This week has caught me a little off-guard. I've watched too much TV and I've been on FB too much. I saw and read about some of the horrendous things people do and say to each other. First hand on FB.
I think it sent me into a tailspin. It was all just too much to handle. I felt anxious and maybe even a bit depressed.
So, instead of fighting the feelings and pretending they didn't exist, I meditated. I sat with my feelings, which means I spent time actually feeling them. I went to a quiet space in our home and let the experience wash over and through me.
Was it easy? No. But it was important to do this work. Then I just asked myself, what does this mean? What should I do about the situation, if anything. And, I realized a couple of things. Spending too much time listening to "junk" news (I'll use that term because news is different for everyone) isn't helpful. It's hurtful and it's causes confusion. With that said, I'm going to select my news sources more carefully.
The second thing I realized is that we all need to find the place within where it is calm. A place where we feel connected to our source (God, the universe, consciousness, again different for different people) and we need (not just a suggestion) to spend time cultivating a relationship with our source. I use meditation because it helps me feel better, it helps me feel connected and whole.
So last night's class was geared at helping people find their connection to God. Finding the still place within each of us. It's here. It's always here. We just have to remember to spend a few minutes everyday practicing that connection.
Blessings & Namaste,
Our next beach cleanup in April at Lake Harbor Park, and it coincides with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Yes, that’s right, 50 years since the first Earth Day in 1970.
For those who were just kids (or not born yet), Earth Day was a unified response to our country’s environmental crisis — oil spills, smog, rivers so polluted they literally caught fire, including a milky-colored Muskegon Lake for those of you who may remember.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
As for our part, we’d love to have you join us for our 5th Annual Spring Beach cleanup:
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Location: Lake Harbor Park, Norton Shores, Michigan
Meeting Place: Meet at the Pavillion
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
We will supply plastic bags and gloves to those who want them.
Sign Up Online (after March 25th). The Alliance for the Great Lakes is in the process of updating their website so there is no place to sign up at the moment. When I get the word that the site is up and running, I’ll let you know. Or, you can respond to this email and complete the paperwork Saturday morning.
We will provide more information as we get closer to the event. We hope to see you there! And feel free to share this email with your friends and family who may be interested.
Many Thanks and Best Regards,
Vicki, Bill and the Blue Horizons Wellness Team
Have you ever wondered what a yoga class is? What do you do in a yoga class? What is all the hype about? To get some answers come to Yoga 101 on Saturday, September 14th where you will learn about yoga and experience some of the common yoga styles.
You will learn how to do a number of the basic poses in a way that is right for your body. You will also learn about yoga’s physical benefits and some of the philosophy behind yoga.
In this introductory class, you will get to know a little about hatha, vinyasa and restorative yoga classes. And to help you get started, you will receive your second class free so you can keep your yoga practice going! Come learn and grow with us.
Your Horizons are bright at Blue Horizons Wellness!$20 per person
Saturday, September 14th
Do you experience soreness in your body? Are your muscles knotted? Do you have a general overall feeeling of tightness? Then this Yin Therapeutic workshop is your antidote.
This class will help you release deep knots in your muscles. Tennis balls and foam rollers will provide a myofascial massage. Yin yoga poses will be held to improve flexibility and mobility in your body.
And throughout each pose, you will be guided through a meditation or guided relaxation to further release anxiety and stress. You will leave this workshop feeling physically open with a calm inner peace that you can take with you into your daily life. Your body will love you!
September 12th to October 17th.
$75 if you sign up by September 11th, $90 there after
Our next 6-week session of Yoga with a Chair begins Thursday, October 30th at 4 pm.
Join Melanie as she guides you through a wonderful healing event. Experience wisdom and the energy of the new moon! No experience necessary. Sign up at bluehorizonswellness.com
If you have never tried a yoga or meditation class, now is the time. Join us at Blue Horizons Wellness for FREE yoga and meditation on August 8th! Take a mid-day break! We will begin at 11 am and end at 3 pm.
We will begin with a gentle yoga session and then have lunch. Pizza and pop will be provided.
After lunch we will do another very gentle yoga practice followed by a guided meditation.
You will receive a yoga mat, a yoga DVD, two classes and lunch all for Free!!!
To register, call 231-724-3612.
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