the deep source of my life

If 2020 was about seeing clearly -- with 20/20 vision --
then what will 2021 be about for you?

What did you come to see clearly in your life?

For me, I felt like so much of my life was grasping at this opportunity and that opportunity instead of simply enjoying everything unfolding...it took a pandemic and quarantine to realize I was missing so much life and joy.

So I enter into 2021 with a blank sheet of paper and a pen and a playful list and doodles of dreams, hopes -- but no resolutions.

Those resolutions of past years might have been what was getting in the way. Or maybe that way worked for some time and is no longer helpful.

Instead, I'll pay attention to what stirs inside me, what desires well up again and again, and which desires come but don't stick around...which could have been the fleeting ones that I grasped at in years past.

Perhaps this is what '2021' is about . . . I pay attention to this and then this . . . 20 + 21 . . . on and on and on, letting my life unfold in its own intelligent way.

What is the deep source of my life that is drawing me into life? Would you like to talk about this in our circle this year? Would you like to be playful with that question and let it unfold and unfurl?

You might have heard that we've launched a new publishing house for VITALITY-friends from our circle -- you! -- to share ideas and stories and questions and possibilities with the world.

It's VITALITY buzz, bliss + books LLC. Please click on it and check it out.

Two books are coming very soon to join with our four books from past years...

+ Inspiring Stories of Hands-On-Healing...(hopefully! we need more!) 100+ friends from around the world sharing their stories

+ The Naked Path of Prophet, volume 1 -- my new translation of 1 Samuel 1 - 18.4...a wild ride of a book so few people carefully or imaginatively pay attention to and, in my opinion, THE text through which to imagine a new world. It offers an experience to welcome a new world...but no solutions, no prescriptions. And the writing is hilarious and so clever.

The Naked Path of Prophet will be available on Apple Books (e-book) in the next few days and print copies hopefully in the next two weeks. Send me an email and I'll send you details once they are ready.

Proceeds from the sale of books support VITALITY Cincinnati's holistic self-care & outreach, including our new gleaning efforts that brought in 12,000 lbs of fresh, farm-ready food from the fields and into homeless shelters and food pantries and LaSoupe, thanks to the efforts of Sue Plummer and over 200 volunteers this year. Without those efforts, that food would have been wasted.

To a new world, friends! To a new world...

Brian Shircliff
program director
513.300.5174

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the ends of the world

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How many 'ends of the world' have you lived through?

Quite a few if you're my age.

I remember being on the bus in first grade when one of the older kids informed everyone that this would be our last bus ride home -- the end of the world was upon us. He had just learned of it in history class.

It was a solemn walk home as everyone said their goodbyes. It even seemed like a darkness was setting in -- at 3:30 in the afternoon.

How quickly we humans can attune ourselves to whatever reality we think is coming!

Well, the sun came up the next day and onto the bus we went...a little confused.

How many 'ends of the world' have you known? Y2K, the Mayan Calendar, too many days this year.

This year's Winter Solstice is said to be a special one -- the Great Conjunction with Jupiter and Saturn aligning for the first time in awhile. 'The dawning of the Age of Aquarius!' some say!

Maybe it will be a new time, a new era, and everything will be made new for us.

And maybe not. How quickly so many of us are saying how much we want to get back to the way it was before covid-quarantining and the covid-nastiness to one another when someone wears or doesn't wear a mask to our liking.

I don't know about you...but I've learned a lot about myself and life during the covid-quarantine(s)...things I don't want to go back to my old life, some things that can't.

It will be a new world for sure. An old world is ending. No matter how hard we try, we won't be able to 'go back' to the old ways pre-quarantine. We won't fit into our old lives, no matter how hard we try.

We've been made new by an experience, by new experiences.

Are special planets aligning and special moons influencing to create a new age? Who knows.

One thing's for sure is that we can make choices about how to live our lives with joy and purpose -- no matter what the circumstances. The Spring disappearance of flour and yeast from the grocery shelves was a bother -- and a reminder of trying to craft a life of joy in our quarantined homes. The social media photos of friends baking bread and loving that experience in those early weeks were extraordinary. How long had we waited to entertain joy like this?

There is gift in change, and in enjoying freshly made bread from one's own hands.

We've been gathering for Winter Solstice at VITALITY since the beginning, 2010. Why? I think the first year was just a coincidence...our Inner Journey night happened to be on the Solstice and we thought it would be fun to make a safe/fake indoor fire and gather and share food and write or draw like we are invited to do and laugh and live.

We continue that tradition this year too -- this time via Zoom. Monday, Dec 21 at 7pm, led by Penny Costilla, cost is by donation.

Maybe you feel moved to join us? Maybe you're curious about how you can not only live in light and darkness on this darkest night of the year but be light and darkness...be it ALL, love ALL of it. Maybe you just wan't something different that night.

Reach out to me for the Zoom link. Know you are welcome in the circle.

Maybe great change is upon us, even more change in our future. It all changes, yes? Change is the only constant upon which we can depend.

What a gift to be able to gather and lean into it and laugh and love...

Brian Shircliff
program director
513.300.5174

check out our full documentary by clicking here and please share it with someone who needs to know that change can be fun and easy in a circle of friends!

 


the wonder of the dancing steam...

Everyone keeps asking if I'm ready to hibernate...especially after quarantining the past eight months.

I think I am.

The hibernating months of December and January and February have always been rich months of listening, of visioning, of wondering, of playing with ideas, of sitting with a cup of tea and letting the steam dance.

How about you?

Perhaps you're looking for friends as you hibernate -- this year through the luxury of Zoom...

people on whom you can count, reliable friendly faces you can meet through the comfort of your own home, without having to make a covid-risk.

Not sure where or how to begin this journey?  Reach out to me, or join Tonia Smith and more friends and me at tomorrow's Zoom Open House:

Zoom Open House on Saturday, Dec 5 from 1 - 2pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86889318422?pwd=WHlDalVjT3Q3SGxhS3RuU1JpVHZ3dz09Meeting ID: 868 8931 8422         Passcode: 792780

We'll be talking especially about our 2021 trainings...

200-hour Yoga Certification
300-hour Advanced Yoga Certification
Bones for Life / Movement Intelligence
Healing Touch
more!

...and open too to answer questions about any of our weekly drop-in classes.

Who knows what new vision of life might come in taking the first step forward...into life's richness.

Brian Shircliff
program director
513.300.5174

check out our documentary by clicking here and please share it with someone who needs to know that change can be fun and easy in a circle of friends!  :)

 


feels different?

Do a lot of things feel differently to you too?

Changing of traditions, changing of structures, changing what's important.

I suspect that when we emerge from our covid-quarantine for good some time next year after the vaccines, a whole lot of life will be different.

You and I can be different too -- both now and deep into 2021. And the amazing thing is that it won't take a lot of effort with these opportunities.

Set yourself up for positive, gentle change -- discover the easy-power to create change yourself and the life you want for yourself, both now and on the other side of the covid-quarantine:

Bones for Life Immersion 1 via Zoom
learn 30 easy movement-sequences over four solid days that you can use the rest of your life (and keep the recordings forever to review...need to miss one session, no worries...we'll catch you up!)...move better, sleep better, be better by discovering your body's innate intelligence through slow, gentle movement...great for beginner-movers through long-time yoga-practitioners (who will be quite surprised how positive change can happen so quickly!)
Sun, Dec 27...from 10am - 3:30pm EDT
Fri, Jan 1...from 10am - 3:30pm EDT
Sat, Jan 2...from 10am - 3:30pm EDT
Sun, Jan 3...from 10am - 3:30pm EDT
............click here to register for Immersion 1

Already took Bones for Life Immersion 1 and want to rejoin the training so you can continue on with Cynthia Allen and me ?

Bones for Life Immersion 2 via Zoom
Saturdays: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6...11am - 3:30pm EDT
............click here to register for Immersion 2

New Dates for the 300-hour Advanced Yoga Training
with the new kick-off being the Bones for Life Immersion 1 on Dec 27, details above. Register for the 300-hour Advanced Yoga Training happening via Zoom, which includes Bones for Life Immersions 1 & 2 with your yoga-tuition, and an opportunity to take Healing Touch Level 1 for $100 once we offer it again in 2021. This is a bargain for the holistic breadth you'll get to spread your wings and discover what works for you and your family, friends, clients...and the depth you'll discover in your own practice/play!
reach out to me to register...text/call 513.300.5174

Want to talk?
Zoom Open House on Saturday, Dec 5 from 1 - 2pm >> join Tonia Smith and me to ask questions, find out if any of these trainings are right for you!
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86889318422?pwd=WHlDalVjT3Q3SGxhS3RuU1JpVHZ3dz09
Meeting ID: 868 8931 8422 Passcode: 792780

Or pop into tonight's 6:15pm TIME FOR TRANCE, led by me 30-minute guided deep relaxation with Neuro Linguistic Programming ideas to help you get what you want in life, your deepest desires...$10 donation...RSVP required to keep the group small (ideally 8)...we can chat afterwards! Tonight's focus: moving through obstacles!

 

We're all embracing the differences with you and holding gently the possibilities for delicious life within them!

Brian Shircliff
program director
513.300.5174

check out our documentary by clicking here and please share it with someone who needs to know that change can be fun and easy in a circle of friends! :)

 


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circle...the solution?

Have you noticed the difference in life when you gather with long-time friends and new friends and sit with everyone in a circle?

There's a certain power to it --

and an assumption that we all have a voice in the circle, that we are equals with one another, yes?

You can look more easily in each person's eyes, hear more readily each person's words and sounds, maybe even feel something flowing around the circle. Even on Zoom sometimes, yes?

In a circle, we can all share ideas and questions, wonder about them, playfully tell of experiences that might contradict what was said before . . . all of it letting a greater wisdom emerge.

That's how we began VITALITY in 2010, and we celebrate tomorrow those 10 years and many more to come...a group of people who agree on some things and disagree on others and we continue to learn from and with one another.

A couple things we do agree on is the importance of breathing, moving, resting, growing food, sharing life together -- though we don't all agree on the specifics of how those things 'should' happen with every single person on the planet.

We find ways to grow with one another and with the shared-solutions that emerge when we gather. We hold these things lightly, let them unfurl and grow to how they might like to be.

Consider joining us tomorrow as we watch together our 25-minute documentary created by Maney Media & Liz Smith. We'll have time to chat with one another too, if you'd like...or simply listen in on the conversation.

Send me a text or contact me through our website to RSVP for which showing is best for you...11a, 12:30p, 2p...and I'll send you the Zoom link.

We have decided to be a team-player and postpone our Nov 1 Open House at the Glean & Share Garden until after our county moves out of the covid-purple range. So stay tuned for news about that!

Not sure how we'll all ever move forward with all of our different opinions and perspectives on this vast planet? Neither are we. But we have a hunch that bright ideas will emerge when...

we sit together in a circle -- especially with people who might have a different perspective from you and me,

see the living, breathing human beings in the circle with us,

enjoy delicious food together -- especially when we grow it together and prepare it together,

breathe and move and rest however each person chooses for oneself to delight in life, to feel good, to grow on one's own terms, in one's own way.

That's the power of a circle...our planet's future and yours and mine can be amazing!

Brian Shircliff
program director
513.300.5174

PS...Have you registered for Turning Challenges into Possibilities for the Special Needs Family -- a free, online Feldenkrais Awareness Summit...Nov 5 - 10...register here


So glad Margaret's right!

We have a great deal to celebrate this Fall! And you?

On Sat, Oct 3 at 11am, our 12th class of Yoga/Healing Touch Interns graduate from their 200-hour program. They are sharing yoga & holistic self-care all over the planet...with family, friends, neighbors. And as I shared with you last week, each intern offers 100 volunteer-hours in the community gardens of Cincinnati & N Kentucky.

Ever considered becoming a yoga teacher? It has nothing to do with touching your toes. It DOES have to do with becoming aware of your toes and your whole self...all in gentle, easy ways.

Celebrate with us! Hear the inspiring stories of these great people!

AND...happy 10th birthday, VITALITY!

We will celebrate Sat, Oct 31 at 11am, 12:30, & 2pm . . . all of our supporters and friends will be able to sign up to join us for a Zoom-showing of our 10th Anniversary documentary and a conversation with VITALITY-friends and the incredible film-makers Mike Maney and Liz Smith. Each session will be about an hour, and you're welcome to join us for any of them. We will need RSVPs for each of these sessions as we will limit each showing to about 75 people.

...please reach out for preferred status in choosing which time is best for you.

Then, on Sun, Nov 1 between 1 - 3pm . . . Open 'House' at VITALITY's Glean & Share Garden in Walnut Hills, with optional walking tours of the other gardens in the neighborhood...masks required, socially distanced, fun!

We decided to move the 10th Anniversary celebration up a week from the originally planned date of Nov 7, just in case the election and the potential long process afterwards scrambles our focus and imagination. The documentary offers a great deal of hope for our world -- no matter your favorite in the election.

As a lover of the history of the world on this amazing planet, I'm grateful for Margaret Mead's stunning insight...

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Join us as we celebrate a revolution of love!
Brian Shircliff
program director
513.300.5174

 


local food, local fun!

Where do you buy your kale, your greens, your fruit, your produce?

Your answer might reveal a lot!

Sooo much of the produce at big box retailers is grown pretty far away. In a pinch I needed some greens and bought from a big box retailer and discovered that the greens were shipped from California. Who knows how long ago...

Fresh makes a difference. Locally grown often means it gets from the ground and into your hands more quickly -- and definitely with a lot less fossil fuel.

My farmers at Eden Urban Gardens LLC drive my weekly produce from their house a mile away and to my door. They deliver to a few more clients on my street too. Imagine if they grew for my whole street! Talk about a local food revolution!

Buying from a local farmer spurs the local economy and enriches that farmer's family. I wonder if the companies I enriched by buying at the big box retailer paid a fair wage to the person who planted the greens and harvested them and shipped them and stocked the produce aisle. I wonder if those companies also pay a hierarchy of executives that same farmers-wage.

So much produce that you and I buy can grow just fine and deliciously right here in our neighborhoods, either by hiring a local farmer or growing it ourselves.

It's a commitment to life to grow one's own food or to buy directly from a local farmer at a farmers market or through a CSA-share. We have so many Community Supported Agriculture buying opportunities in Cincinnati & N Kentucky.

Our Yoga/Healing Touch Interns -- all 11 of us -- will contribute 1100 hours of service this year in growing & gleaning produce on local farms, at VITALITY's Glean & Share Garden in Walnut Hills, in our own neighborhoods and backyards. We are excited to do our part for the local food revolution.

Volunteering in the gardens with Sue Plummer and our Walnut Hills friends Brenda Baker, Gary Dangel, CJ Pierce, and so many friends just might inspire you to create a garden in your own neighborhood or to expand your growing possibilities or to make some fun, new friends.

We share ideas with each other as we plant seeds, spread compost, pull weeds, repair fences, water plants, harvest food to share at food pantries and shelter-kitchens, laugh, and enjoy life. You can too. These friends are inspiring me to add more fruits and veggies to my own backyard.

Reach out to Sue to explore volunteering with us, and open yourself to a whole new, enriching, wonderful world of life, of health, of friends!

How do you grow? Please write back and share with us.

Brian Shircliff
program director
513.300.5174