One of the worst experience is to feel suffocated. It happened to some people during the coronavirus pandemic when they could not breathe. At the same time, if you are feeling out of breath, you have to long for God more than air. I cheat and tell God, “I see your presence in the air, so longing for air is like longing for you.” God smiles and says, “At least you are aware of Me while you are suffocating. That is good enough.” This experience of feeling suffocated makes you appreciate everything in life, as you have given value to air above everything. I think that is why there is the common cold: to appreciate free movement of our breath. It is all these blockages that stop us from receiving the free flow of grace and love from God. — Satish Daryanani