My heart overflows with gratitude for the beautiful gathering you all created to celebrate my birthday! Peri's teachings and holding space for us to ask the challenging question, "What does being a warrior mean to you?" was powerful! Never have I had anyone sing happy birthday to me, let alone two different versions, in down dog! I was more able, than I have ever experienced, to receive the musical vibrations into my heart.
And what a cake- the EmbodyGR logo artfully done over yummy carrot cake was a divine treat! Thanks to every person who showed up, offered their time & talents, and brought their 100% love game face to celebrate my life! Being able to receive this love and blessing from you all as a participant in our community was such a gift. Your hearts are so filled with goodness that I struggle to find words. I thank each of you with all of my being for your presence in my life.
These gifts were a powerful reminder of gratitude as a meaningful practice and empowering feeling. This week we shall gather around gratitude- breathe, meditate, practice yoga, write letters and set our internal compass by making a personal plan for gratitude to be a daily practice in our lives.
Research shows gratitude improves mental, physical, and relational well-being while impacting overall happiness. Over time these effects are known to be long-lasting. Increased optimism, self-esteem, energy, self-care and strengthened immune system & heart are just a few benefits of the practice of gratitude.
Also, this week the amazing Brian Keeley will join us to share what is new with the GR Red Project & the upcoming Walk to End HIV on September 10. They will be our community partner for September so be sure to come out, learn more, and find ways to engage that are meaningful for you!
Please join us, bring friends, and let us gather Wednesday around this centering and important practice of gratitude while we find ways to act powerfully for good in our GR community. Not only will you feel better, you will be inspired to do more good and that is a win-win for us all!
Deep bow of gratitude,
August 10, 2016
***IMPORTANT: WE DO HAVE CHILDCARE this night!!
Who: YOU and friends
What: EmbodyGR free weekly gathering & special guest speaker Brian Keeley, GR Red Project
Where: Social Hall - Fountain Street Church
When: Wed August 10, 2016- 6:30-8:00pm
Why: Learn about Walk to End HIV & to cultivate gratitude
Bring: A piece of paper or stationery, an envelope, a stamp and your favorite writing utensil.
August 16th: Rain Barrel Workshop
When: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 6:30-7:30
Where: Rockford Brewing Company- $30
What: Your ticket includes 1 Rain Barrel and instructions All workshops includes everything you need to set up your barrel and take around 45 minutes.
August 21st: Girls Rock GR Showcase- FREE!
When: Sunday, August 21- 4:00-5:00pm
Where: Wealthy Theater
What: The girls who have been at camp show off all their hard work in a sweet performance!
August 22nd: Girls Rock GR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
When: Monday, August 22- 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Cook Arts Center
What: Camp is done, now we need to store our gear. Please come help move equipment to keep it in good condition for the girls for years to come.
September 10: Walk to End HIV
When: Saturday, September 10 - 10:00am registration
Where: Rosa Parks Circle.
What: Join the EmbodyGR team to raise awareness and support those who struggle with HIV/AIDS.
September 10: Tribute on the Grand
When: September 10 @4:00-11:00pm
Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park
What: FREE event to create a safer, more exciting river experience for everyone. Read more at WMEAC.org: Tribute on the Grand https://wmeac.org/event/tribute-on-the-grand-2/
“The EmbodyGR community embraces and supports, says ‘yes you can’ when the noisy inner voice says, ‘no you can’t’ – Kari Wilson, Community Member