Happy Pandemic! Here in Chicago, we're still celebrating by sheltering-in-place for another month. I actually love all this time to myself and Little Mia doesn't want this to end. As the most gregarious of the lone wolves, I'm quite content with moments of video and distant socializing, and spending most of my time alone getting so much done. Yet! Either I need to structure my time better or make the days longer 'cuz there's still so much to do.
That being said, many of us suffer from what I call "King Lear Syndrome" which is the anxiety of feeling pressure to create a masterpiece like King Lear while self quarantining. Shakespeare apparently wrote King Lear while sheltering-in-place during the plague of his time. Good for Shakespeare. I'm not Shakespeare. I'm Mia Chanmi Park (in this lifetime) and I'm doing my best to listen to my Deep Self and understand what most integrates me.
This is responding. Taking the time to go inwards, pause, and listen to what my inner Guide is telling me. She's there all the time, patiently waiting for me to quiet my over-identifying ego and over-active monkey mind. I access Deep stillness in drops, and with each moment of merging with my deeper self, I'm better at responding to life instead of reacting without awareness.
I've spent most of my life reacting strongly, usually from a place of self defense. If you really know me, you know what an abrasive hot head I can be. I'm not unique, most of us react from our superficial minds. I'm fascinated with how people internalize the outer world and how they respond. So, I'm beginning a live video series called "In Response: Interviews with Intriguing Internalizers". I'm interviewing interesting people I know from all walks of life around the globe about how they internally respond to the outside world. "Internalizers" are thoughtful, creative, spiritual, sensitive thinkers and feelers who internally process life in a rich, unique way.
Interviewees include a Spanish Taiji teacher in Shanghai, a Korean-American playwrite and professor in Karachi, a saxophonist in New Zealand, a former sex worker in Chicago, and more super cool people I'm grateful to call friends. I'm interviewing very cool humans that I already have a connection with. This will be a blast and we'll learn something about ourselves along the way.
Live interviews will be steamed on my Facebook page, then uploaded to my YouTube channel, so make sure to Like ye old FB page and Subscribe to yonder YouTube channel so you don't miss an episode. Let me know if you'd like to be interviewed and let's chat about it.
Please remember to be extra kind to yourself, life is weird as shit right now for everyone. Pressure pushes our defaults to the surface. If you want to work on making your dysfunctional defaults functional, please be gentle and remember that even a 1% daily improvement reaps huge benefits.
In response to the rising stress levels due to the Covid19 pandemic, I led daily, complimentary, yoga sleep/deep relaxation practices for 30 days. These recordings are indefinitely on my Facebook page. I hope these practices benefit you. It's a crazy ride we're on and, yes, we really are in this, together. Tell me what's going on wtichoo. Peace.
And there I am in the #AllInIllinois campaign doing Trikonasan, a fun yoga pose.