November 7th has been forever cemented in my mind as The Day America Remembered It Was Not A Dictatorship. I learned the news of the Biden-Harris victory while hiking along a wooded trail in Prospect Park. Although this was a secluded area and I saw no one within eyesight, I nevertheless heard cheers and horns honking in the distance. It took me a few seconds to realize what this must mean: Biden had defeated Trump. I dug my phone out […]
Allyship towards people of color involves recognizing the racial biases that may live within me and committing to counter these subtle, insidious patterns of thinking. I can choose to speak up and ask for feedback from trusted peers of color, instead of remaining silent as I might otherwise be inclined to do. Similarly, I can seek to learn about the history of racism and ways in which discrimination has impacted and continues to impact POC today. I can make an effort to live life with compassion, respecting and honoring differences rather than seeing them as barriers.
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“Think of yourself in a cosmic context,” someone once suggested. It seemed like easier advice to take when I was out and about. In quarantine, sure, I go for daily walks and enjoy the fresh Brooklyn air. (An oxymoron, right? But it actually IS fresh, since carbon emissions have fallen since mid-March.) Meanwhile, I haven’t been across the river to Manhattan in about 5 weeks, although it feels like ages. I miss the window-shopping, the people-watching, the stunning skyscraper views. […]
The streets of Brooklyn were mostly empty. The few brave souls outdoors wore masks, scarves, or bandanas around their faces to keep virus at bay. A sign posted on a lamppost encouraged neighbors to stay connected in spite of the shelter-in-place order, now in its second month. And yet, the flowering trees still bloomed. Their message: your worldly illusions have been shattered, but deep within the earth, it’s business as usual.
During a time of challenge unlike any other that has come before in this lifetime, moments of calm are more important than ever. Please enjoy the links below, intended to bring you to a place of virtual mellow. MEDITATION IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: https://jackkornfield.com/compassion-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/ CURATED LIST OF CORONAVIRUS MEDITATIONS: https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanitymeds PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION AUDIO: https://www.therapistaid.com/interactive-therapy-tool/progressive-muscle-relaxation-audio MINDFUL BREATHING WITH CANDACE ALEXANDER OF THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION: https://youtu.be/utGa6rqzs3g WHIMSICAL, CALM EYE CANDY: https://www.mysticmamma.com/readthesigns/ RESPITE FROM COVID ANXIETY: https://youtu.be/zlKtkrhbqrU?list=PLY9qYvQsQewCJUh_HsWr9GlHtvoba_xH- PEACEFUL BEDTIME VIBES: https://doyogawithme.bandcamp.com/album/yoga-nidra-with-jennifer-piercy […]
I spent 10 days in California earlier this summer. All but one of the following photos were taken on the approximately two-mile stroll from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach using a Nikon D3100 fitted with a zoom lens. Dreamy!