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A Return to the Local

commusings Apr 13, 2020
 

We have inevitably been forced to adapt and evolve in the face of COVID-19.

What patterns have you seen evolving? Are you learning to live with less? Are you experiencing more gratitude for what you do have? Have you gotten out of your pajamas today? (I'm personally business casual on top, bedtime jammies on the bottom ;)

We'd love to hear more about how you have been coping with this new way...

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The Key to Healing Pain & Trauma

teacher wisdom Apr 11, 2020
 

It is important to feel your feelings. 

We cannot transform that which we refuse to feel. You probably were not taught to sit with discomfort or acknowledge your pain. It's more socially acceptable to numb out than tune in. Yet the key to healing on a psychological level is connecting to those parts of ourselves that feel out of control and wild. The only way to heal is to feel and...

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The 5 Fresh Herbs We’re Drinking on the Commune (and Why)

the lab Apr 11, 2020
 
While it’s not true that drinking warm liquids will prevent coronavirus, we’ve nonetheless fallen into a routine of herbal teas here in Commune Topanga — mint in the morning, lavender at night, rosemary, sage, and thyme (yes, they make great tea!) in between. These herbs are simply bursting out of the hillsides right now, and their vibrant aliveness has suddenly made our...
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Surrender to the Wim of the Moment

the lab Apr 11, 2020

When we say honor the teacher, we mean honor their wisdom and experience. The best way to travel a land you’ve never been to before is with the humility of a stranger — and that sometimes means relying on directions and trusting the process.

So when Wim Hof stopped by and decided to throw an impromptu “BYOI” party (Bring Your Own Ice), it was an exercise in surrender....

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Homemade Masks and Revisiting the 3 Rs

the lab Apr 11, 2020
 
When I filmed Julia making a homemade face mask this weekend, my intention was to write a DIY post. But as I watched her discuss her materials (an old sheet, leftover jewelry wire, thick elastic cut thin enough to use), another angle emerged. 

We have entered an era where the CDC is posting articles on how to make your own mask and videos with the U.S. Surgeon General in full dress...

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A Simple Game to Rekindle Your Dinner Conversation

the lab Apr 11, 2020

Rose, Bud, Thorn is a nightly conversation game I learned as a summer camp counselor years ago. Surprisingly, it has become a big hit here in Commune Topanga quarantine. Every night Jeff and Schuyler’s daughters insist we play — maybe because they want to head off any talk of statistics and politics, but, I have come to suspect, because they crave the healing hidden in the game.

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Why We Gather

the lab Apr 11, 2020
Nearly 30% of all millennials self-identify as religiously disaffiliated, subscribing to no institutional religion. While many churches provide community, an infrastructure for charity and a place of spiritual refuge and worship, institutional religion has turned off many young people through scandal and social policy that seems to lag behind the times. We explored this idea in depth in...
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The Best Ways to Bolster Your Immune System

commusings Apr 11, 2020
 

There are quite a few behaviors that we can engage in (right now!) to bolster our immune system. Things ranging from utilizing apple cider vinegar, meditating more, getting ample sunlight, and limiting sugar, alcohol and caffeine intake. 

Bolstering our immune system is integral not only for our own personal health, but for our families, our communities and our society at large.

Stay safe,...

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Love in the Time of Corona

commusings Apr 11, 2020
 

In times of collective grief and crisis, we are called to naturally do what we were born to do: to connect and give each other comfort. The irony is, as much as we want to hold each other now, we can’t. The best way to take care of each other is to physically separate. 

Here’s a simple Metta meditation that I have been practicing to send love and comfort to those I love...

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Corona: The Virality of the Meme

commusings Apr 11, 2020
 

Is COVID 19, the meme, more replicative than COVID 19, the virus? 

The very idea of COVID-19 has precipitated an unprecedented shift in global behavior: quarantines, cessation of travel, remote work, personal hygiene, a return to the local, more cooking, less driving, more family time. 

It’s not like the world wasn’t already suffering from a variety of large-scale...

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