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here for you: coping with the impact of covid-19 (regularly updated)

 

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Resources for Coping with COVID-19:

Offerings from Lissa ~ Embodied Heart Mind:

~Blog Posts every Friday offering reflections on radical embodied care approaches like this post on Being with Grief or Healing Intergenerational Trauma

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~Virtual Qigong/Yoga/Improvisational Movement 30-minute sessions by donation

Virtual integrative psychotherapy or wellness and embodied mindfulness coaching.

Rates and more info here. Online scheduling here (under new client tab)

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~Online Group Offerings of Embodied Play & Meditation — Forms of Care, Compassion, and Pleasure in Community
When: 7:15-8:45p EST on Mondays, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/8
Cost: $5-10 donation is greatly appreciated to support Lissa via paypal/venmo to @embodiedheartmind. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
RSVP:here

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~Online Group Offerings for One Love Sangha, a community for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and Their Comrades which will include guided meditation, check-ins, embodied practices, and dharma teachings
When: 7:30-9p EST on Thursdays, 4/2, 4/16, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18
Cost: $5-10 donation is greatly appreciated to support Lissa via paypal/venmo to @embodiedheartmind. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
RSVP:here

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May the rooting and grounding, the flowing and adapting qualities of trees be with you.

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Reflections from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh about practicing with difficult emotions from his book Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm:

 “It is in moments like this that we stick to our mindful breathing and gently recognize our afflictions, whether anger, frustration, or fear. Suppose we are feeling worry or anxiety. We practice, ‘Breathing in, I know that anxiety is in me. Breathing out, I smile to my anxiety.’

Maybe you have a habit of worrying. Even if you know it’s neither necessary nor useful, you still worry. You’d like to ban worry and get rid of it, because you know that when you worry you can’t get in touch with the wonders of life and you can’t be happy. So you get angry at your worry; you don’t want it. But worry is a part of you, and that’s why when your worry comes up, you have to know how to handle it tenderly and peacefully.

You can do it if you have the energy of mindfulness. You cultivate the energy of mindfulness with mindful breathing and mindful walking, and with that energy, you can recognize and tenderly embrace your worry, fear, and anger.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

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Home Practices

~Extensive List of Online Dharma and Meditation Offerings 

~ BIPOC Meditation Communities

~Tara BrachJack Kornfield: Pandemic Care, Mindfulness, Compassion Resources

~Kaira Jewel Lingo: Compassion Practice in a time of the Corona Pandemic + Article: In Times of Crisis, Draw Upon the Strength of Peace

~Ten Percent Happier Meditations & Coronavirus Sanity Guide

~Eckhart Tolle and Kim Eng Video Resources

~Iyanla Vanzant: Structured Venting Invitation & Healing White Light Meditation

~Meditation Apps such as Insight Timer or Liberate Meditation by and for BIPOC 

~Dharma Talks and Guided Meditations via Dharma Seed 

~Online Health and Fitness Classes from the YMCA

~Online Trauma Sensitive Yoga Classes by donation

~Music/dance parties: 4/4 4pm PDT – DJ D-Nice on IG live

~Global Meditation 4/4 1045pm EDT

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Home Retreat

Reflections on Creating a Home Retreat article by Dharma Teacher Jack Kornfield

In the article, Jack Kornfield shares how to set up a schedule for a home retreat and offers a number of online resources one can use for the retreat. He writes: “The purpose of a retreat is to follow a formal rhythm of practice that allows you to center yourself, tend your body, quiet your mind, see the present circumstances with clarity and freedom, and open your heart…Though initially a home retreat may feel unfamiliar or hard, you will gradually find yourself settling in and feeling grateful for the rewards. Now is the perfect time to draw on the inner strength of meditation and deepen your capacity to live amidst it all with awareness and compassion.”

In addition to the resources for home retreat offered by Kornfield, perhaps you may resonate with Soto Zen Teacher Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s Finding Sanctuary— A Self-Paced Retreat Guidance. 

“What happens to a hurt people? We forget that we are butterflies bearing up in the wild winds. We forget that we are tender from the suffering.”~ Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Take amazing care of yourselves where it hurts, where there’s fear, where there’s anger, grief, uncertainty, despair, loneliness, scarcity… and know that you are not alone.

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Wellness Resources

~Crisis Text Line (Text HOME to 741741 if in crisis)

~Mental Health and Self-Care Kit with Crisis Hotline information by Bokyung Kim

~Recommendations on navigating physical distancing from the American Psychological Association, from Dr. Goldberg, a psychiatrist, and from Dr. Stephen Porges via video 

~Explaining Covid-19 to Children document

~That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief article by Scott Berinato

~NAMI offers many mental health resources and virtual support groups

~Managing Stress and Anxiety Recommendations by the CDC

~Virtual AA Meetings 

~While at Home tool, resources, and supports

~Spiritual Tools to Relieve Anxiety About the Coronavirus article by Gabby Bernstein 

~Video: How to Attend to Intergenerational Fatigue by Shirley Turcotte

~Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping app 

~Shaking qigong video to release stress and circulate energy by Kim Eng

~COVID-19 Immune & Respiratory Herbs Resource

~An Herbalist’s Reflections and Recommendations

~DIY face mask instructions + video (both no sewing) 

~A letter from the virus, a video by Darinka Montico

~Rick Hanson on Resilience

~Brene Brown’s podcast

~Music playlists for example DJ D-Nice’s Homeschool playlist & parties, Tom Schnabel’s Music for Troubled Times playlists, and Emily King’s So Fresh and So Clean playlist 

~23rd Psalm song by Bobby McFerrin and friends

~Jai uttal psalm song

~Snatam Kaur song: The Angels are Listening

~Alvin Ailey live performances

~Coloring Coronavirus Reward Stickers by Gemma Carroll

~Free Resources for Schools

~Free E-books from North Atlantic Books

~Free books via Audible, Libby app, Scribd

~Lists of free resources from NPR & Chatterpack 

~Free Coursera courses including The Science of Wellbeing via Yale

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Collective Care Resources

~Free Resources for HealthCare Providers + 10% happier, headspace, tapping solution free subscriptions for healthcare professionals

~Resources for HealthCare Providers with Covid-19

~COVID-19 Resource Document for HealthCare Providers

~COVID-19 Resources for Mental Health Providers

~Covid-19 healthcare workers’ Facebook group 

~NYC COVID Worker Care Network & Support Group for Medical Providers

~Managing Health and Nutrition NeedsVisit 211 for assistance with finding food, paying housing bills, and other essential services

~PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic Video

~Resources for Domestic Violence & Abuse Victims and Survivors in NYC and nationally

~Collective Care: Resource List by Cindy Milstein & Covid-19 Mutual Aid List

~Additional Resources by adrienne maree browngenerative somatics 

~How To Get On: A self-advocacy guide for folx with disabilities

~A Disability Centered Response to Covid-19

~Queer & Trans Resources in the Time of Covid-19 web site by Max Zev Reynolds

~Know Your Rights Guide for Trans & Non-binary Folx by TLDEF

~Resources for Challenging Times from the Gender Spectrum

~Covid-19 Sex Worker Harm Reduction Resources

~COVID-19 Resources & Healthcare Access for Undocumented Communities

~~Tips for Countering Stigma and Racism and Stop AAPI Hate Incident Report Forms for COVID-19 related hate crimes towards Asian American and Pacific Islander folx

~COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

~Anti-Oppressive/Anti-Racist Home School Options During Quarantine

~Resources for Educators and Families

~Decolonizing Community Care by Jade Begay

~COVID-19 Decarceral Guidelines by The Justice Collaborative

~COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources & Freelanders’ Relief Fund

~COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses

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***This list will be updated regularly to continue to be a source of support for you.

May you be well

May you be happy, peaceful, and at ease

May you be safe, free from inner and outer harm

May you be free from suffering

With love, 

lissa

In closing, I wish you love song from Miumiu: