Learning to meditate saved and improved me

I'm a recovering alcoholic -- 15 years and also PTSD, which has been mostly under control for over 5 years. I knew as soon as our office closed and we were ordered to stay home that the anxiety was going to come, and I had to prevent it from happening. Almost immediately (after an initial 2-week quarantine), I signed up for dharma meditation instruction from a known, qualified instructor. The meditation has allowed me to learn to relax and remain calm, and how to breathe properly for control of yourself. While my original intent was to help combat isolation and fear of getting sick, the effect has spilled into other areas of my life. I have found peace with my mother, I'm a more concerned friend, a better supervisor of my team, and generally more compassionate in most matters. More appreciation of art and nature, the wonder of all things natural. I've learned to eat better, more whole and organic foods and have lost 10 pounds. For the first time in 10 years, I got plants and decorated my patio. I gave away a lot of my stimulus money to the needy (especially children and animals). I continue learning more of meditation through further instruction and will follow this practice for the rest of my life. Thanks to the pandemic.