The Commune Blog

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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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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Meeting a New Feathered Neighbor

the lab Apr 11, 2020

Every night on the property you can hear two owls. One has a deep, slow hoot — a steam engine finally pulling into the station. The other is higher pitched, questioning. We’ve never seen them, but they have pet names anyway: Bert and Ernie.

That’s the preamble... 

Now the sun is setting and 9-year-old Micah runs into the kitchen shouting, “There’s a stuffed...

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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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Why Forgive

commusings Apr 11, 2020
 

We’ve all been wronged, sometimes even by people we love. And, in the fog of betrayal, we plot our revenge. We scheme through the night, holding an ember in our hands waiting for the moment to throw it. But all this time, it is you that is getting burned. When you’re angry, you’re the one that is angry. You’re the one suffering.

There is only one answer: forgiveness....

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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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Transcending the Ego

commusings Apr 02, 2020
 

The ego incessantly tells us that we are what we do, what we have, and what others think of us. The ego operates from a place of fear and scarcity. There is another place from which to live that doesn’t see the world as separate. When we recognize and tame the ego and live from the soul, we start to operate from love and abundance. We begin to feel a sense of connection to ourselves, to...

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What is Acceptance?

the lab Aug 12, 2019

The true beauty of our community here can be summed up in that very word. Living in community allows us to grow in our connection to ourselves, to our world, and to each other — but it also comes with challenges. How do I smooth over disagreements? How do I see the other side of the situation? How do I serve the greater good, when that means denying myself? 

Surrender to the...

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