Monthly Archives: March 2020

Gratitude Friday

1. You, kind and gentle reader. I wish I could give every single one of you a hug right now, sit down together with a cup of tea and ask you how you are doing, cook you a meal, go for a walk. Since I can’t, this will have to do, and this is such a blessing. May you be safe, may you be well, may you find some ease, and my you be happy.

2. Technology. I know that it gets us in trouble sometimes, fails us in some ways, presents us with new complications, can be frustrating, but I can’t even imagine what this moment in time would be like if I didn’t have such easy access to information, news, music, podcasts, TV, movies, books, video conferencing, YouTube workouts, recipes, online shopping (especially for groceries), virtual therapy, online hangouts with friends, email, texting with the people I love, this blog, Facebook and Instagram. And that doesn’t even include technologies like indoor plumbing, water treatment, electricity, etc.

3. Practice. Even on a regular day when there’s no immediate threat of any kind, I depend on practice to survive, to stay sane, and that is only more true now.

4. Daily workouts with Eric. This was us after our workout today, sweaty and happy, (I swear, Eric has pants on). We are both so much happier when we move, and without the gym and yoga studio, we’ve had to get creative. The schedule I’m trying right now is every other day, I walk dogs with Eric and we do yoga together, and on the opposite days, we do a HIIT workout from YouTube (we’ve been enjoying Body Coach TV) and I do some yoga on my own. It really helps with my state of mind. And to be clear, that’s just me, what I need, and in no way is intended to imply that anyone else has to use this time to move in any sort of way that doesn’t make them feel good, calm and safe. You do you!

5. Morning walks. I’m going more often now, and it feels so good to get outside. I’m grateful we are used to walking early, before anyone else is really out. With the time change, it’s still pretty dark, with the sun only starting to rise as we are on our way back home.

6. My tiny family. I am so so so lucky that I love them so much, that they are my favorite way to spend my time, that everyone so far is safe and well and happy.

Bonus joy: fresh fruits and vegetables which seem so precious right now, sitting out on the patio in the sun, the sound of the birds in the morning, our irises and tulips and daffodils starting to come up, everything getting green, the people I know who’ve been sick getting better, hanging out with Chloe’ and Mikalina, texting with my brother and mom, pick up groceries (we wanted to try delivery but that service is overwhelmed), buying seeds for our garden (we are planting ALL THE THINGS this year), clean water, how well Sam did at his physical therapy appointment without me (they came out and got him out of the car, physical distancing from the humans to keep the vets and techs safe, doubly important to me because they not only take care of my dogs but they are my yoga students and I love them so much, want them all to be safe and well), that I live in a state where our leadership is being so careful, finally having a year where we’ll get a refund on our taxes (all due to the electric car we bought, the refund for which will pay off our other car), sunshine, reading in bed at night while Eric and the dogs sleep, napping with Sam, Ringo getting the zoomies in the backyard, a kitchen counter love note from Eric even though neither one of us are leaving the house much right now, all the plants that Eric had to bring home from his office, (I’d wanted more plants, just not like this).

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.”