I don't have a ton to say this week. I'm adapting to our current reality, journaling a lot, and trying to figure out how to escape the echo chamber of my thoughts, social media sentiments, and the news. There is a lot of content in this email, so I'd rather let your focus land there instead of my rambling.
I will mention a few things:
I miss you! I'm really starting to feel the effects of being isolated at home and it. is. tough.
To combat this, I've developed a variety of donation-based offerings to be able to be with you virtually on a semi-regular basis:
I appreciated this piece by Vanity Fair which turns a critical eye to the wellness industry and those who are trying to profiteer from COVID-19. Most people are not using this crisis to their advantage, but I think it's always wise to check our intentions as both users and providers of wellness.
Another great write-up on how the Coronavirus will impact the wellness industry (plus action items for those affected) by Nicole Cardoza. She's also created a Wellness Relief Fund to cover one month of missed revenue (up to $2,500) for wellness spaces and wellness instructors that represent underestimated communities (!).
Big fan of Tara Brach, big fan of Vox's reporting. Two of my faves meet in this interview where Tara shares how to use meditation & mindfulness in an actually helpful way to navigate this pandemic.
Last week many in the restaurant and service industry lost their jobs. This Q&A with a therapist who supports those in the restaurant industry (and created a reduced-fee teletherapy network) shares the issues she sees the most, how you can help, and tips that everyone can use for staying mentally healthy during these tough times.
To stay up to date with the virtual offerings and discounts from our Collective members, you can check out our latest blog post which will continued to be updated.
Adding on to our round-up of how to help if you are experiencing financial security:
Purchase gift cards or packages from your local wellness providers & studios.
Order takeout and purchase gift cards from local restaurants (especially those in the ID).