Reflections and Inspiration
Whether it’s just sitting and taking a few moments to feel gratitude, reading a favourite poem or prayer, or listening to the inspirational words of someone you admire, taking time to reflect on the things that make you feel happy and joyful can be great food for your soul.
In his blog, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz shares his thoughts on how we might be able to spiritually cope with the uncertain reality that the coronavirus pandemic has rapidly spread across the world.
Click www.blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-rabbis-prescription-for-the-coronavirus to access.
Having a daily gratitude practice helps you stay positive and has fantastic benefits for your mental wellbeing. Try these 25 simple ways to practice gratitude from the Chopra Center.
Click www.chopra.com/articles/25-simple-ways-to-practice-gratitude to access.
Immerse yourself in this wonderful collection of stories of kindness and wonder from around the world involving pandas, billionaires, musicians in cars, and food heroes reaching out to the vulnerable during the pandemic.
Click www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/10/coronavirus-good-news-upside-blessings-covid-positive to access.
‘These are the Hands’ was a poem that Michael Rosen wrote in 2008 to celebrate 60 years of the NHS. In this clip, BBC presenter Sophie Raworth reads aloud the poem which resonates even more during these challenging times. The poem is published in These Are The Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS. All proceeds from the book will go to the NHS Charities Covid Appeal.
Click www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/52137858/these-are-the-hands-by-michael-rosen-poem-read-by-sophie-raworth to access.
The Mental Health Foundation has some useful tips to help us whilst we are in lockdown. Whilst it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.
Click www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak to access.
If you want to get your regular fill of uplifting and inspiring news, visit the Positive News website as often as you can.
Click www.positive.news to access.
What can we learn from the great thinkers and leaders to help us during this difficult time? Get inspired by quotes from Sir Winston Churchill and the Dalai Lama, amongst many others in this article.
Click www.motivationalwellbeing.com/21-inspirational-quotes-for-difficult-times.html to access.
If you are self isolating and unable to leave your home, there are many ways you can still feel the health benefits of nature and help birds and animals to thrive.
Click www.positive.news/lifestyle/10-ways-to-connect-with-nature-without-leaving-your-home-this-spring to access.
Deliveroo, the takeaway delivery service, and the charity Missing People have joined forces during the lockdown and this partnership has already bought joy to devastated families.
Click www.therooftop.news/2020/04/07/deliveroo-and-missing-people-join-forces to access.
We have learnt that, amidst the fear of coronavirus, there is also community, support and hope. The Mental Health Foundation has shared some wonderful ways we can show ‘random acts of kindness’ towards those we love and care for and people in the wider community.
Click www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/random-acts-kindness to access.
Watch this wonderful TED talk from resilience expert, Dr Lucy Hone, on the three strategies that got her through an unimaginable personal tragedy.
Bitesize Resilience is perfect for anyone who needs help surviving crises. With a wealth of experience managing crisis situations, both in her work and personal life, Rabbi Laura provides practical strategies and daily wisdom to help you flourish in the face of adversity. You can buy it for Kindle on Amazon or get it for free with Kindle Unlimited.
Not knowing what the future holds can lead to feelings of insecurity. In this article, author Kira M. Newman explores a number of different practices to help us get through difficult periods and develop our inner resilience.
Click here: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_science_backed_strategies_to_build_resilience
The helpful folk at the Mindfulness Association have compiled a great selection of online courses and resources to help improve mindfulness and tap into positive energy. What’s more, their growing library of poetry, from a range of different writers, is a great way to get inspired. Read either by yourself, or with a friend or relative.
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