She spoke for an hour from her Utah home as candles shone in the background. She led the audience in a meditation exercise, answered questions, and played guitar to perform her new song, “Grateful.”
I attended one of her concerts over a decade ago. But while I know Jewel best as a singer and songwriter, she’s also an actress, author, poet, mother, philanthropist, and activist.
Jewel discussed Never Broken, her nonprofit foundation devoted today to help people suffering with coronavirus-related depression and anxiety. The website offers free online resources for people to cope and get centered.
The pandemic comprises three aspects, Jewel said:
- The virus
- The economic fallout
- The mental health fallout
On the latter point, she alluded to the importance of mindfulness to identify our mental strengths. Jewel was concerned that if society doesn’t significantly improve then the suicide rate could increase.
And that leads us back to the above quote. It’s important to not only think but to recognize your thought patterns.
“If you want to see what you are thinking, look at your hands.”
In that way, she said, your hands represent the action of your thoughts.