As we all adapt to this extraordinary chapter in modern history, I feel compelled to share some inspirational and hopeful perspectives, poems and recipes with you. Re-discovering comforting food, soothing connection and meaningful moments is essential.
I don't know about you, but I can’t remember a time in my life when I was forced to slow down and be so still. Of course this can be a wonderful thing but also quite uncomfortable at times if you tend to be as scheduled and busy as I tend to be. Instead, I’m doing my best to check in with myself and stay connected with loved ones through Facetime, Zoom and email. It’s clear to me, and I’m sure to many of you, that connection takes on a brand-new meaning when we are sequestered in our own homes. On behalf of my associate, Jen Davis and I, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. And may this newsletter bring you a touch of love, hope and comfort.
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Integrating Your Inner Child into Quarantine
1. Allow yourself to be BORED. There is so much beauty in boredom; it is the liminal space between the old and new!
What’s Right with the World
This TedTalk offers you 18 minutes of inspiration and beauty, and I suggest you make yourself a cup of hot tea and savor this visceral experience.
Carmen’s Lentil Soup
My friend and former roommate, Carmen shared this simple and delicious recipe for lentil soup back in the mid-90s before she moved back to Barcelona, and it’s super easy and one of my favorite comfort foods. Don’t forget to soak the lentils overnight so they are ready the next day. I tend to add more carrots and celery than the recipe calls for and I cook it longer than 20 minutes until it becomes more cohesive. Enjoy!
Let It Be
When I find myself in times of trouble
Be safe and well,
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About Andrew Susskind
Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP is
a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Group Psychotherapist
Jen Davis, M.A. is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the following areas: addictions, depression and anxiety, the psychology of women, unblocking creativity, living with grief, and trauma.
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