The Strangest Cocktail

Written by on April 14, 2020 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 0 Comments

We are still under quarantine and we are all struggling to keep our spirits hight.

This unique time has presented us with some “unusual opportunities,” as my friend Chris S. has said. People are out of work, plans and progress are on hold, and there’s a lot of enduring fear around simply staying safe. Oh, and there’s boredom. It’s like the weirdest cocktail ever. Here’s how the recipe would read: 

The Corona Cocktail

Ingredients:


  • 1 oz fear
  • 2 oz liquid courage
  • 2 oz whole-lotta-love
  • 1 oz “Cancelled Plans” bitters  
  • 1 Tbsp lonely lemon juice
  • 3 oz Boredom Tonic, served flat, of course
  • ½ tsp Isopropyl Alcohol
  • 1 oz aloe vera
  • Pinch of spring blossoms
  • Margarita salt
  • 2 surgical gloves
  • N-95 surgical mask
  • 6 ft. straw
  • Thermometer
  • Square of toilet paper

Instructions:

While wearing the surgical gloves and mask, prepare a margarita glass by first rubbing it with the Isopropyl alcohol. Allow glass to dry completely then wet the rim with some of the aloe vera before dipping the rim of the class in the margarita salt giving the drink its “corona.” Place the liquid ingredients including the rest of the aloe vera (but NOT the Isopropyl alcohol) into a martini shaker and shake vigorously, either by hand or with the help of an EARTHQUAKE (I live in Salt Lake City and we had an earthquake a week into quarantine) , for an indeterminate amount of time until the CDC says it’s ok to stop. Pour into glass. Using the thermometer, ensure that the liquid is below 98.6 degrees before continuing contact with the drink. Practice social distancing from your glass by using a 6-ft straw inserted into a small hole made in the front of your mask. Garnish with the pinch of spring blossoms and serve on a square of toilet paper. 

But rather than digressing into day-drinking, let me offer this… 

 

Generosity is Better than Day-Drinking

I make my living by writing, teaching yoga, hosting in-person and online yoga and meditation trainings and retreats. I feel very fortunate to have made a living doing what I love to do for almost 20 years. Yet, these times have presented me with an “unusual opportunity” to give back and offer more resources for free, by donation, or at a reduced price because we all need these valuable resources that help us practice being our best selves during these uncertain times. That and I think yoga, meditation, and some thought-provoking writing present a helluva better solution to our situation than day-drinking. 

 

That’s why I am offering things like my free Tranquility Tool Kit that includes: 2 downloadable yoga videos, 2 yoga Nidra practices, links to heart-lifting music from myself and friends, as well as some excerpts of my writing to help remind us of our own humanity. I’m also inviting many of my online classes to be by donation so that if you need a yoga class but times are tough financially, you can simply offer good vibes or pay it forward to someone else in some other fashion. 

 

One of my most important missions in life is to offer ways for people to practice being their best selves through yoga and meditation. I am so fortunate to get to make my living doing this, but now I want to give back to YOU who have given me so much through attending classes, downloading my courses online, buying my book, attending my retreats, and simply opening and reading my emails. It means so much, I can’t even tell you. 

 

Here’s the beautiful irony, as much as I try to give back, I am gifted with an increase of generosity comin’ back my way. What an incredible gift! I can’t tell you how immensely grateful I am. It is not only humbling, but reminds me that this bitter cocktail is softening our hearts and helping us to love each other. What humbles me is how despite social distancing, this Coronavirus is helping us to reach out and love each other in creative ways with support, encouragement, creativity, laughs, and resources.


 

May I invite you to find creative ways to be generous to those you can connect with. It offers such a fantastic solution to our challenging circumstances. Please stay healthy and stay sane.

 

I LOVE YOU! I feel your love back to me. Thank you. 

 

“Love you more.”

“No, I love YOU more.”

“No, I love YOU, even more”

“Impossible. Can’t love anyone as much as I love you.”

 

Photo by Alex Adams

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US (New York, Salt Lake City, LA) and abroad and the author of Practical Yoga Nidra: The 10-Step Method to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep, and Restore Your Spirit. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, or traveling to teach, he also writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program. Scott just moved back to Salt Lake City after living in Southern France with his family.

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