“Normal” is a word we’ve been hearing a lot of in the past few months. Early in the spring, people were forced to navigate a “new normal.” And now that we’ve done that, we’re all wondering when, if ever, things will go back to “normal.”
But really, 2020 has taught us that normal needs to be wherever we are, right now. Things will never be exactly the same as they used to be. The question, then, is how do we make the best of the moments—normal or not—that we’re in right now? How do we make use of the present, so the future has a shot at being better?
Do you feel worse now than you did in the early months of lockdown? You’re not alone. When stay-at-home orders were first put in place and the bad news just kept coming, a lot of people were operating on short-term adrenaline brought on by survival instincts. But seven months in, that adrenaline might be starting to run out.
Author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer taps into traditions of meditation and mindfulness to show how we can focus on our present moments, and let go of painful thoughts and memories. Singer teaches how focusing on the present can break limitations and allow you to focus your energy to form new, better habits.
Now that so many people are working from home—and likely will be for the foreseeable future—the boundaries between our work and our personal lives are more blurred than ever. That’s why it’s more important than ever to take set breaks.
New Orleans teacher Rahn Broady wants his students to be more informed about nature, how we grow the food we eat, and the impact humans have on the environment. But garden class is about more than just identifying plants. It’s a place for students, particularly students of color, to heal from trauma.
Think about what you’ve felt thankful for lately. What things have brought moments of joy to your day? Did you take those moments for granted in the past? Americans are noticing that the moments that have brought them joy in 2020 are seemingly small, day-to-day things—like hugging a loved one, or taking that first sip of their morning coffee.
Friendship feels a little different now, even before the pandemic made it harder to see our loved ones in person. Social media and video-calling have made it easier to maintain long-distance friendships, but these same technologies have taken on a whole new significance when they’re our only options.
Tracy Murray has been a teacher for almost 30 years, and in recent years she’s seen a significant shift in how society—and the education system in particular—view and interact with children on the autism spectrum. Her kindergarten class is part of New York City’s ASD Nest program, which puts the focus on meeting students where they are.
2018 Novel by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett & Wendy W. Williams
Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her whole career advocating for the rights of women, and as we mourn her loss, we’re looking to her enormous catalog of writing to learn how we can continue to advocate for those who need it most.
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