The varying significance of masks

Charleston Samu Rii Marquis Blog, EN, General

Early this morning, I was chased by a relentless impression concerning masks. I thought I would humbly like to share it with you.

There are basically 3 definitions of masks:

  1. Mask – a covering for all or part of the face, worn as a disguise, to terrify or amuse other people; the ones that robbers, thieves, or we wear in carnival.
  2. Mask – a protective covering worn to prevent infection; the ones doctors use during surgery, or the ones we use during a pandemic, like COVID-19.
  3. Mask – an elusive covering that separates us from our true self and, unfortunately also, inhibits our ability to live joyfully.

During the corona pandemic, we have all become aware of how uncomfortable the recurrent wearing of the corona mask is. Interestingly though, we are not very much aware of how confining it is to cover ourselves in our permanent mask of personality. Even though both masks inhibit our freedom of expression, the corona mask has become the focus. I think this is a misconception of significance.

The “star” of the show has always been and will always be the “mask of personality”. I think, in post-corona time when we are to give up the corona mask, we should also be prepared to give up our personality mask. Because it causes lots of damage to our well-being. The well-being of us as individuals, our fellow citizens, and the nation as a whole. Governments, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists should openly speak out and make this very clear to us.

As you know, the corona mask partly hinders audibly and visually how we communicate with each other. But the mask of personality inhibits the expression of our very humanity. The way we think and feel about ourselves, and the way we translate our thoughts and feelings into action.

We at Bodyhood Pilates understand very well how our masks of personality negatively affect Joseph H. Pilates‘ dictum:

“Attain and maintain a uniformly developed body with a sound mind. Fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our daily and varied tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure”

(Un-)mask & fly with it!

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