March 2020 Weekly Wellness Recap

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"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine." - R.E.M. It's the End of the World

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No doubt we live in strange times. Stressful times. Divided times. Unprecedented times. Someday it feels like the end of the world. But it's not. It's the end of the world as we know it. Once we know the world, feel like we've got a handle on things, get a few things figured out... it'll change. The world will transform, become something different, unknown, unpredictable, and also beautiful, right under our feet. The world, as we know it, will change, and end. Rinse and repeat. As inevitable as the sun rises. Might as well feel fine.

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"Look at the stars, look how they shine for you." - Coldplay, Yellow

🎧 Listen with me: We're all the center of our own little universe. All our decisions influenced by the sliver of life that we've uniquely experienced. Those stars, they shine for you. You're the witness. You're the one receiving their star light in that exact moment, from that exact place in space and time. The stars shine for me too. From my perspective, in that singular moment too. And they shine for my neighbor, my friends, my family, everyone I've met and will meet. They even shine for those I distrust or dislike. We are bound together by the interconnections of our personal universes. Experiencing the same light, but from countless iterations and variances. They shine for you. And me. And all. - - - "Cuz it's a bittersweet symphony, this life" - The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony 🎧 Listen with me:

Life's moments are beautiful, inspiring, amazing. They can also be ugly, sorrowful, and challenging. Chaos and order. Love and indifference. Health and illness. Soaring crescendos, and spiraling decrescendos. With the COVID-19 outbreak, our coming weeks and months will be a symphony of quelling panic, logistical hurdles, and bank account hits. But the symphony plays on, sometimes bittersweetly.

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"This thing (this thing) Called love (called love) ... It shakes all over like a jelly fish I kinda like it Crazy little thing called love" - Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love

🎧 Listen with me: Love inspires art, music, invention, and innovation. Makes the whole world go round. Brings out the very best in us. With this pandemic, I think we could all use a boost of love. That crazy little thing called love will get us through crazy little times like now. Remember to reach out (not with hands, but with hearts). Connect, share, give, and love however you can, whenever you can, as often as you can.

- - - "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." - John Wooden Life is full of twists and turns and potholes we never saw coming. You'd think we'd learn to anticipate the unexpected. But, nope. It's hard to see our path ahead when there are so many blind corners. It's hard to feel secure when there are so many factors out of our control. The one thing we've got though, despite any turmoil or downturn, is if we choose to make the best of it. If we practice gratitude for what we've got and how we got it, even if it's not exactly what and when we want it. This week, let's decide to make the best of how things are. Keep our hands on the wheel, despite the potholes.

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Hey there! My name's Raechel. I'm the author of The Bodies We Live In blog. I'm also a licensed massage therapist and owner of Massage Sci in Holland, Michigan.


In my free time, I enjoy writing about wellness; researching pain science; trying to grow things in my garden; being far too fond of semi-colons; and avid sci-fi nerding.