These are our times.
In the US, as the graphs below illustrate, new cases of Covid-19 are climbing -- as they have been since Sep 12. The rate of new-cases-per-day is now approaching the late-July peak.
Meanwhile, deaths from Covid are staying relatively flat. The bad news is that we're still losing almost 800 people a day (7-day average). The good -- or, rather, less-bad -- news is that the percentage of new cases that lead to death appears to be dropping.
Among White nonhispanic people, total deaths during those 36 weeks were 12 percent greater than expected deaths. Hispanics have been hardest hit: their total deaths were 54 percent greater than expected. For Black people total deaths were 35 percent greater than expected, and for indigenous peoples, 29 percent greater than expected.
Covid-19 will eventually recede, but with cases climbing and deaths continuing, it clearly isn't doing so yet.
These are tough times. Call me if you'd like to talk. I'm here.
Practice of the Week
This Fall, we offer a series of spiritual practice suggestions in the "Might Be Your Thing" category. These are practices that aren’t for everyone – but might be just the thing for you. These will be activities that you might be doing anyway, but maybe not as a spiritual practice – or one of them might be an activity you’d like to take up.
Any activity can be a spiritual practice if you:
- establish a foundation of spiritual orientation through the three core daily practices: read spiritual texts, journal (which might take the form of Morning Pages, or incorporate an Idea Journal), and quiet-still time;
- engage the activity with mindfulness;
- engage in the activity with intention of cultivating spiritual development;
- occasionally engage the activity with a group that gathers expressly to do the activity in a way that cultivates spirituality, with group members sharing spiritual reflections before, during, or after doing the activity together.