• Sylvia Calatayud

  • Mexico City, Mexico - Halifax

Art by Emily Honderich

Sylvia Calatayud story

Sylvia Calatayud Sylvia Calatayud is from Mexico City, Mexico. She lives in Dartmouth and works at the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs as a volunteer coordinator. She is an Art Therapist and a Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Staying Still

In the middle of March, Halifax went into lockdown, while the days were still cold and short. The pandemic was moving closer. It was unavoidable; nobody will be spared. So many questions emerged, how will our “normal” day by day be transformed? How will our social life be changed? Life slowed down, no need to run to work, evening classes, or appointments. We worked and studied from home, took long walks witnessing the snow melting, and the bright green come to life. My family and neighbourhood changed, looking more like a sharing community. The time to live one day at the time and let all expectations go has come.

It has been a time for learning, reflection, and spiritual growth. From my bedroom, I was able to reach exciting learning opportunities, do yoga, join my brother’s breathing and meditation practices, often connect with my family, and dance at virtual parties. I am grateful for all these, and I recognize how privileged I am. I learned to stay still, to let my body and mind heal.

Now things are going back to “normal.” The pandemic made visible social inequalities and social injustices. Still, I am hopeful that will change us in positive ways, creating a respectful and loving world where we are all included, so this can be our new normal.

"It has been a time for learning, reflection, and spiritual growth. From my bedroom, I was able to reach exciting learning opportunities, do yoga, join my brother’s breathing and meditation practices, often connect with my family, and dance at virtual parties. I am grateful for all these, and I recognize how privileged I am. "

- Sylvia Calatayud