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WHAT TO DO DURING A QUARANTINE

Recognize that it's a new world. Expect things to be different from now on.


Consume less news. Morning, early evening, twenty minutes.


Realize that many answers are not out there in the world.


Instead, inquire within.


Notice fear, doubt, worry.


Tune to breathing.


Wiggle toes. Open mouth wide. Feel jaw stretching.


Remember body. Discover it. Yoga, running, qigong, Tai Chi, Pilates.

Spend time in silence walking in forest. Get up close to a tree. Gaze right at the detail of its bark. Sense into the fact that this is a living "thing", and that its vibration can be felt.

Feel how different it is. And that it spent last night right here while you slept in your bed.

Although you cannot decipher its language, accept that it is in communication with the other trees.


Breathe in deeply through your nostrils. Breathe out deeply through the nostrils. Do that again.

Bow to the tree with a conscious recognition of its contribution to you.

Look around at all the other trees. Gaze up into their canopy. If the air is still, lean into the silence hovering in the air. Spend minutes at a time with your eyelids closed, even as you keep your senses tuned to the feeling of Presence all around you.


If you don't know what I'm talking about, that's okay. You can learn, if you want to.


But, do recognize the majesty of the forest.


During this Corona Pause, take stock of how much time you have on your hands. Take stock that you have hands. Take stock that the world hasn't ended, and that all the planets continue to orbit around our central Sun. Plus, our Moon is still up there at night.


Take stock of what you might do as things "open up" again. Remember that this is the way your life is working out so far. Recognize that it's always "so far". That's there's never a final point in this life, unless we want to define your leaving of this current body as a "final point".


But, anyway, it doesn't matter. We won't get hung up in philosophy when the air is so pregnant with scintillating possibilities. And you are standing on the surface of your home planet (which is somewhere in the Milky Way) that is spinning round and round like those whirling dervishes. And you never get dizzy! And never fall off!

Incredible!


"If you're not in awe, you must not be paying attention!"


Even though this initial blog post may not be shiny and polished, still there is the option for you to enjoy yourself immensely today. For this day to be your best day so far in 2020. Or one of the top 5!

Consider it!


Meanwhile though, be careful about who you kiss. Wash your hands a lot. Don't touch your face.

Six feet. Remember the mask.


And, as Wavy Gravy once shared, "If you don't have a sense of humor, it just isn't funny."


See you soon!

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JEFFREY STARBUCK

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