Weekly Motivation and Presence Practice #1

Welcome to our new series, our Weekly Motivation and Presence Practice. Every week we bring you tips and methods to renew your motivation and practice being present so that you are ready to build a life around your values.

In the Summer of COVID-19 and Social Protest, it can be easy to forget what day it is. We get very little good news, we become aware of more injustices every day, and we face uncertainty about our future.

Some of us are working, and some of us have lost income streams.

Others are in school, or homeschooling children.

Some of us are working towards personal goals, and some of us are relaxing.

Others are caregivers, devoting time to helping friends, family, and even strangers.

Then there are some of us aren’t quite sure what to do with ourselves.

With the world changing so rapidly around us, these can be stressful and confusing times.

Woman overwhelmed and lying on a bed facing the camera
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A Little Help

Today we are starting a weekly presence practice. On Wednesdays, we will provide you with something to motivate you and an idea to help you practice being present. These will cover exploring with the senses, tips for how to be present while also being productive, and more. We encourage you to set aside a few minutes of your week to do nothing but be in the moment in any way that works for you.

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Remember that it is essential to listen to your mind and body: some days, you might want to stretch your practice to ten minutes or more. Other days, you might want to keep it to a quick minute or two. You might have days when practicing being present completely slips your mind. Go at your own pace, do what works for you, be patient with yourself, and celebrate your successes along the way.

Woman relaxing on a balcony with a coconut drink
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Keep reading for how you can practice being present this week, then get ready to take action with a dose of motivation.

Presence Practice: Savor a Peach*

Fans of stone fruits (a.k.a. drupes) rejoice: we are in the midst of peach season! Now is the prime time to pick out your perfect peach and enjoy the luscious deliciousness within.

Take in the beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows blending together on your peach. Notice the unique shape of your peach: follow its curves and its dips, is it symmetrical or does one side push out a little more? Feel the soft fuzz on the outside, savor the juicy goodness on the inside. There’s no rush; take your time. How much joy can you get from your peach?

Baskets of peaches at a farmer's market
Photo by Kateryna T on Unsplash

Check out the Health Benefits of Peaches: A Delicious Summer Fruit from Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, and try these peach recipes from the Georgia Peach Council.

*Please remember that if you are allergic to or otherwise cannot engage with anything we recommend in any section, you should NOT touch, taste, smell, or do it. Find a different sense source that will bring you joy this week (and not a bad reaction).

Get Motivated: Listen

This post is unique because it is our first Weekly Presence Practice post, so it is a bit longer than it will usually be. It is also unique because our first Get Motivated may be a touch controversial: it is a song calling for social action that references current and not-so-distant-past protests for civil rights and addressing climate change.

At Blue Pearl Living, we honor people as unique, multi-faceted individuals who all deserve equal rights regardless of skin color, beliefs, identity, or who you love. Our differences are part of what makes this world beautiful; they should be cherished and celebrated.

We stand with social justice, an end to systemic discrimination, the right to health care and necessities for all, prison and police reform, protecting and renewing the environment, affordable housing, parental leave, free childcare and college, the end of the 40-hour workweek, and clean water and food for everyone. We stand for making the world a better place for everyone.

Men hugging wearing heart sunglasses
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“March March” by The Chicks

The Chicks’ “March March” is a powerful tribute to many important social action movements. It is reminiscent of the 1966 song by Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound)” (video), a response to the Sunset Strip curfew riots and often associated with protests of the Vietnam War.

We hope this song motivates you for social action the same way it did us. This week we will have a related post about how to support when you cannot join the protests.

Lyrics to “March March” by The Chicks

March March to my own drum
March March to my own drum
Hey hey I’m an army of one
Oh I’m an army of one
March March to my own drum
March March to my own drum
Hey hey I’m an army of one
Oh I’m an army of one

Brenda’s packin’ heat cuz she don’t like Mondays
Underpaid teacher policing the hallways
Print yourself a weapon and take it to the gun range
Ah cut the shit
You ain’t goin’ to the gun range

Standing with Emma and our sons and daughters
Watchin’ our youth have to solve our problems
I’ll follow them so who’s comin’ with me
Half of you love me
Half already hate me

March March to my own drum
March March to my own drum
Hey hey I’m an army of one
Oh I’m an army of one
March March to my own drum
March March to my own drum
Hey hey I’m an army of one
Oh I’m an army of one

Tell the ol’ boys in the white bread lobby
What they can and can’t do with their bodies
Temperatures risin’ cities are sinkin’
Ah cut the shit
You know your city is sinkin’
Lies are truth and truth is fiction
Everybody’s talkin’
Who’s gonna listen
What the hell happened in Helsinki

March March to my own drum
March March to my own drum
Hey hey I’m an army of one
Oh I’m an army of one
March March to my own drum
March March to my own drum
Hey hey I’m an army of one
Oh I’m an army of one

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