy. Same as how the dark clouds disappears from a stormy day.

Just like we studied mathematics, science, etc. in school and we had to give a test. This is the time where life threw a surprise test and we have no option than sitting in the exam.

Do you know what are we tested on in this surprise test?

Our Faith

Our Compassion

Our Love

A yogi has all these during the toughest of the tough times. A Yogi knows that dark clouds are momentary, they may have the power to block the sun, but can not stay forever.

Moving To Canada During COVID – 19

I am sharing my personal experience and my opinion about moving to Canada during COVID.

I have recently moved to Canada on my PR from USA. I had to make this decision rather quickly and abruptly due to COVID-19 spreading faster in the USA. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Trump announced that they would be closing borders, I had 2 options:

  1. To stay in USA on my H1B visa (i.e. with poor medical benefits and no Government benefits since I am not a citizen)
  2. To move to Canada on my PR (I did my soft landing last year in 2019)

After going back and forth with these options I finally decided to move to Canada and in my opinion I made the best decision.

WHY?

  1. Canadian Government is not only helping the Citizens or Permanent Residents, but they are also providing aid to international students.
  2. Since I had an OHIP card it was easy for me to avail the medical benefits if needed.
  3. My partner has a full time job so it will not load us financially.

But some of the drawbacks of moving to Canada right now is:

  1. There are NO job-fairs or it is very difficult to get in touch with the recruiters, so looking for a job in my field has become a a hassle.
  2. Most of the network providers are closed like freedom, fido, etc. It is difficult to even get a sim card during this pandemic.
  3. Difficult to meet people and make new connections as that can help to find a job.
  4. Most of the stores are closed except all essential services.
  5. Finding a rental place/apartment is extremely difficult and expensive. AirBnb is not entertaining anyone as well.

In short, I would not advise any one to come here right now on PR if they don’t have a job as they will just exhaust their savings. If CIC is giving you a chance to hold onto the landing process then see this as an opportunity and not a blocker. Until you want to come here with your savings. So the people who got COPR do not worry, Canadian government will not take your PR away because you can’t land, they will be understanding towards the situation.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below and I will answer them.