In yesterday’s Chopsticks Alley Art class, Vietnamese elders had a chance to reflect on their lives and given an opportunity share their stories. Everyone had beautiful, poignant, significant, and personal stories to share or to write on the art pieces they were creating. “Art is healing,” they tell us, art gives people an opportunity to share of themselves and/or express their experiences good and bad.
Though it seemed most students left happy after the class, I wonder how many of them had a peaceful night or a restless one? I had a difficult one.
The pain and suffering of others left a mark on me as a reminder of how much work still needs to be done and how helpless I feel when confronted with it. I wanted to hug them all and tell them to “Let it go,” but know it isn’t that easy as their sufferings have already become a part of their flesh and blood. Simple things like maps of North Vietnam the artists passed out triggered strong, negative emotions for them.
Ihr Lieben, nach zwei Jahren bodyART ENERGETIC wird es Zeit, frischen Wind in den Kursplan zu bringen. Dies wird geschehen zum 3. Januar, wo zum ersten Mal eine Yogastunde stattfinden wird anstelle von bodyART ENERGETIC.
Meine lieben bodyARTler, seid nicht traurig! Noch habe ich ja zwei bodyART-Kurse. Mittwochs weiterhin bodyART STRENGTH bei @fitnessfirst_stephansplatz um 17:45 und samstags bodyART ENERGETIC bei @fitnessfirstniendorf um 10:00. Ansonsten hoffe ich, Euch weiterhin in meiner ab Januar nun Earlybird-Stunde beim Yoga um 7:00 zu sehen.
Am I wrong???
If it’s easy, I don’t even want it 🤷🏾♂️
Pedal to the floor and #GetRightToit
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Col 3:23
All hard work brings a profit.....Proverbs 14:23a
The most satisfying achievemnt so far for 2019...CHOPPING 33MINS FROM THE PREVIOUS 42KM TIMING!! Came in with a PB of 4hr26min #HOOYEAHHH !!! Gonna try chopping more minutes off in future runs. #ItsNeverEnough Also, so good to see familiar faces running the marathon too👍
#blackfriday#doorbusters#consume#itsneverenough Thoughts this morning: our society (in this country and much of the world) is quite driven by pursuit of monetary gain and consumerism. By choosing to live in such a society, we agree to certain rules. I’m not a hypocrite; I have a job and in exchange for the services I provide I receive money, which I then use to buy food and shelter and yes, some material goods. I also know that there are people who are oppressed by this society- through systemic racism, classism, and other -isms- and that Black Friday is an opportune time to buy things like clothes and household goods for their families. My point here is that, in a time when #mindfulness is oh-so trendy, we ought take a moment to be mindful of what we’re pursuing and why. Do I NEED that new TV, or pair of shoes, or fancy yoga pants, or “X”? Or, do I WANT it? And if so, why? Do I believe it will bring me joy? For how long? When we continue to source happiness from external material objects there is a very finite lifespan of the experience of that happiness; it’s fleeting and only a matter of time before we need more, have to re-up. Yes there are things that make our lives more comfortable, more enjoyable; I’m not saying we shouldn’t ever seek pleasure from the outside world. But I am cautious of being too comfortable, because that often breeds stagnation and distraction from what is truly of importance🖤✌🏽