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16 March 2020
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Hello Kind Living Friends!

Understandably, many of us are confused by and nervous about the coronavirus pandemic. In times like these, it is natural for our in-built negativity bias to kick in.

And while it's true that as humans we tend to dwell on negative things, we can actively take steps to overcome this. The article linked above suggests four things:
  • Stop Negative Self-Talk
  • Reframe the Situation
  • Establish New Patterns
  • Savor Positive Moments
For the purpose of this message, I encourage all of us to take extra time this week to savor the positive moments in our lives. Catch yourself having an enjoyable conversation, eating something you love, appreciating something from nature, reading a book, watching a TV show, etc.

When you do catch yourself, stop and savor the moment. Take a deep breath and in your mind express gratitude for the moment you are having. For bonus points, tell someone about it.

We're having stories and statistics thrust at us that may cause us to retreat into fear. When that happens, mindfully work to balance those by focusing on the positive.

As my four stanza series of haikus above suggests, the cosmos listens and responds. Have it respond to your positivity. We all benefit.



PS - Here are some good articles that help us focus on positive responses to the coronavirus. It's good to read stories like these as a counterpoint to the negative and fear-based stories dominating the media:


If you've never used online video or participated in a webinar, or you want to simply connect with a few other people this week from home, I invite you to join well-being expert Katie Elliott in the UK and me on the Zoom video-conference platform.

Given many of us are needing to work or study from home due to the coronavirus, Katie and I will help you experience and understand things you can do to get the most from connecting with others via online video. 

We're hosting two sessions this week, the first being tomorrow, the 17th, from 10-11 am PDT and the second on Thursday, the 19th, from 3-4 pm PDT.

If you're interested in participating, especially if this style of communication is new to you, please reach out. I'll guide you through the process. To express your interest, simply reply to this email to let me know. To get started on your own, create an account on Zoom

Of relevance, Katie and I have become good friends and colleagues on Zoom, having never met in person. We first connected online a year ago when Katie interviewed me for her podcast. You can listen to our conversation here.
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