"Obsessions are things that your brain can't take their attention off of. It's like an image or a sound or a thought gets stuck in the front of your brain. It can't pass through. A lot of people are like, oh it must have been extra hard to have OCD and dance, when for me dance was an escape."
-Steven Loch, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group, one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan, presents nearly 30 drummers and dancers in a performance where thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance.
Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group - Millennium Stage (April 15, 2016)
I cannot remember how many lunch/dinner breaks I've skipped; but, it was definitely more than both hands and feet worth. It started rather insidiously, too. More for protection from being harassed by the kids that didn't understand my flow (and I hadn't grown enough teflon body cover yet), I was happy to be Mrs. Conley's (the librarian)'s helper that whisked me away from cafeteria shenanigans. Did I miss anything? Absolutely. For while I was nutritionally well (lunch from home in a brown bag-too old for my Mary Poppins lunch box and thermos from elementary school), I missed the social wellness that only lunchtime verbal jabs could convey. D**nit if my mom didn't strongly encourage me to take lunch in the cafeteria, too, but I was convinced that at 12 years old, I knew how to handle my 6th grade social life and business affairs better than my mom, so I declined to hire her at that time. (=mistake)
Junior high school skipping lunch breaks then evolved into 9-10 and 11-12 sameness. Social wellness, confidence, and ability to discern bullsh***ers, a**holes, and manipulators/opportunists from a distance (aka emotional wellness) was subsequently delayed for 40 years. When I finally made the connection (about 10 minutes ago, lol) I looked for a rubber mallet to deliver a boink to my frontal bone. But then, I had to hit
'cause had my life and any of the choices I made or didn't make (or the ones made for me/with me) been different, then I would be ....well, not me!
How To Be An Activist Every Day
Speakers at the Foundation for Gender Equality Lunch
The incredible thing about activism is that you can start anytime. Many of us are already activists-without even knowing it for caring about yourself, your environment, and those that you meet and greet on a daily basis is truly the foundation of activism. When you are passionate about something in your neighborhood, for example, like making sure that your neighborhood remains without litter, you are already an activist.
(Just discovered a new cause in researching for this blog post-computer generated voice overs-ugh! Despite the computer voice, this youtube video defines activism conclusively.
So You Want To Be An Activist? 8 Ways To Get Involved In Causes You Care About
7 Ways To Be A Better Activist For Causes You Believe In
Once you discover your passion (s) or concern (s), educating yourself about the problem, finding others like-minded and committed to working for the change are next steps that have worked for many. Eve Ensler describes the "activist soul" aptly:
Not even in my own neighborhood, I couldn't help but be angered and in disbelief that someone felt it acceptable to throw a can of soda and a pack of cigarettes on the ground 20 feet away from a trash and recycle receptacle at Wawa (Concord Pike, Talleyville, DE) two nights ago.
Many of our social problems result from a lack of at least one dimension of wellness. Not properly disposing of this trash demonstrates a type of carelessness and disconnect that has taken hold of many individuals and communities. Perhaps unknowingly, but no less offensively, this improperly disposed trash wasn't jut unsightly; but, it also represented breaches in physical, environmental, occupational, financial, and social wellness.
We are unable to control all of what potentially can harm us, so whatever is within our control and can prevent harm (e.g. someone walking out of the store, not seeing the soda can, falling down, twisting or fracturing an arm/leg/tooth, losing employment time-or job, requiring treatment or therapy...) why not just claim it?
Activism all day, wellness forever. Claim it.
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
This precious little one has already linked eating with social connect & bonding.
Paulo Coelho , Brazilian lyricist, 1947-, writes that children can teach adults three things-
#socialwellness #physicalwellness #emotionalwellness
When wellness is a before thought, health isn't an after thought. The key to health is wellness.
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Ann Buszard once couldn't get out of a chair, according to her Starting Strength trainer. But now, the 76-year-old woman has beaten all odds. She deadlifted 200 pounds in front of a cheering crowd at the United States Strengthlifting Federation Fall Classic in Illinois.
Although a minority of older US adults met strength training (ST) recommendations, guideline-concordant ST is significantly associated with decreased overall mortality. All-cause mortality may be significantly reduced through the identification of and engagement in guideline-concordant ST interventions by older adults
Strength training is physical activity intended to increase muscle strength and mass... In 2004, strength training was least prevalent among those aged >65 years (14.1% among men; 10.7% among women). Prevalence of strength training among men and women decreased significantly as age increased (p<0.001. However, men aged >65 years had a significant increase in prevalence during 1998--2004, and women aged 25--34, 45--64, and >65 years had significant increases during the same period.
Within a month of learning how to lift weights, she noticed she had more energy without needing as much sleep, she felt far less stressed out, and she saw her body tone up fast... "Strength training is the only way you’re going to truly be able to sculpt the physique of your personal dreams."
"It just goes to show that with a little guidance and a lot of determination you're capable of anything."
- Karl Schudt (Starting Strength coach)
The Barbell Prescription: An Exercise Medicine To Fight The Effects of Aging
"A growing body of published research shows that strength training is the most important form of exercise for those in their 40s and beyond."
As my own healing and subsequent wellness is returning, I am pleased to recall so many of the practices that I started and enjoyed year ago. Dr. Paul Lam and Tai Chi is one of those practices. Harvard health describes Tai Chi as a gentle form of exercise that can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life!
The Health Benefits of Tai Chi
What Are The Health Benefits of Tai Chi
5 Steps To Physical, Emotional, And Sexual Wellness
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