Daily Archives: March 23, 2020

Something Good

From our walk

1. Wisdom from Dr. Lindsay Jernigan: “Try this perspective shift: instead of seeing ‘social distancing’ and travel bans as panic, try seeing them as acts of mass cooperation intended to protect the collective whole. This plan is not about individuals going into hiding. It’s a global deep breath … an agreement between humans around the planet to be still.”

2. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön: “The next time you go out in the world, you might try this practice: directing your attention to people — in their cars, on the sidewalk, talking on their cell phones — just wish for them all to be happy and well. Without knowing anything about them, they can become very real, by regarding each of them personally and rejoicing in the comforts and pleasures that come their way. Each of us has this soft spot: a capacity for love and tenderness.”

3. The Ghost Of Normalcy Lingering Past Its Time from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds. Also from Chuck, It’s Okay That You’re Not Okay.

4. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: Take a Mindful Approach to Coronavirus, and How to Do Metta, and Living in This Strange Moment Together.

5. Take Heart, World. “Viruses are contagious. So is hope.” A blog collecting hopeful stories during the global pandemic.

6. The World We Once Lived in Has Vanished on The New York Times “Even if we manage to defeat the coronavirus, that world will not return.”

7. Is “Ob*sity” a Risk Factor For Coronavirus (COVID-19)? from Dances with Fat.

8. The conversation, “A short manifesto about the future of online interaction” from Seth Godin.

9. Poetry as Consolation with Holly Wren Spaulding. “Over many years of teaching and personal practice, I have collected poems, exercises, and creative actions that can help us feel calmer, more grounded, and even joyful during challenging and uncertain times. I want to share these tools with you. Join me this spring, for a series of interactive virtual workshops where we will gather as a community to experience the remarkable benefits of writing and being read to, talking and learning, creation and transformation, all from the convenience and safety of home.”

10. Coronavirus Sanity Guide (FREE) from Ten Percent Happier.

11. April Love 2020 with Susannah Conway. “Unexpected and unusual things are happening in our world right now and the majority of us are holed up at home to help protect others, so I’m really happy to be able to share some April Love with you! This is a very gentle photo challenge to help bring creative mindfulness to our days. Not only is this the ‘home edition’ — you should be able to photograph something at home every day — but I’ve also added some extra prompts so we can start on Monday 23rd March. Yes!”

12. 4 Mindfulness Practices That We Need Right Now from Zen Habits.

13. Exquisite Corps (42 choreographers, 1 dance). “A dance-film: 42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.”

14. What I Learned as an Introvert From My First 5 Days in Lockdown.

15. Coronavirus News: Coronavirus Can Be Stopped Only by Harsh Steps, Experts Say on The New York Times, and Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country; Read Her Full Speech, and Scientists warn we may need to live with social distancing for a year or more, and Is It Safe To Go To The Grocery Store During The Coronavirus Outbreak?, and Empty Grocery Shelves Are Alarming, But They’re Not Permanent, and It’s Time To Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here’s How.

16. With Live Sports Gone, Announcer Offers Play by Play of the Everyday on The New York Times. “Nick Heath narrates his videos of people doing mundane things, like crossing the street, with the verve and dramatic flair of competitive sports.”

17. A Little Prayer (new ukulele song by Danielle Ate the Sandwich), (video). “Inspired by hearing about a friend who lost a pet, and wanting to give comfort and positivity to all those who are going through loss and grief.”

18. Simple Food Swaps For When You Run Out Of Ingredients.

19. These zoos and aquariums are live-streaming animals for people to enjoy during coronavirus isolation.

20. Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and Others on the Books That Bring Them Comfort on The New York Times.

21. 30 Problems Of A Sloth Hilariously Illustrated By Japanese Artist Keigo.

22. “Quarantine Diaries:” People Share Hilarious Struggles About Losing Social Contact.

23. 5 Tiny Desk Concerts To Calm Your Mind.

24. Kitty O’Meara, Author of “And the People Stayed Home,” Opens Up About Writing That Viral Poem.

25. Good stuff from Great Big Story: This Dog Raises Baby Cheetahs (and Wallabies and Ocelots) and Japan’s Museum of Rocks With Faces.

26. there’s room for all of your feelings.

27. This American Life: Alone Together. “This week, as the staff creates the episode from their apartments and houses, with our host in quarantine, in this moment when everyone’s reaching out to the people they love, we put together a collection of family stories, with some timely stuff at the top.”

28. This Atlanta Man Is Creating Mobile Hand-Washing Stations For The Local Homeless Community.

29. ‘One Day at a Time’ Season 4 Trailer: Alvarez Family Gets Candid About Sex, Dating and Family.

30. Body Trust Summit: Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines, (video). “What it Means to Get Free:
Divesting from diet culture & dominant systems, Blackness and the impact of liberatory work, and Love as a form of divestment.”

31. Heart Wide Open. (video) “A simple chant in the style of Sweet Honey in the Rock, came to me during this morning’s walk.”