Each week I’ll share a few resources from around the interwebs for self-care and contemplation.
Self Care: A meditation, fascia awakening practice, & self-compassion workbook.
Tara Brach is a world-renowned Buddhist psychologist and dharma teacher. I am inexplicably blessed to be close enough to practice weekly with her sangha (community) in Maryland. Her RAIN of self-compassion model is a classic go-to for healing suffering. First, we Recognize the internal suffering, we Allow the pain that’s there to be felt fully, Investigate its source and lesson for our lives, and finally Non-Identify with it and Nurture our true needs.
My cousin, Jessica Filson, is a self-care practitioner and founder of Radically Rooted & Solid Roots Yoga. Her quick and easy myofascial release videos are just what the doctor ordered to awaken your connective tissue and root down into your body! Try this upper back flush & rinse practice before moving into a meditative practice (perhaps this 5-minute guided meditation for non-judgment).
Kristen Neff wrote the book on self-compassion… literally! Her humor lightens up an awkward topic for a lot of people – how to dig deep and give your self the nourishment it has always needed. I can’t wait to jot through this new workbook she put together with Christopher Germer when it comes out in August!
Contemplation: Spiritually-centered social change, curiosity as creative fuel, & the cures for anxiety.
Colin Beavan on Lion’s Roar offers a step-by-step guide for how Buddhist sanghas can choose an issue of injustice, examine its underlying systems, understand why their spiritual leadership matters, learn from other spiritual social justice advocates, and do “Together Action.”
I’m obsessed with Elizabeth Gilbert – our shared last name has always made me feel a connection to her, much like she feels with the poet Jack Gilbert. Her book Big Magic changed my life and I think about its wisdom on creative living almost daily. Her podcast Magic Lessons is a continuation of that wisdom, with practical applications for creative entrepreneurs in the throws of self-doubt and deep self-judgment. In this On Being podcast episode with Krista Tippet, Elizabeth separates curiosity from passion, and explores why curiosity is the only ingredient necessary for creativity:
“I think curiosity is our friend that teaches us how to become ourselves. And it’s a very gentle friend and a very forgiving friend, and a very constant one. Passion is not so constant, not so gentle, not so forgiving, and sometimes. not so available. And so, when we live in a world that has come to fetishize passion above all, there’s a great deal of pressure around that.”
The 1st-century Roman philosopher offered logical reason for overcoming worry in his letters to his young friend, Lucilius Junior. For example, he proposed that only 8% of all worries are grounded in real threats: “It is likely that some troubles will befall us; but it is not a present fact. How often has the unexpected happened! How often has the expected never come to pass! And even though it is ordained to be, what does it avail to run out to meet your suffering? You will suffer soon enough, when it arrives; so look forward meanwhile to better things.” Maria Popova of Brainpickings delivers the wisdom, as always.