Tribe of heart,
This has surely been one heck of a week already and it's only Tuesday. LasVegas has left everyone breathless. Tom Petty's passing yesterday at 66 created yet another gaping hole in the landscape of American music. And I have personally suffered a painful loss. A dear friend of mine from 8th grade suddenly left his human form this weekend. Loss can grip the heart, feeling as Sheryl Sandberg describes "like boot on your chest." Loss tears at the fabric of what we believe we know to be real & true while eroding away at the foundation of hope & peace we have built up within. At least that's how I feel.
Where does one find solace? For me I discovered a balm in the words of Jamie Anderson. “Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go” This helps me. Maybe you too? Deep breath in, tears & long exhale out.
Let's come together tomorrow, 10/4, with Mimi Ray for our weekly gathering as she leads our community in a heART Prize soulful flow to the music of the incredible Geoff Lamden. Welcome them with open arms, in the special way only EmbodyGR can. And please hold space for me as I gather with friends in Bay City to say goodbye to our dear friend Scot & send blessings to him as he transitions into the beyond.
Let's channel any grief, anger, confusion or whatever negative feelings you may be holding into positive energy by "doing good". VOTE for our community partner, Crowns of Courage, Amanda Joy Gilbert & Steve Stone to be the winner of 2D art in Artprize9. Last week EmbodyGR went to view the exhibit at DeVos Place & hear from their photographer as well as be part of the exciting energy around the goodness that is Crowns of Courage. VOTE #65015.
You are all precious. Life is a gift. Community heals. Come together. Create connection. Love hard. Laugh from your belly. Cry from the depths of your soul. Shine your light as brightly as you can. The world needs you now more than ever.
Go on & LOVE,
October 4, 2017 ****NO CHILDCARE THIS WEEK****
What: Yoga with Mimi Ray and the gorgeous tones of Geoff Lamden!
Who: YOU, and all your friends!
Where: Fountain Street Tree House
When: Wed. Oct 4, 2017
Why: Feel better, do good.
“The EmbodyGR community embraces and supports, says ‘yes you can’ when the noisy inner voice says, ‘no you can’t’ – Kari Wilson, Community Member