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"The past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus

Inspiration for Overthinkers

September 28 · Issue #37 · View online
Tackling stress and anxiety, one experiment at a time.

“The past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” ― Virginia Woolf’s diary, 1925-1930

Dear fellow BVs,
I haven’t made sense of yesterday’s Supreme Court hearings. Is the shape of the known world changing, or are we circling back to a place we’ve been before?
Three Woman, One Man, One Knot Three Woman, One Man, One Knot
We can’t know yet. Thinking we can immediately understand the impact of Dr. Ford’s testimony is a fallacy, the chaotic logic of an instantaneous news cycle. Instead, I’m revisiting the past to remember what I learned in other, similar moments. I’m writing this to you to convince myself: Let’s give ourselves time.
I wear my dad's watch most days.
I wear my dad's watch most days.
If you’ve ever lost someone you love, you know that pain changes over time. It’s one of the many lessons I learned as my father’s Alzheimer’s disease progressed. Though I still miss my father every day, time has brought more subtle emotions to the surface. One of those is an acceptance of impermanence. The world is always changing. Over time, I’ve been lucky to find safety in the realization that love is constant.
It’s hard to be patient when facing people who are cruel and selfish. It feels counterintuitive. How can space and time possibly address injustice? I don’t know that, but I do know this: You can’t fight injustice if you aren’t taking care of yourself.
What I want most for us all, dear beautiful voyagers, is that we are strong for the fight.
Love, Meredith
Love, Meredith
Three Ways to Take Care of Yourself
  1. Move. Get to know your body by trying something new. Start by letting your phone die.
  2. Breathe. Experiment with a new breathing technique.
  3. Mind games. Try to help your brain with this very simple technique.
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