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Books for aspiring women (and men)

2020-03-31T14:23:35+02:00

Request from a recent webinar: what shall I read? I offered a webinar recently where a participant asked what books I would recommend, books that might give a window into the topics I was speaking about. That is the book that I am writing myself. But until that is published, I offer a selection of books that I draw from, books that inspire me. Each of us are going to put the ideas together in our own ways. Each of us brings something to a text. It is sacred ground between the reader and the writer. Maybe some of the [...]

Books for aspiring women (and men)2020-03-31T14:23:35+02:00

#10 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Nurture

2020-03-29T18:47:56+02:00

#10 of 10 helpful, constructive, nurturing ideas. Nurture. Care for yourself, your emotional needs, your physical needs, your spiritual needs. Your ability to nurture others will come from the place of being resourced yourself. This is the moment for extreme care. Healthy food, healthy thoughts, healthy actions. Has there ever been a clearer invitation for us all to slow down, connect with that which TRULY matters – each other, our health, our typical frantic busy-ness? Now is the time for 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week nurture. Self-nurture, nurture each other, the planet. I don't mean self-indulgence. I mean care. Focus on health.  Our [...]

#10 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Nurture2020-03-29T18:47:56+02:00

#9 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Meditate

2020-03-29T18:48:03+02:00

#9 of 10 helpful, constructive, nurturing ideas. Meditate. Every day at the same time, MIT hosts a meditation for 10 minutes. How beautiful is that. It is open to the entire world, all who are affiliated with MIT which means you, since you know me, and I know Ellan from my days at Cornell, and Ellan got her PhD from MIT, and gave me this link. You can join us, whatever your time zone. People participate silently and invisibly, and others bear witness by letting their faces be seen. I bear witness. As someone living alone, it is a precious [...]

#9 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Meditate2020-03-29T18:48:03+02:00

#8 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Routine

2020-03-29T18:48:07+02:00

#8 of 10 constructive, nurturing ideas. Routine. I give a frame to the day. We are ritual creatures. I want to be conscious about it. How often / when do I want a shower, to put on clean clothes, tidy my space, meditate, exercise, eat healthy food, drink a glass of water, check in with friends and family, stop the news and media? I set chimes to go off through the day if I need to. I have set up a morning routine and an evening routine that give me a frame for the day. I feel more tethered this [...]

#8 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Routine2020-03-29T18:48:07+02:00

#7 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Reminders

2020-03-29T18:48:10+02:00

#7 of 10 helpful, constructive, nurturing ideas. Reminders. I write reminders on my windows and mirrors about breathing, nurturing, welcoming, remembering. I bought a chalk-marker, the kind that washes off windows and glass. I have decorated windows and mirrors with cheerful greetings. When I come in the door, I see "Welcome home kind soul" on my closet door. I put a reminder at my kitchen sink to focus on "nurture." In my bedroom on the mirror, I listed my blessings and the names of my friends and family, and I started a nightly ritual of meditating on each name before [...]

#7 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Reminders2020-03-29T18:48:10+02:00

#6 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Air

2020-03-29T18:48:14+02:00

#6 of 10 helpful, constructive, nurturing ideas. Air. I air out my home if the weather allows. I open all the windows and get stale air out, fresh air in. Some advice has come out meanwhile that the virus does not like sunlight, and fresh air helps tremendously for our respiration. The air outside is particularly fresh now that traffic and air travel are way down, as well as many kinds of factory production. Deep inhale! For more on the importance of fresh air at home, the American Lung Association has some links and info here. The Harvard Medical School [...]

#6 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Air2020-03-29T18:48:14+02:00

#5 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Seasons, rhythms

2020-03-29T18:48:18+02:00

#5 of 10 constructive, nurturing ideas: Note the seasons and rhythms. As the pandemic began taking over the news and then our news feeds on social media, and then our lives and behaviors, and maybe economic futures and social relations, the part of me that wants to be part of constructive solutions, rather than fear and doomsday, stepped in. I won’t lecture at you “do this.”  I will say what I am doing, in the hopes that it could inspire you. The sun rises and sets. The sun continues to rise and set. It just set here, and here is [...]

#5 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Seasons, rhythms2020-03-29T18:48:18+02:00

#4 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Immune system appreciation

2020-03-29T18:48:21+02:00

#4 of 10 helpful, constructive, nurturing ideas. Appreciate Time Scales of the human immune system. As the pandemic began taking over the news and then our news feeds on social media, and then our lives and behaviors, and maybe economic futures and social relations, the part of me that wants to be part of constructive solutions, rather than fear and doomsday, stepped in. I won’t lecture at you “do this.”  I will say what I am doing, in the hopes that it could inspire you. I appreciate another time scale than the one we have usually been on. The speed [...]

#4 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Immune system appreciation2020-03-29T18:48:21+02:00

#3 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Plants

2020-03-29T18:48:26+02:00

#3 of 10 helpful, constructive, nurturing ideas. Plants. As the pandemic began taking over the news and then our news feeds on social media, and then our lives and behaviors, and maybe economic futures and social relations, the part of me that wants to be part of constructive solutions, rather than fear and doomsday, stepped in. I won’t lecture at you “do this.”  I will say what I am doing, in the hopes that it could inspire you. I cultivate and touch plants. I work with plants. I repotted my houseplants, trimmed off the dead leaves, planted seeds, weed the [...]

#3 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Plants2020-03-29T18:48:26+02:00

#2 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Soundtrack

2020-03-29T18:48:29+02:00

#2 of 10 helpful, constructive, nurturing ideas. Music. As the pandemic began taking over the news and then our news feeds on social media, and then our lives and behaviors, and maybe economic futures and social relations, the part of me that wants to be part of constructive solutions, rather than fear and doomsday, stepped in. I won’t lecture at you “do this.”  I will say what I am doing, in the hopes that it could inspire you. I pay attention to the soundtrack of my day. I listen to great music. Inspiring podcasts. Learn a new language. Instead of [...]

#2 of ten constructive, nurturing ideas: Soundtrack2020-03-29T18:48:29+02:00