Forrest Rivers is a writer, philosophy teacher and speaker, is a keen observer of the human condition. In Maui, at the age of 30, the profound healing power of nature spoke to his soul and helped him overcome a dark period of alcohol abuse. After returning home from that transformative experience, Forrest has been a keen observer of the human condition.
According to Rivers, something altogether beautiful has bubbled up from beneath the surface of the Covid-19 pandemic. That something is unity and compassion. He sees signs of it everywhere: the thousands of volunteers who risked their lives to help others, the retired doctors who unretired to relieve the load of overworked hospital staffs, the food pouring into food banks, people supporting each other individually or collectively. He sees this as indicative of a positive move in the direction of a kinder and gentler society.
The emergence of COVID-19 turned the world upside down, ushering in mass casualties, sickness, and economic hardship, and social unrest. However, despite the pandemic's tragic and chaotic nature, the virus has also been catalyst for the spiritual awakening of humanity, according to one man calling us to continue leaning into the opportunity it has created.
He points to how this "pause" enabled people to really think about what mattered to them--taking more time with family, choosing a new career path that fulfills a heart-calling, stepping off the grid to live a life in nature, creating more healthy habits of meditating, walking, hiking, cycling, de-stressing in nature. All of these lead to people who are more centered in a life of peace, service and spiritual/emotional fulfillment.