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Idealist in Action | May 29, 2020

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Lizzy Cooke

5 ways to just ‘be’ this weekend
Mindfulness tips from our readers, free mental health resources, and more

Weekly roundup of people banding together and opportunities to make a difference.
Hi there,

Let’s face it—we’ve all been through a lot lately. While it’s tempting to try and put that struggle in the back of your mind and keep yourself distracted, what if we all took a second to slow down and reflect instead?

We’re wired to thrive in quiet, still moments. It gives our brains a break, puts us in touch with our emotions, and helps us feel like ourselves again. It even brings out the best in our animal friends! Since lockdown quieted the oceans, whales are socializing better, communicating over longer distances and singing complex songs! 

I’m just starting to understand the benefits of stillness, but I’m drawing inspiration from our Idealist community and stories from around the world. That’s why I’ve rounded them up to share here—so we can all learn together. And if you’ve got stories of your own, I’d love it if you shared them with me at!

Waving from NYC,

1. “I put in my headphones and walk, moving my body and hearing music really helps me find mental feels like a reset, honestly.” - Morgan S. Gertler

2. “I allow myself to be fully present with what is. I let thoughts and feelings flow. I celebrate moments of joy and gratitude along with moments of suffering and grief. I experiment and experience different practices with curiosity and courage.” - Dori Cocoros

3. “I meditate at least once a day for 15 minutes, but sometimes go 3-4 times (15-20 minutes). I usually break a session up into segments of 5 minutes and focus on something such as an affirmation or a request for help/guidance, as well as focusing on breathing.”
-Danielle Miksa

We can always use a break to focus on our breathing! Try it now:

1. Reflect on and honor those who lost their lives in the pandemic.

2. Sit still and practice four minutes of gratitude for all the good that you’ve still got. 

3. Listen to this ‘pulse-slowing playlist’, courtesy of the New York Times.

4. Learn how to meditate, just like Jamal and his kindergarten class did at Nelson Mandela Elementary!

5. Watch and move along with free yoga classes online.

Join us online on Thursday, June 4th, 12:30 - 1:30 EDT as we discuss what we can do to lend a hand in our community and around the world. Ami Dar, Idealist’s founder and executive director, will be joined in conversation with:

  • Leslie Gordon, President and CEO of Food Bank for New York City

  • Imani Scott-Blackwell of the Athens Mutual Aid Network

  • Laura Plato, Chief Solutions Officer for VolunteerMatch

Find more details about the virtual event, and RSVP, here!


The Harry Potter Alliance is hiring a Development Coordinator to work in Binghamton, NY or remotely.

Oxfam America is hiring an Audience Insights Lead in Boston, MA.

Guitars Over Guns is hiring a Program Manager in Miami, Florida.

Geeking Out Kids of Color (GOKiC) is hiring a STEAM Virtual Computer Science Instructor to work in Seattle, WA or remotely. a whole lot more! Start your own search at 

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Lizzy Cooke

Lizzy Cooke is the editor of the Idealists in Action newsletter. She also builds the Idealist community through social media and marketing. Outside of work you can find her reading, running, or walking dogs for her local animal shelter in Brooklyn.