6:30 a.m. I begin my day with Kundalini yoga practice and meditation in Cloud Cover Cottage, a small building adjacent to my home in Pennsylvania.


9:10 a.m. Allostatic load, or early health deterioration, has been shown to disproportionately affect Black communities. One way of mitigating it is exercise; I regularly do activities like high-intensity interval training, walking, biking, and weight training.


2:30 p.m. Once a week, I visit a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm to harvest and pick up fresh vegetables. Sitting and staring at a computer screen for long periods of time takes a serious toll on the body, mind, and spirit. I make sure to get outside regularly without electronic devices.


valerie brown6:30 p.m. I use the vegetables I picked at the CSA farm to make dinner. Especially during this pandemic, we need to take good care of our bodies as well as our minds.


valerie brown9:30 p.m. After a full day of teaching virtual leadership and social justice workshops, I do some inspirational reading to wind down before bed.

See more of Valerie Brown’s day on Instagram @tricyclemag and read her latest article on Trike Daily, “How to Fight Without Hating.”

Check out previous installments of “A Day in the Dharma” featuring six Buddhist teachers in quarantine, Rebecca Li, founder and guiding teacher of the Chan Dharma Community, and Ralph Steele, founder of the Life Transition Meditation Center.

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