14 04

A living list to help with your quarantine doldrums by Lex Weinstein

Photo: Will Adler

Hello Friends,

I know this is an uncertain time, one that triggers the worst in us: fear, scarcity, confusion, grief… Each moment feels like an hour, each day melting into the next. If we ourselves aren’t suffering from illness or mourning someone who is, we are in isolation, grasping for understanding of what to do, how long we will be here, and what the world will even look like when we emerge.

I humbly believe that the only way to discern what the future holds is to consciously create it ourselves; bit by bit, day by day, one tiny step forward at a time. Not by doing, but by being, imagining, and visualizing… by having the courage to go inward as time stands still and we are finally given permission to slow down and listen.

With the tragedy that accompanies this pandemic, we are also gifted silver linings that have the potential to propel us into a more intentional, regenerative, and conscious system of living, giving this crisis purpose, and us the opportunity to triumph.

To help inspire joy and renewed intention during this period of reflection, I’ve compiled a living list of my  favorite books, playlists, podcasts, films and more with artists, ecologists, and mentors I treasure and admire. It will continue to grow as I reflect on what has shaped my personal journey that I can share on our collective path of understanding.

In the wise words of the beloved Ram Dass, BE. HERE. NOW.  Mother Nature is running her course, forcing us to pause, reset, and reassess our consumption habits, trauma, and lifestyle patterns. Never before has society paused long enough to absorb this true gift of PRESENCE, and the ability to honor stillness, meditation, family, and introspection, to ask ourselves what really matters most, and acknowledge the natural world with which we are are so deeply connected, and yet take for granted on most days.

May the words, melodies, and stories of others inspire you to share and honor yours, and come out of the stillness reawakened. Take care, stay safe, and enjoy.


Photo by Vivian Kim

To Do:

The hard truth: not much. Just being present is the best medicine for this current state of affairs, which isn’t easy. So here are some resources to help. And don’t worry if you can’t manage ANY of these. This is  a time for compassion, NOT judgement. These are simply here if you need them, today, tomorrow, or a year from now. Not all of these will resonate with every one. Take what you like, leave what you don’t.



Photo by Laura Bell Lavis



Personal Coaching




For Help

For Inspiration

For Education

For Healthy Distraction

Photo by Vivian Kim



Spotify Playlists


Photo by @Leia Vita


Photo by @Leia Vita


Surf Films


  • 2040
  • Whale Rider
  • Into The Wild
  • The Motorcycle Diaries
  • Garden State
  • Darjeeling Limited
  • Life Aquatic
  • The Big Sick
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Half Baked
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Forrest Gump
  • Easy Rider
  • Gandhi
  • Seven Years in Tibet
Photo by Sarah Lee


  • Heal
  • Maya Angelou – And Still I Rise
  • Period: End of Sentence
  • Grass is Greener
  • Brenee Brown: The Call To Courage
  • Jane
  • Terra
  • Crip Camp
  • The Mask You Live In
  • Chasing Coral
  • John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky
  • Cooked
  • Gentefied
  • The Last Laugh
  • Fish People
  • Chef’s Table 
  • High Maintenance  (HBO)



Photo by @Leia Vita

Curated with love by Lex Weinstein

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