It’s hot. There’s a global pandemic. The election is 96 days away. Racial and general unrest is rocking our cities. The short- to mid-term economic outlook is, at best, uncertain. Tempers flare. Sparks fly. Blood pressure rises.
I am privileged and the fabric of my days has changed dramatically since mid-March. I go to the market, occasionally get a take-out coffee or meal, meet colleagues and friends on Zoom, and enjoy family photos and phone calls rather than in-person visits. I wear a mask when I’m out and about.
After witnessing a few particularly charged interactions, I decided to share practices that are making it easier for me to stay centered in the hope that you’ll share some of yours as well. Here they are, in no particular order:
- For the last 54 days, I’ve risen early and started my day with 45 minutes of meditation and prayer,
- I’m drinking lots of water – regular and coconut – aiming for roughly half the equivalent of my weight in ounces,
- I do my best to spend at least as much time performing activities like reading, writing, cooking, weeding as I do on the screen,
- After dinner, weather-permitting, I spend 20 minutes in the hammock staring up at the clouds, hummingbirds, owls, leaves, butterflies, bees, or whatever is right in front of me,
- Three to four times a week, we take a 20+ mile bike ride to enjoy nature and move our bodies,
- Three or four times a week, my yoga mat and I spend an extended time together,
- When friends come to mind, I send cards, usually by local artists,
- Appreciating, purchasing, preparing and serving dishes of organic, locally-grown produce has become a daily ritual,
- I’m working more intently than ever to align my work, purchases and contributions with my values,
- Sometimes because it’s so energizing, I just let it all go and act silly, laugh and be weird.
It’s definitely true. There are serious matters at hand. There have been for centuries and, with any luck, there will continue to be.
My intention has become to FIRST appreciate the joy and beauty of living and what is working and then move from that place. I don’t know that the new patterns I’ve formed will change as our world does and I don’t know that they won’t. My plan is to enjoy them while I can.
Be well, all,