Friday? Yes, Friday.

Has it happened to you – that you’ve questioned what day it is?

It’s only been a week, with what looks like several more to come, of physical distancing in Uniontown, PA due to COVID-19 pandemic. A colleague & friend, Jennifer, said this during our online check-in meeting:

“It’s like a month’s worth of communication has come down in one week …”


This afternoon, I participated in a well-being webinar for 4-H professionals, & the moderators asked “How are you feeling?” The answers were placed in a collage based on the number of times the feelings were mentioned … What did people say?




Those were the big 3 words in the collage, with riffs on those feelings in smaller font.

And I continue to hear the economic drumbeat to “keep going,” “find a new normal,” “make the most of your time,” etc.

And yet smart, hardworking professionals in that well-being forum clearly stated what we are collectively feeling – overwhelm, stress, anxiety. What does it say when our society brushes off the truth of human feeling in favor of “business as usual” (albeit in alternative ways)?

I don’t have answers … Heck, I have to think about what DAY it is …

I do know it’s not business as usual for me or many of my friends, family, & colleagues.

So here’s what I’ve been listening to & watching today … to support my nervous system & recalibrate my understanding:

Facing Pandemic Fears w An Awake Heart, talk & meditation practices by Tara Brach of Insight Meditation Society

Focus on the Navel Center, at-home practice w Kate Kill of The Himalayan Institute

How We Must Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic, TED Talk w Bill Gates

Oh, & daily Viparita Karani …

See previous blog post for instructions 🙂

Let me know if you check out any of these talks/practices & what you think … Also, who are you listening to that supports your mind/body right now?

Wishing you moments of deep peace … whatever day it is ;).

Published by ericaengel42

I practice & share Hatha Yoga for a simple reason -- it works. Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is a holistic system of philosophy & practices passed down through an unbroken 5,000 year lineage of Himalayan sages. What Hatha Yoga is not: trendy, bendy or one-&-done. What Hatha Yoga is: a systematic approach to uncovering the real, authentic YOU in body, mind & spirit. Hatha Yoga cultivates well-being, stability, clarity & ease in modern life through traditional, time-tested practices. I also recognize both our shared humanity & our differing privileges & barriers -- I am a cis-gendered white female with a graduate degree, who has dealt with family trauma & an eating disorder. My goals in my own practice include to cultivate awareness of my own privileges & social conditioning, unlearn & re-learn in order to be mindful & take compassionate action toward a more beautiful, just & peaceful world for ALL humans, creatures & our Earth. I'm making mistakes daily, & hopeful that I'm falling forward toward these goals & vision. I hope we can walk our paths & support each other along the way.

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