Poems to Myself -3

remember this,
write it on the
palm
of your day:
the clouds will always
have your back
so will your sister
and brother
the couch will forever
be stained
with love
and
loss
you will like wearing
heels
most days
but your feet
will want to touch
the ground
every
moment
so that you remember
this life
as
precious
and each person
walking
as
god.
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Incrementality

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When INCREMENTALITY takes a trip he packs a big bag, knowing that it may be awhile before he gets where he is going. He likes to take the road less traveled so that he can breathe deeply, notice, and enjoy the journey.  He doesn’t usually wear a watch, choosing instead to go at the speed of the body.   Once, in the black of night, he got lost.  Instead of panicking, he just used tiny steps to retrace his path and led himself out of trouble.  “One step at a time” is the advice he can be heard giving anyone about anything.

Incrementality is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

inspiration-deck

This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Stillness

stillness

When Stillness is around everyone has a different response.  Some people are able to relax instantly by her side, while others seem to squirm and wiggle, uncomfortable with her lack of movement.  She doesn’t have trouble with any of it.  In fact, she completely understands.  At one time she was a Type A personality who ran a Fortune 500 company.  She worked 16 hours a day, and rarely took a vacation.  When her sister was diagnosed with a serious illness, she stopped everything and went with her to a retreat center for a month of silence and meditation.  That changed her life.  Now stillness owns a small bookstore.  She reads, writes, naps, and has never been happier.

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Stillness is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

inspiration-deck

This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

4 week Mindfulness/Meditation Course

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4 Week Mindfulness/Meditation Course

“Before enlightenment chop wood. After enlightenment, chop wood.”
Join Anita Bondi, co-director of WHC for this engaging, hands on workshop series. Learn the many ways to bring peace and calm to your days. 

 

 

It’s all about the breath…

Oct. 26th 7pm-9pm

Breathing is the jumping off place for mindfulness practices and meditation. It is the best thing to use for health and well being. It is free and available 24 hours a day!
We will learn to breathe deeply and fully.

It is one of the simplest things in this world, and yet it can take a lifetime to master.

Practicing as a group will be an added bonus! We will work with meditation, mudras, and movement.

 

Write your way out of your way. Write your mind free. Write to make it alright.

Nov. 2nd 7pm-9pm

Don’t fret if you don’t consider yourself a wordsmith, fear that you have nothing to say, or don’t even own a pen anymore!

These exercises will delight and amaze you. Your writing will calm and inspire you.

Your mind will relax and quiet down. Your body will release and let go.

Bring a journal or pad of paper. Pens will be provided!

 

Color outside the lines

Nov. 9th 7pm-9pm

Come play with markers, crayons, colored pencils, chalk, and more. Scribble, Doodle, Color, and Quiet the mind.

After exploring several options, we will work with mindfulness and the creation of a rock mandala that each person will complete and take home. All materials provided (unless you have a favorite tool you want to bring for yourself).

 

Life as Meditation

Nov. 16th 7pm-9pm

Be ready for whatever the day brings. Bring your toolbox loaded with mindfulness practices to your day. Be present to your life. Learn how to cope with feelings, thoughts, and the little stories you tell yourself.

Armed and ready we will march into the holidays – or maybe skip into the holidays with renewed energy, focus, and presence.

 

Cost -4 sessions – $95-  Space is limited. Register now!

Location Wellspring Holistic Center ,243 East Brown St.  East Stroudsburg

NEW – Kettle Bell Class

Kettle Bell Class

Wednesdays

5:30pm-6:30pm

$10- per class

554 Main St. 2nd Fl.

Stroudsburg, PA

Begins September 21st

First class is FREE

The kettlebell or girya (Russian: ги́ря) is a cast-iron or cast steel weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

Taught by: Anita Bondi

certified personal trainer and co-director of Wellspring Holistic Center. Get in touch for more info or if you have questions.

Pilates – profiles of inspiration

As promised I am featuring my inspirational students for the next few blog posts. If you missed the last one, here it is.

Kathleen in Teaser

Kathleen in Teaser

Kathleen Correll

Age: 63

Years doing Pilates: 12

Why did you start doing Pilates?

a friend brought me to class and i have been hooked ever since

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

it actually impacts EVERYTHING!

What inspires you on the mat?

getting stronger, breathing, feeling better and healthier

What inspires you off the mat?

everything – and i think of Pilates a lot as i am doing my day to day activities

3 words you live by:

patience, compassion, and joy

Roxanne in Oblique twist on roller

Roxanne in Oblique twist on roller

Roxanne Rogers

Age: 57

Years doing Pilates: 7

Why did you start doing Pilates?

curiosity- heard about it in the media and was into fitness

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

it has taught me how important my core is. i believe a strong core is the secret to a strong body and keeping my body in alignment. it has helped my knee tremendously!

What inspires you on the mat?

how much stronger and more flexible i have become. i used to think lifting heavy weights as the way to build muscle. using my own body weight and holding plank pose has created muscles that are leaner and i feel stronger. weight workouts are still good, however i mix them up with my Pilates and have less strain and injury.

What inspires you off the mat?

God first. Then all of the ladies and guys that i do Pilates with!

3 words you live by:

  1. treat others better than you treat yourself
  2. search for some form of joy every day.
  3. look for some sort of physical challenge to push your body. “Age is just a number”

Pilates – profiles of inspiration

I may be a bit biased. I think Pilates is one of the best workouts one can do. I have been certified and teaching Pilates based classes since the 90’s and have experienced so many benefits: improved posture (my mom used to always accuse me of not standing up straight), an end to chronic back pain (seriously, I used to be bed ridden at times), and the ability to breathe deeply, consistently on a daily basis (that may not seem like a big deal, but pay attention to your own breathing and let me know what you find).

Read more about Pilates here.

My Monday night ongoing class is full of aging bodies that defy the notion that we cannot get stronger, leaner, and more agile as we age.

For the next few weeks I will be featuring some of my students. Enjoy meeting them on “paper” and then consider joining us in the studio and meet them in person. First class is always FREE!

Katie in forearm plank

Katie in forearm plank 

Katie Roche

Age: 72

Years doing Pilates: 15

How do you see Pilates impacting your daily life?

I definitely feel stronger – especially my core

What inspires you on the mat?

the linking of body, mind, and spirit

What inspires you off the mat?

the union of body, mind, and spirit

3 words you live by:

deep peace to all