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Many Things Getting Me Through #8
Because I've still been at a loss for words...
I am going to start this letter with a reminder that I usually share at the end, which is that if you are reading this I love you.
I am also getting right to the point in sharing resources and tools that have been getting me through challenging global times. Ask yourself, “What do I need?” and listen to your answer. Hear what you need & follow through. For you.
Sometimes it is not “3 Things Getting Me Through” it is way more than that. These past few weeks, it has been all of the things. I have been present to what is going well in my life while acknowledging that there is so much misery in our world.
Try or learn something new. I took a webinar class two weeks ago that kept my mind focused & I didn’t realize until afterwards how much it would positively impact my week & perspective.
Sauna & cryotherapy. An hour to sweat & feel or four minutes of freezing both reminded me that I get through hard things.
Yoga. It’s my go-to. What is yours? Running, dancing, walking?
Distractions are okay. Getting in bed at 7:30pm and watching a few hours of mindless TV is also okay.
Lean on loved ones. Let loved ones lean on you.
Cry it out. Let your emotions move through you.
Reduce the screen time / news. It is so hard when you want to stay informed. And so healthy to step back from it.
Find glimmers. Lean into the small moments where your nervous system is calm & you feel joy.
We have to listen to our bodies and our needs. What I share below is more feelings based on US & global crises. If you don’t want to keep reading, I get it! Listen to you… and take care of you!
I have many favorite places in the world. Favorite countries, favorite states, favorite cities, favorite views... Favorite places to be. Places where I have felt held, seen and at peace. Places where I have truly been me.
While I have never been to Lewiston, Maine is a state I love dearly. Here I am heartbroken and without words once again as the US mourns another mass shooting.
If you know me, you also know that in addition to my adoration for Maine, the summers I spent in Israel in my early twenties changed my life.
My heart breaks in response to gun violence. My heart breaks as antisemitism rises throughout the world particularly on college campuses. On my college campus. I have cried a lot.
I have felt a lot. And simultaneously I am more than okay.
I feel self-centered in my own daily to-do’s when so much suffering surrounds. Yet I am letting myself. I am living fully for those who no longer can.
PS In case no one told you today, I love you.