1. How to Meditate Every Day on Lion’s Roar. “Diana Winston on committing to meditation practice. Featuring her ‘Ten Suggestions for Having a Regular Daily Practice Even if You Would Rather Be Thrown into a Shark-Infested Ocean.'” Honestly, I’m kind of jealous — I wish I’d written this. It’s so good.
2. Inner Alchemy Cards: Build A New World Deck “is an artful exploration of language, learning, inspiration, and collaboration, that delves into important ideas around activism and systems of oppression. This is a way for us to examine and disrupt harmful dominant narratives, tell new stories, and inspire one another to use our creativity and personal power to help build the collective world we all want to live in! In the end you will have a beautiful and meaningful handmade deck of 35 oracle cards to use as unique a tool for guidance and reflection whenever you need it.”
3. First we read, then we write from Austin Kleon.
4. What Happens When Americans Can Finally Exhale, “The pandemic’s mental wounds are still wide open.” In related news, Why Grounding Rituals May Be the Key to Navigating Post-COVID Anxiety, and Can I Just Tell You: With So Much To Mourn, We Must Allow Time To Grieve.
7. Chalk it up: Alameda artist sets a world record. “Mark Lewis Wagner wanted to create the world’s largest piece of ground chalk art by a single artist. So he did.” Mark is an amazing artist and an even more amazing human.
8. Isabel Allende: ‘Everyone called me crazy for divorcing in my 70s. I’ve never been scared of being alone.’ In this article, she says of writing: “Half the job is to show up,” she says. “You show up and you open your mind and heart, and something will happen. I have learned in years of writing that I have to be patient. I can write about anything except politics and football, so I know that if I give myself time, and I relax, it will happen. If I’m tense and calling the muse desperately, the muse won’t come.”
9. Recipe I want to try: strawberry cornmeal griddle cakes.
11. True Crime & Makeup YouTuber Bailey Sarian Is Launching A New Podcast On Spotify Called “Dark History.” There’s something so mesmerizing about watching her apply her makeup while she tells a story — I’m not sure how I’d feel about just listening to her.
12. Roxane Gay Starts Publishing Imprint With Grove Atlantic on The New York Times. “Roxane Gay Books will focus on underrepresented fiction, nonfiction and memoir writers, with or without agents.”