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8 Suggestions to Create a New Normal

April 13, 2020
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If you’re like me, the novelty of quarantine has worn off. My young adult kids are restless, missing the worlds they created for themselves. We’ve worked and puzzled and gamed and cooked. Now what? The days blend. Time means nothing.

But it can.

Finding a rhythm that works can improve physical and mental health. It can help you focus and make better sense of time.

As you set a plan for yourself, keep in mind a few things…

  1. Wake up at the same time every day
  2. Drink lots of water and eat healthy food (believe me, I spent a month eating bread,            which—yum—but not so good for inflamed tissues)
  3. Set specific hours for work, breaks, and play
  4. Stretch, walk, and dance (or whatever cardio makes you feel good)
  5. Try working in different parts of the house
  6. Create small rituals to set the day apart from other moments in time
  7. Music can shift a mood in a heartbeat- play some
  8. Forgive yourself when none of this works

Whatever you do—avoid groups of people.

Coronavirus is not done with us yet. Stay safe.

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Emerging Beauty: Spirituality and quotes

March 27, 2020
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Who doesn’t like a good quote? I’ve compiled a few to make your day.

Quotes:

“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Kindness is the mark of faith; and whoever has not kindness has not faith.”– Mohammad

“Language is the laughter of the soul.”-Pablo Neruda 

“Simplicity of living, to retain a true awareness of life.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; it is our gift to each other.– Elie Wiesel

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” –Galatians 5:14 

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

“This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden.” -Mevlana Rumi

Because of deep love, one is courageous.– Lao Tzu

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it. Showcase it and you’ll start believing it.” –Jesse Owens

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.” Native American Proverb

This is a good time to enhance or start a spiritual practice. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some ideas. If you already belong to a church or synagogue, consider listening to a global meditation practice as well. We are all in this together.

Links to help grow a spiritual practice:

-Soundstrue.com offers a variety of spirituality gurus

-Brenebrown.com always insightful information

-Jackkornfield.com (free ½ day mindfulness home retreat with him and Tara Brach)

-More meditations: https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/coronavirus-meditations/

-AltheaTV on YouTube

-A good article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/smarter-living/coronavirus-anxiety-tips.html

-And more suggestions! https://hds.harvard.edu/life-at-hds/religious-and-spiritual-life/spiritual-resources-during-covid-19-pandemic

-Buddhist meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bn9TxJ62k&app=desktop

-a wonderful little garden commune in Northern Scotland: https://www.findhorn.org/workshops/

-great article and advice: https://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/blog/2020/3/mental-health-practices-for-everyone?fbclid=IwAR0LiK_N2I5YXP1Lh5tDt-jw9kb5O1VDCAYJnIId8J8y8h2yb8mcO_obUb8

Most churches, synagogue, mosques, temples and spiritual centers are now offering online services. IT IS OKAY to try a few!

Stay well. Find emerging beauty.

Carrie