by Karen An-hwei Lee
What do you do to #BeatTheBlues, to rise from the depths of darkness and keep going with all your might?
What do I do? Offerings of praise, even the smallest acts of grace like watering the garden and pulling weeds – with a dose of gratitude for the flourishing lavender, rosemary, feathergrass, and fruit trees. Baking a big loaf of lemon poppy seed bread and sharing it with friends.
Seeing the truth beyond ourselves and embracing it with humility.
Focusing on every sound I hear, trying to be content in stillness: finches fussing in the scarlet trumpet honeysuckle, cicadas and fig beetles in flight, warring hummingbirds, a faraway motorboat.
How do you keep your momentum despite any surrounding distractions?
Reverse engineer your heart.
Over a decade ago, I chose not to replace my television set after it burned out. I put a lovely glass lamp on the spot where it sat, where the television’s absence yielded a space for light and reflection.