Here and Now #1: Finding a little calm in uncertain times 💙

Dear friend,

How are you? And how are you holding up during these uncertain times?

Next month marks two years since I published a personal blog post and sent out my last newsletter. But lately, like so many others, I’ve felt compelled to share things that I hope will be of help during this crisis and beyond — or, at least, things that I hope will bring you a brief moment of comfort and calm.

I am more grateful now than ever to be a writer for the meditation app Calm. Over the past three years, I’ve written nearly twenty travel-inspired Sleep Stories, which are like beautifully narrated bedtime tales for grown-ups. 

My newest story, Ancient Paths of Anatolia, was narrated by Nigerian-English actor Chiké Okonkwo and was just released a few weeks ago.

But that’s not what I’m most excited to share with you today.  

Last week, I loved seeing that Calm put together a special page of free mindfulness resources to help us navigate this unprecedented situation.

The page includes:

  • Timely guided meditations by Tamara Levitt

  • A masterclass on creativity by Elizabeth Gilbert 

  • Two Sleep Stories by Chris Advansun

  • Music and nature soundscapes (including two of my personal favorites, “Healing Piano” and “Rain on Leaves”)

  • Themed journals and more. 

The resources are aptly titled Take a Deep Breath, and I hope they bring you a little more peace in the coming weeks and months.

May you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe!

Be well,

Free mindfulness resources from Calm

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