Category: Presence

Life Will Never Be The Same–What Do I Do About It?

Maude in mask and fog

How am I coping? How are you coping? The information, the news, the images and statistics just keeping coming and changing, and my head is often swirling. As Phil shared last week, we always write from our direct experience of what is happening and how this affects us individually and in our relationships.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

Books on shelf

We’ve been asking our readers how they have been coping with the pandemic, and this week, we published the third and final selection. We’ve checked online, too, and here are some more views on how people are managing.
Quarantine has changed us — and it’s not all bad “But the pandemic has changed us.
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Imagine It’s Already A New Day

Masked child

This is the last of our series on how people are coping during these challenging times. We’ve been very moved and inspired by all the contributions and we know you will be too.
–ooOOoo–
I’m not having an easy time compartmentalizing this seemingly endless shitstorm of chaos, so my ability to breathe deeply, refresh my spirit and feel peaceful is admittedly fleeting.
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Books on shelf

This week, we wrote about how to transcend today’s turmoil with inner peace, and we have found some very interesting articles that complement ours and have a range of approaches.
Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil “As a theologian and ethicist, my research focuses particu­larly on how people find meaning and purpose in their existence.
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How to Transcend Today’s Turmoil with Inner Peace

Lotus pads on pond

PHIL: Welcome to the changed world. Buckle up; it’s currently a wild dystopian ride. The only way to enjoy it is to let go of any hope of earth returning to the way it was and find fascination and joy at the unfolding of events.
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Look At The Good As Well As The Bad And The Ugly

Peonies

You don’t need us to remind you of the grim state of the world. We are suffering one blow after another.
Climate change seems to be an unstoppable monster clawing deeper and deeper into our planet. Zombie fires in the arctic are erupting from peat that smoldered underground through the winter.
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In this week’s blog, we wrote about the dance of grief and joy we are all experiencing. It is important to be in touch with our feelings and to be present with them. This doesn’t mean we should wallow in our losses, but rather acknowledge the sadness and grief, while at the same time feeling the joy and beauty around us.
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The Dance of Grief and Joy

Two women talking

MAUDE: On a zoom call yesterday, a woman shared her feelings of grief. I realized it is an aspect of coping with this time in all our lives, that we haven’t yet blogged about. She was experiencing the loss of a loved one and shared with us how she was coping with this by being present with all her feelings including her grief.
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In this week’s blog, we wrote about how our connections with community have changed as a result of the stay-at-home orders. We found some interesting articles around this subject.
Helping Others Can Help You Cope with Lockdown “Our first instinct may be to hunker down and protect ourselves and our immediate families.
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Community in the Year of the Virus

Social Distancing Group

For us, connections with others are an important part of our lives, and we’ve been made freshly aware of that because the stay-at-home regime has stopped us from meeting face-to-face with people. No more walks, meals or movies with friends. No more meetings of our writing group.
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