Day 41: Take a Deep Breath

Take a deep breath. Or two.

DAY 41 ACTION: Take steps to reduce stress. We need to stay healthy, to be active members in our communities and strong advocates for what is right and decent.

Student meditating at Robert Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore. In the year after the school introduced meditation, there were zero suspensions. Credit: Holistic Life Foundation.

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private; and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” C.S. Lewis

There is plenty to get angry about this week. Trump’s joint address to Congress last night was dark and rambling. This week, he plans to issue a new version of the Muslim ban and roll back important public health protections. A White House draft budget proposes to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and many programs at EPA and the Justice Department, while Paul Ryan proposes slashing Medicaid and other entitlement programs. Meanwhile, anxiety grows in immigrant communities over aggressive deportation policies.

According to a February poll, two-thirds of Americans are stressed about the future of our nation (76% of Democrats, and 59% of Republicans). While this may not be surprising, it is concerning. Stress can affect your health in a number of ways.

So today, take a few minutes to learn new breathing exercises.  

**If you have 5 – 19 minutes, try one of these guided meditations from UCLA. They are available in Spanish and English.**

Today’s Action: Take a few minutes to unplug and sit quietly. Breathe, think, pray, meditate – your choice – whatever helps you relax.


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