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Welcome to our 6. Day of the Natural Highs Academy!

Updated: Apr 14


How are you?

I hope you had a good weekend with time for relaxation, fun and play. It can be challenging to be cooped up with the same people for a long time - even if you dearly love them. Sometimes, we have patterns of communicating that have gotten stale and predictable - especially with the people we are closest with. Add a crisis situation and the closest people can trigger us in ways that can bring out behaviors in us that we are probably not very proud of. It is not always easy to step out of these longstanding patterns and be the one who starts something new. In Natural Highs, we have a long tradition of holding Philosophy Circles where we get together and use an existential question to start a deep conversation. We have held countless Philosophy Circles with teens, with adults, with humans struggling with mental health challenges, addiction issues, legal involvement and lots of other deeply human experiences. In these circles, we have learned that when humans dive deep into their own vulnerability, they become incredibly beautiful. In these inquiries we can experience that we are mirrors for each other and that we can hold each other with much more empathy, warmth, and love than we sometimes have for ourselves. We created the attached "Natural Highs Questions Card Deck" for these times when we can't meet in person. The Questions Card Deck is inspired by these many circles and these many humans that have shared their depths and their wisdom. Thank you, Mila Long, for the beautiful design. Please use this Questions Card Deck in whatever way inspires you. Use it to dive deep with your personal explorations and use it to help others dive deep, too. In this world of social media, it is sometimes hard to connect in deep ways. This Questions Card Deck hopefully helps you and others begin this process:

https://www.naturalhighs.org/product-page/natural-highs-questions-card-deck

Use Coupon "coronarelief" to get the Card Deck for FREE.  Some ideas how you can use the "Natural Highs Questions Card Deck":

  • Draw a card each day and use the question as a journal prompt for yourself

  • Draw a card in the morning and hold the question in your mind throughout the day to have a creative focus

  • Draw a question when you sit down with others at the dinner table.

  • Draw a question at a family get-together (after Covid times ;)

  • Bring the Questions Card Deck to a party (after Covid times ;)

  • Bring the Questions Card Deck on a road trip or camping trip

  • Draw a card when you feel depressed, bored or disconnected

  • Bring the Card Deck when meeting someone new

  • Use a question as a check-in or an icebreaker to start a group or class or meeting (for now online ;)

  • Give the Questions Card Deck as a meaningful gift

TODAY'S ACTIVITIES: - Feel free to print out the Card Deck ( on card stock paper if you have):

https://www.naturalhighs.org/product-page/natural-highs-questions-card-deck

Use Coupon "coronarelief" to get the Card Deck for FREE - Feel free to personalize the cards with colors - Feel free to "play" with these cards for yourself or with others - We would love to hear about your ideas in how to be creative with them. Please send your ideas to: avani@naropa.edu. - We are working on a 2. Volume of the Questions Card Deck. If you have   profound questions that you would like to see included in the next edition,  please  send them to:  avani@naropa.edu - If you know someone who could use some support right now and you  would like  to reach out to them during these times, feel free to send them this  Card Deck as a gift. - On Fridays, we are holding Philosophy Circles online for TEENS:    Philosophy Circle with TARA   Fridays, 4:00 – 5:00pm  Join Tara for a weekly PHILOSOPHY CIRCLE on Friday afternoon. End your week   on an inspiring note by discussing existential questions, quotes, and the depth   of  life.  Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/887849899 Also, feel free to check out the Natural Highs Google CALENDAR with daily Natural Highs activities for TEENS: 

Teen Calendar of Online Events

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=83gi6m9jfn9j2noao4gac5adlk%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FDenver If you have joined the Natural Highs Academy after March 30, you can find all the previous exercises and worksheets that you might have missed on:  https://www.naturalhighs.org/post/welcome-to-the-natural-highs-academy Want more Natural Highs Resources? Now, everything in the Natural Highs Store is available for FREE with the Coupon: "coronarelief": & Materials

Feel free to share any of these resources with anyone - teen or adult - who you think might benefit from daily inspiration and structure during these times. I so look forward to have you be part of the Natural Highs Community. We can support each other to make the best of these times Stay strong & inspired ❤️ Avani











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