Our Daily Breather: Maintaining Sanity During A Pandemic In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Our Daily Breather seeks guidance on the health of the psyche. Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield is reading Pema Chodron and listening to Cardi B.
NPR logo Our Daily Breather: Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield On Cardi B And Pema Chodron

Our Daily Breather: Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield On Cardi B And Pema Chodron

Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield has been reading Pema Chodron and listening to Cardi B. Christopher Good/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Christopher Good/Courtesy of the artist

Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield has been reading Pema Chodron and listening to Cardi B.

Christopher Good/Courtesy of the artist

Twenty seconds of hand washing. 60 to 90 percent alcohol. Six feet of distance. People worldwide have absorbed these guidelines as the coronavirus pandemic has closed its fist around the world. But humans also need to keep the spirit moving, as did Charles Dickens — who lived through a few epidemics — by taking a daily "breather" in the fresh air. Here we offer recommendations for psychic health from people who go deep into their own hearts and minds: artists and writers. Creative people have been uniquely affected by the onset of the current pandemic. Still they continue to dream, and to create. They can help us understand how. —Ann Powers

Today's Breather comes from Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee. Her new album, Saint Cloud, is out on March 27. She recently had to postpone tour dates due to COVID-19 concerns, but will be livestreaming a set from her home on her Instagram on March 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern.


Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield at home. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield at home.

Courtesy of the artist

In these days of an uncertain future I've been revisiting Pema Chodron's writing. In all of her work, she talks about groundlessness and how insecurity can be a path to freedom. It presents an opportunity to choose peace and spaciousness over aggression or anxiety. Existing in the groundless unknown can actually shepherd us toward enlightenment.

In the same breath, I've been revisiting Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy. Cardi's confidence is contagious and hearing her raw emotion fills me with some kind of faith that eventually we're all going to be okay. The juxtaposition of Pema and Cardi are healing me spiritually.


YouTube