I don’t know about you but I have a brain that just doesn’t shut down. I have discovered a few ways to help quiet it down:
- meditation — there are several methods. What works for me is to allow my mind to go wherever it wants to go for 10 to 20 minutes.
- journaling — moving it from my brain to paper is very effective
- talk ideas/concerns/frustrations through with someone else
- walk or exercise
- read a novel
- play time or quiet time with your pet
- a good film
- listen to music
- focus on positive thoughts
- volunteer work
So long as you do not judge me, I’ll tell you where my crazy thoughts go when unmonitored or bridled:
- Trump and the damage he has done (continues to do) to the world
- In some ways I am more concerned with those who believe Trump’s rhetoric and support him.
- people who disappoint
- family that claim that they want nothing to do with me because of my politics. I know it has more to do with the fact that I stand by my truth. Oh how I wish I could name names.
- climate change and what we are doing to our planet
- people who do not recycle or pick up their dog shit
- people who live in my building and refuse to pay their condo fees . . . and get away with it
- arthritis in my shoulders
- prostate (especially at 3:00 a.m.)
- what happend at the Capital this week kept me up all night
You can see why I would rather stay focused on positive thoughts. I imagine you might have similar demons.
Tasting Page piece (click for article) — 17 Ways . . .
I’ve been thinking about where I intend to go with my blog in 2021. I tend to mix it up: lessons I’ve learned, past experiences, and fictional stories. If you can let me know if you have a preference, I would appreciate it.
I was interviewed by Agatha Khishchenko, a podcaster out of Brooklyn (on Spotify); check it out here:
A couple of corrections: my first professional position at Hofstra University was Coordinator of Student Activities in Residence Life (not Director as I stated in the interview). Also, I taught classes at Hofstra and Marymount Manhattan College (not NYU where I did my Ph.D.). I want to make sure my answers are correct.