Hello all and welcome. In this weeks newsletter I give you some tips for helping you and your families to get through these dark days of pandemics, self isolation and social distancing.
- Cancellations, postponements and other negative notifications are coming fast and furious in these unprecedented times. As we are all forced to deal with this Pandemic of Global proportions we must remember that these steps are necessary to keep us safe and hopefully buy time through lessening the spread of infection and taking the steps needed to deal with the people who have fallen extremely ill. Many people who have postponed performances are going online to offer up some much needed entertainment, performances, dance classes, exercise, guided meditation or even book readings — such as mine. Please have a listen to me read my book Samba on a Snowy Day.
2. This week I have been following Measha Brueggergosman on Facebook and her Pop-Up Series of concerts. And I have been thoroughly and joyfully entertained by her phenomenal vocal ability as well as her super talented guest artists.
One of the last live shows I’ll see for awhile happened on Saturday the 14th, entitled: An Evening of Japanese Dance and Music featuring Chieko Kojima. I wrote a little report on the performance, it moved me deeply, bringing back fond memories of Japan and all things Japanese. A most beautiful performance!
3. Spring has officially arrived and sure enough with it the first blooms, Crocus and English Blue Bells have sprouted in my garden. The Crocus flower is a symbol of happiness and youthfulness.
It is during these trying times we all need to find activities that make us happy and give us a sense of youthfulness, explore, explore, explore, discover new areas to walk in solo or as a family.
Other activities that you can do as family or at least get young ones involved in are for days when outside may not be an option, make a mini-zine, or get creative and use what you have to make jewelry. Perhaps you have a budding Rembrandt at home, now is the time to start your portfolio. There is no better time than now to get into home schooling, learning can be fun and entertaining.
4. This week I was informed that one of my first karate teachers passed away. RIP “Jun” sensei. When I fist started karate I took lessons during the afternoons and one of the teachers at YKKF Honbu Dojo was Leonardo “Jun” Marbella. He was one of the best, and the most pleasant person to be around. He instilled in me a love of kata, form and function.
I feel honoured to have known him, trained with him and to have called him friend and sensei. RIP Sensei. Leonardo “Jun” Marbella Jr. 17th January 1953 – 19th February, 2020.
Another warrior passed away this week, the great welter weight boxer and trainer, Roger Mayweather, (1962 – March 17, 2020). Rest In Peace, champ.
5. Intention based mindfulness is very helpful, it can help to dispel anxiety and give you peace of mind. Some examples that I have used are as follows:
I intend to naturally manifest happiness in my life. I intend to lead by example. I intend to let negativity pass me by. I intend to allow myself to be open minded. I intend to forgive those who I feel have betrayed me. I intend to be open and sincere. I intend to make time for myself. I intend to embrace change. I intend to find balance in my life. I intend to make healthier decisions. I intend to love fully and completely, unconditionally. I intend to do something for others and the Universal.
These are just a small sampling of some intentions that mean something to me, but they are examples of intentions anyone can use during your meditation.
Stay safe, be well and take good care of yourself, your families and your communities. Things are constantly evolving, we can get through this if we use common sense, stay calm and practice social distancing. Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. Check out my blog, follow the link, sign in. Get the weekly newsletter in your inbox, no spam I promise.
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