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Seeing Through the Masks

Published by Greg Heffron on

Right now, many of us are wearing masks. COVID-19 has created a visual barrier between us which makes it harder to see each other. To reach each other.

We can feel so cut off not seeing a smile. Or even a frown.

When we’re all carrying the anxiety of not knowing, not seeing adds another layer to our confusion and our isolation.

But it’s worth remembering that many of us were already wearing masks. Before COVID, somebody said, “How are you?” And we said, “Great.”

But we weren’t great.

Or someone said, “Does that bother you?” And we said, “I’m okay.”

But we weren’t okay.

We looked at someone and thought they seemed carefree and successful. But they didn’t feel like that. They were at their limit, filled with confusion, despair or self-doubt.

The question is: how to shine through these masks? Can we reach beyond these barriers?

Put on your mask and show us some of your genuine expressions. A smile. A frown. Tears. Laughter. Tag them with #maskshine

And walking on the street, when you can’t see each other, see if you can offer a “flash of your heart,” even if nobody knows. Flashing goodness. Well wishes. Compassion. Mutual care.

Let us shine through our masks, and appreciate, now more than ever, how connected we are. And feel that. In mutual care and wishes for a healthy future. With less need for masks. Of all kinds.


Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron directs Green Zone Institute. He was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by Susan Gillis Chapman. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique — included in nearly every workshop. In 2007, Greg co-taught with Smith to fourth year students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg has taught Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness workshops in Holland, France, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine and across North America. In 2003 Greg graduated with an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Buddhist Retreat Center and others.