“Handling all of your sharpest edges is the key to growth."

William Bortz

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William Bortz is a poet from the Midwest. He is the author of two poetry books 'The Grief We're Given' (Central Ave, 2021) and 'Many Small Hungerings' (Andrews McMeel, 5/23). He is a poetry reader at Longleaf Review and a volunteer poetry curator at Button Poetry. When he's not writing, William loves watching basketball, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife and two cats.

What does your mindfulness practice look like?

My mindfulness practice begins with my habits. I've learned that what I do and why I do it influences my subsequent decisions. I start my mornings by making tea, listening to Lo-Fi, and stepping outside to the sun on my skin. This prepares a posture of thankfulness and intention and informs what I do and my mindset for the rest of the day. Appreciation and intention are the centerpieces of my mindfulness routine

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