There was a rendition of the Addams Family made into a movie in the early 90s featuring Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston. I remember having it at home on VHS and watching it with glee. I loved the old TV show and I loved this movie - for some reason I found it so funny. I even dressed as Morticia Addams one year for Halloween. A particular scene has been popping into my head regularly: the scene about unfinished business. Early in the movie Raul Julia's character, Gomez Addams, is meeting with his accountant. His accountant proposes a new idea masked in philanthropy to get more money from the Addams family...and Gomez responds by flipping through his calendar ridiculously fast and saying, "this sounds like new business and we do not discuss new business....until next quarter." Why would I be thinking about this scene and writing about this obscure older movie, you say? Well, because I have a lot of unfinished business that can't wait until next quarter. I've been reflecting on the fact that every week I write out a to-do list, and every week the darn thing gets longer and longer. And as it grows in length, and my teaching, administrative and personal tasks grow by leaps and bounds, so does my anxiety with the continual accumulation of unfinished business each week. At times it feels as if I am drowning in things left undone. At a recent appointment with my acupuncturist, Grainne McKeown (she is incredibly talented, check her out if you are looking for an amazing Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner), she asked me if I was feeling anxious while she was listening to my pulses. And suddenly it just came rushing out in a messy flood of things to do, thoughts on my mind, and tears. I was feeling completely and totally anxious and overwhelmed that "nothing" was getting done. Perhaps you can relate?Read more >>
The Welcome Mat: An Intro to iRest Yoga Nidra - May 9, 2015 - Namaskar Yoga - 3946 N Southport - 1-3pm
Is your mind too busy for meditation? Have you ever been intimidated by starting a meditation practice? Do you worry you can't sit still long enough to meditate? Come explore iRest Yoga Nidra as a wonderful way to bring the powerful presence of meditation to your life no matter what. This form of meditation is accessible to everyone, done lying down, and is founded upon the principle of welcoming things just as they are: the busyness of the mind, the sensations of the body, the emotions you carry and the feeling of your breath. Through simple guided cues you will learn to reap the benefits of meditation - deep relaxation, calm focused mind, easy steady breath, and so much more - by putting out the welcome mat to any visitors that arrive in your body, mind, breath, energy or emotions. This workshop will introduce the iRest style of Yoga Nidra, pioneered by Richard Miller and renowned for its ability to untangle stress and trauma and invoke deep states of integration. Bring a note pad for the first part which is lecture based, bring anything you need to lie down comfortably for the meditation portion. Register HERE, $25 by May 4, $30 thereafter.