1. Taking Mindfulness to the Mat on Lion’s Roar. “Applying the Buddha’s four foundations of mindfulness to hatha yoga asanas, says Frank Jude Boccio, can enrich practitioners’ experiences and cultivate awareness of the unity of body and mind.”
2. Reasons to be Cheerful, “a non-profit editorial project that is tonic for tumultuous times.” I’ve shared this before, but it’s worth a revisit.
3. October issue of The Sun online, “We’ve lifted our paywall. In this time of isolation, we want to share stories about what connects us, the challenges we face, and the moments when we rise to meet them.”
4. Mindful by Design, “an audio course all about mindfulness, meditation, evidence of how it all works and some guidance to make it work for you. Over five episodes and accompanying meditations, Rev angel Kyodo williams introduces core principles of the mindfulness practice through both science and lived experience.”
5. Poetry Unbound. “Your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.”
6. Tending Joy and Practicing Delight, Ross Gay on On Being. “To be with Gay is to train your gaze to see the wonderful alongside the terrible; to attend to and meditate on what you love, even in the midst of difficult realities and as part of working for justice.”
7. Hearing Your Voice, a new podcast from Melissa Toler. “I’m having conversations about all of these things with Black health and wellness professionals and fat activists who have taken a weight-inclusive approach to their work. My goal is to uncover the lies and myths that get sold to us, but more importantly I want us to explore how we can filter out the cultural noise and begin to hear our own voice.”
8. Wild Writing Teacher Training with Laurie Wagner, “a 5-month-long class for men and women who want to learn how to lead this life-changing writing process that invites people to show up on the page in a deeply powerful and authentic way. The teacher training will take trainees into the depth of their own writing, guide them into leadership, and show them how to create, market, and run their own Wild Writing workshops.”
11. Wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh: “Truth cannot be borrowed. It can only be experienced directly. The fruit of exploration, suffering, and the direct encounter between one’s own spirit and reality — the reality of the present moment and the reality of ten thousand lifetimes.” A few weeks ago, his sangha announced that Hanh had stopped eating, was getting closer to death. May he have ease in this time.
12. Maggie Smith and the poem that captured the mood of a tumultuous year. From four years ago, even more true than it was then.
13. Recipes I want to try: Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Spicy Vegan Nuggets (video), and The Best Ever Vegan Mac N Cheese. P.S. did you know you don’t have to be a vegan to cook and eat yummy vegan food?
14. Wisdom from Audre Lorde: “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
15. For a Good Time, Call. “On the party line, Maria and I can be anything, or anyone. But always, we’re adults.”
16. Hula Hoop Master. (video) This kid is me, with all of life, all the ways, all the things.
17. The Courage, a print by Lora Zombie.
17. The Case for Writing a Memoir in Essays. “Beth Kephart on the Power of Fragmentation in Books By Sonja Livingston, Megan Stielstra, and More.”