Here we are again
and somehow lockdown in winter is so much harder...
So we’ve been sharing some great ways to stay sane,
stay connected and see this through.
Few life skills are as neglected, yet as important, as the ability to remain calm. Our very worst decisions and interactions are almost invariably the result of a loss of calm – and a descent into anxiety and agitation. Surprisingly, but very fortunately, our power to remain calm can be rehearsed and improved.
We don't have to remain where we are now: our responses to everyday challenges can dramatically alter. We can educate ourselves in the art of remaining calm not through slow breathing or special teas but through thinking. This is a class that patiently unpacks the causes of our greatest stresses and gives us a succession of highly persuasive, beautiful and sometimes dryly comic arguments with which to defend ourselves against panic and fury.
Slay the dragon of self-judgement. It’s a paradox that we need to have good judgement for so much of what we do in life and yet that organ of judgement, when turned against ourselves, is a stern gatekeeper to the land of creativity and play. Good judgement or a sense of ‘rightness’ is a way we decide if something is good or bad based around how similar it is to other good or bad things that we know. The trouble is that when we are being creative, we are making things that are new and don’t look or feel like anything that we know – and so our alarm goes off!
We might know Erykah Badu for her soul-soothing music, her songwriting and her spiritualistic style. Now, the musician adds another title to the mix—as a tech entrepreneur. Amid the many ways artists are finding to cope with the coronavirus-imposed shutdown of the live-entertainment industry, it’s safe to say that Erykah Badu has found one of the more innovative solutions with her elaborate “Quarantine Concert Series,” which is streamed live from her home in Dallas.
Fans get a full-length concert is roughly the same price for a three-minute song on iTunes. As Badu explains: “As an artist, it’s my therapy, what I do,” she said. “I wanted to create another revenue of income and you are helping me do that in a big way because this is an experiment. There’s nobody in between me and that dollar.”
It all started last year after her concerts were cancelled due to the pandemic. The Quarantine Concert Series helps bring a high-quality experience to the screen to view her genius fusion of hip hop, jazz, soul and gospel. It’s much more than your usual fuzzy livestream. This elevates the experience to another level.
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