FEEL MORE AT HOME IN THE MIDST OF BAD NEWS
It seems like someone turned up the intensity dial on bad news, doesn't it? It's a great time for TV news broadcasters and political fundraisers, but a really challenging time for those of us who are trying to navigate the alarm.
I've had the opportunity to see a few Shakespeare's tragedies recently which have proven very cathartic. The cautionary tales they dramatize are invaluable for noticing that the themes we're experiencing now are timeless -- and that confident positions and popular support can quickly flip.
I've found these articles helpful in offsetting the stream of provocative news:
On Being conversations tend to make me feel better and more hopeful about humanity. Here are some suggested episodes:
Poetry helps, too. I find Tyler Knott Gregson's recent success to be so encouraging. I think Chasers of the Light and All the Words are Yours would make great gifts. I also recommend Good Poems for Hard Times, Consolations, and anything by Mary Oliver.
Is A Year of Being Here on your radar? It features a different mindfulness-related poem every day. It wasn't on mine until they asked to feature one of my poems this summer. Now I think they really have a knack for picking good ones.
FEEL MORE AT HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS
And nothing will help take your mind off of the escalation of international tensions like spending time with family. Here are a few ideas to help you get ready for it to be messy.
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