AD Roberts Fri, 03 Dec 2021 15:25:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AD Roberts 32 32 Cantalamessa: raw truth must become lived reality Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:36:35 +0000 In his meditations for Advent this year, the preacher of the Pontifical House endeavors to highlight “the interior splendor of the Church and of Christian life”, without “closing his eyes to the reality of the facts”, so that everyone can face their responsibilities from the right angle.

By Tiziana Campisi

Faced with the danger of living as if the Church were only “scandals, controversies, clashes between personalities, gossip or at most some good will in the social field – in short, something for men like everyone else. remains in the course of history ”, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, cardinal and preacher of the Pontifical House, in his reflections of Advent proposes to“ look at the Church from the inside, in the strongest sense of the term, to the light of the mystery of which it is the bearer ”, so that we do not lose sight of the mystery which inhabits it. The theme of the Advent meditations hosted in the Paul VI Hall on the three Fridays before Christmas is “When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son”, taken from verses 4-7 of chapter 4 of the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians, which sums up the whole Christian mystery. The cardinal resumed from his Lenten preaching, which had “sought to highlight the danger of living ‘etsi Christus non daretur’, ‘as if Christ did not exist'”.

God the Father

In today’s meditation, the Capuchin religious focuses only on the first part of the text of the Apostle to the Gentiles which guides his Advent sermons – “God sent his Son so that we could be adopted as sons. “- and underlines that” the fatherhood of God is at the very heart of the preaching of Jesus “. And if” even in the Old Testament God is seen as a father “, the novelty of the Gospel” is that now God is not seen so much as “the father of his people Israel”, in the collective sense, so to speak, but as the father of every human being, whether righteous or sinful “, and” he takes care of everyone as if he was the only one; of each one he knows the needs, the thoughts and even counts the hairs on his head. ”In short, what Jesus teaches is that“ God is not only a father in the metaphorical and moral sense. , insofar as he created and takes care of his people ”, but he is“ above all a true and natural father, of a true and natural son whom he ngendra … before the dawn of time “and thanks to which” men also will be able to become children of God in the real sense and not only metaphorically “. Father Cantalamessa also underlines that it is with the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ, that is to say thanks to the redemption that he operated and applied to us in baptism, that, as St Paul says, “we have become ‘sons in the Son'”, that “Christ has become ‘the firstborn of a multitude of brothers'”.

Adoption as a son

The Apostle, explains the cardinal, uses the idea of ​​adoption to make us understand the link which Christ establishes with men. An analogy, however, is “insufficient to express the fullness of the mystery.” Because if “human adoption in itself is a legal fact” and “the adoptee takes the name, nationality, residence of the one who adopts him”, without sharing his blood or his DNA, “for us it is not is not like that. God not only transmits to us the names of the sons, but also his intimate life, his Spirit which is, so to speak, his DNA. Through baptism, the very life of God flows through us. “So much so, continues Father Cantalamessa, that Saint John speaks of” a true and proper generation, of the birth of God “, that is why” in baptism , we are born ‘of the Spirit’, we are reborn ‘from above’. ”For the preacher of the Pontifical House, what the Pope said during the general audience of September 8 is important in this sense:“ We Christians often take for granted this reality of being children of God when we have become children, [the moment of] our baptism, in order to live with greater awareness the great gift received “.

“Behold, this is our mortal danger: to take for granted the most sublime things of our faith, including that of being nothing less than children of God, of the creator of the universe, the Almighty, the eternal, the giver of life. Saint John Paul II, in his letter on the Eucharist, written shortly before his death, spoke of the “Eucharistic wonder” that Christians should rediscover. The same must be said of divine filiation: moving from faith to wonder ”.

The wonder of faith

In the sacrament of baptism, continues the preacher of the Pontifical House, “the part of God or the grace of baptism is multiple and very rich: divine filiation, remission of sins, abode of the Holy Spirit, theological virtues of faith, of hope and charity infused into the soul, “the contribution of man, on the contrary,” consists essentially in faith. “But we need” faith-admiration, this widening of the eyes and this Oh! of wonder “before the gift of God,” the ‘savoring’ of the truth of the believed things “and the” taste “of the truth, including the bitter taste of the truth of the cross”. In short, the “raw truth” must become “lived reality”:

“How can this qualitative leap from faith to the wonder of knowing that we are children of God be made possible? The first answer is: the word of God. (There is a second and equally essential means – the Holy Spirit – but we will leave it for the next meditation). Saint Gregory the Great compares the Word of God to flint, that is to say to the stone which was once used to produce sparks and to kindle fire. We must, he said, do with the Word of God what we do with a flint: strike it repeatedly until a spark occurs. Ruminate on it, repeat it, even out loud.

Human brotherhood: all brothers and sisters

Cardinal Cantalamessa also invites people to pray to become aware of being children of God and of their dignity as Christians. All of this will also lead to an awareness of “the dignity of others, who are also sons and daughters of God,” and of the fatherhood of God towards all mankind, he says.

For us Christians, human fraternity has its ultimate reason in the fact that God is Father of all, that we are all sons and daughters of God and therefore brothers and sisters among us. There can be no stronger bond than this, and for us Christians no more urgent reason to promote universal brotherhood.

For the preacher of the Pontifical House, nourishing universal fraternity is also not tempting God “by asking him to espouse our cause against our brother”, not wanting to be right and the other wrong, to have mercy on them. towards each other, which is “indispensable for living the life of the Spirit and community life in all its forms”, “for the family and for all human and religious communities, including the Roman Curia.” Finally, the Cardinal Cantalamessa concluded his meditation by expressing the hope that Scripture can help us discover the true meaning of being children of God.

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The program helps women manage their trauma through exercise Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:00:11 +0000

Researchers at Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University are exploring exercise with women affected by mass incarceration. From left to right: Heather Hlavka, Jennifer Ohlendorf, Madeline Wright, Noelle Brigden and Amber Tucker. (Photo provided by Noelle Brigden)

When Amber Tucker was looking for an outlet to deal with her trauma, she discovered martial arts.

Tucker, an assistant professor of sociology at Cardinal Stritch University, initially signed up for an exercise class, hoping to find relief from the stress. She was a single mother and had to deal with the impacts of the criminal justice system on those close to her.

While learning martial arts, especially jujitsu, Tucker found a psychological outlet for stress and a community of other people who helped her learn more about herself. She adopted a new lifestyle, including practices such as meditation and yoga.

“There’s this hashtag that martial artists use, #MartialArtsSavedMyLife, to talk about how it’s changed their lives,” Tucker said. “How it helped them manage and cope with trauma, reoriented their life and focus. It really resonated with me.

Now she hopes to do the same for other women.

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Restorative Justice In Movement, a pilot program held in the sports spaces of Turner Hall, 1034 Vel R. Philips Ave., aims to help women find a way to reconnect with their bodies through exercise. It’s not just a way to be physically healthier – it’s a way to help them recover from trauma.

The program, which was funded by the Marquette University Institute for Women’s Leadership and President’s Challenge for Racial Justice and Equity Response, specifically recruits women of color who have been affected by mass incarceration. This can mean that they themselves have been incarcerated or that they have been affected by the time spent by someone else in the system.

Noelle Brigden, associate professor of political science at Marquette University and one of the program’s principal researchers, said the program is also open to those affected by the deportation and detention of immigrants.

Over the course of a few weeks, women experiment with rock climbing, martial arts, and weight training to find different ways to express themselves with their bodies.

Emilio De Torre, executive director of Milwaukee Turners, said women participating in the program also receive free memberships to use the facilities. Milwaukee Turners operates the gym spaces at Turner Hall, including a climbing gym.

“We’re almost lacking a language to describe what we want to do because it’s an empowerment program embodied,” Brigden said. “People will say physical fitness, or they will say mental health, but we have a much bigger empowerment goal. “

Brigden said one of the most impactful parts of the program was seeing women discover the connection between strength and spirit. For activities like rock climbing, jujitsu, and weight lifting, technique is a big part of the ability to do so.

“Finding out that in fact your mind is part of your strength and connected to your body in that way is a powerful time for me to watch and listen,” Brigden said. “It’s exciting because it causes us to redefine strength and see it within ourselves. “

Tucker said that women are socially conditioned to think that their bodies are naturally weaker and therefore less able to perform certain tasks. The program hopes to help them better understand their bodies and abilities, especially in sports that might not traditionally be considered female.

“One of the most important things that I have impressed about women is the idea that ‘your body is enough’,” Tucker said.

In addition to providing exposure to new forms of exercise, the group also hopes to foster an environment where women of all shapes and body types will feel comfortable. Jennifer Ohlendorf, assistant professor of nursing at Marquette, said it can be a barrier for women if they don’t feel accepted in these spaces.

It is essential to have a space where other people understand the effects of the trauma. Heather Hlavka, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences at Marquette, said women can lose the connection to their bodies because they are told “how to think, how to feel and how to heal.”

“What trauma and violence really breaks is the connection between yourself and your body,” Hlavka said.

The material effects of incarceration also present difficulties. Trying to balance financial burdens, parole hearings, paperwork, and supporting a family can be incredibly difficult. Ohlendorf called these barriers “time stealers” that prevent women from taking time for themselves.

That makes helping women find time to dedicate themselves an essential goal, Ohlendorf said.

“The ways people engage with these systems are time stealers in ways that people who have never had to engage with them will never understand,” Ohlendorf said. “So the idea that you would have time to do things to take care of yourself is completely unreasonable.”

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One Night Only Experiential Performance by Alicia Keys interweaving music, meditation, movement, art and technology at Fri, 03 Dec 2021 06:40:15 +0000 Hosted by Superblue, Therme Art and neurotechnology pioneer MindMaze, a secret party marked the launch of a new series of MYND experiential programs, designed to reveal how the arts can promote well-being in body and mind.

(The Magazine Plus Editorial): – Miami, Florida, December 2, 2021 ( – Last night at a special one-night-only event hosted by Superblue, Spa art, and pioneer of neurotechnology MindMaze, Alicia Keys led over 600 guests through an immersive guided meditation and musical performance at Superblue Miami. Known for her timeless songs, witty musicality and activism, the 15-time Grammy®-winning singer / songwriter / producer has always focused on elevating her audience and has increasingly focused on performance. mental health and meditation in his personal and professional life.

Presented during Miami Art Week, Secret eveningée presented MYND Experiences, a new series of neuroscience-based experiential programs developed as part of Therme’s joint venture with MindMaze, exploring how neurotechnology can be used in art, architecture, design and music to create dynamic environments that advance mental and physical well-being. The next program in the series will be a multi-sensory musical experience based on this performance and incorporating MYND technology, launched at Superblue Miami in 2022.

Secret eveningée open at 7 p.m., with guests invited to explore pre by DRIFT, an interactive upside-down landscape of hanging mechanical flowers that perpetually bloom in a symbiotic response to the movement of the people below. Keys led a guided audiovisual meditation session corresponding to the installation, using rhythm and sound to align body and mind with the environment and bringing participants to a deeper state of consciousness.

At the end of the session, guests moved into a second installation in Superblue by art collective teamLab, where a set of responsive artwork –Flowers and people, cannot be controlled but live together – transcending borders, A whole year per hour, intertwined with Universe of water particles, transcending borders –animates perception while exploring the concepts of time and the relationship between individuals and their environment. In this space, Keys performed live, enveloping guests in a multisensory experience. The 75-minute set, including new music from his upcoming album KEYS (released December 10), created a dynamic interaction between the artist and the artwork by teamLab, with each movement of Keys being affected and superimposed by the projections of the artwork.

The evening also included remarks from the event’s organizers, including Mikolaj Sekutowicz, CEO and Curator of Therme Art, Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, CEO and Co-Founder of Superblue, and Tej Tadi, Founder and CEO of MindMaze.

“Throughout my life, I have always wanted to push the boundaries and make music that exposes the deep connection we have with each other! The arts always make you see the world with new eyes, ”said singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. “This one-night-only show was a beautiful demonstration of how the arts and wellness can come together to foster deeper awareness and explosive pleasure at the same time. I am delighted to collaborate with Therme Art, MindMaze and Superblue and participate in the launch of such a revolutionary initiative as MYND Experiences.

“Combining meditation, sound, visuals and neurotechnology, Alicia’s performance last night created a 720-degree experience infusing and encompassing the senses for the participants. The gathering launched a new program of MYND experiences, designed to spark awareness and discourse on how we can create healing spaces through visual arts, architecture and cultural engagement, ”said said the CEO and co-founder of Therme Art. Mikolaj Sekutowicz. “Therme Group is dedicated to a focus on personal well-being, and we are delighted to partner with artist, creator and mental health protagonist Alicia Keys, leader of MindMaze neuroscience and pioneer of Superblue experiential art to produce holistic experiences. “

Tej Tadi, Founder and CEO of MindMaze said, “The interactive and adaptive environment created by Alicia’s immersive meditation session and musical performance embodies the multimodal platforms that MindMaze is dedicated to developing for the improvement of our collective mental health. Our launch of the “MYND” Experiences with Therme Art at Superblue Miami reflects our shared ambition to create cultural experiences, spaces and resources that advance a holistic approach to improving mental wellness on a global scale. “

Co-founder and CEO of Superblue Mollie Dent Brocklehurst added: “Secret eveningThe activation of DRIFT and teamLab’s installations at Superblue created a vibrant audiovisual environment rooted in these artists’ messages about creating harmonious and healthy relationships between themselves and the world around us. Superblue’s mission is to amplify the role artists play in our well-being as individuals and as a society, and we are delighted to continue our collaborations with Therme Art and MindMaze.

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SoftBank and Celebrities Support Funding for Faith-Based App Thu, 02 Dec 2021 14:05:00 +0000

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LONDON, December 2 (Reuters) – Christian worship and meditation app Glorify has raised $ 40 million from investors including SoftBank (9984.T), venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and star of the reality TV show Kris Jenner, the company announced Thursday.

Founded in the UK in 2020, the app delivers faith-based meditation to subscribers via inspirational quotes, worship routines and short quotes from the Bible.

Although the amount raised is small compared to the hundred million dollars regularly invested by large funds in growing companies, Glorify is one of the many Christian applications that have developed in recent years, tapping into traditional sources of funding.

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The app has around 250,000 daily users, mostly in the United States and Brazil.

The fundraiser was led by Andreessen Horowitz, known as “a16z”. SoftBank’s Latin America fund also contributed.

Famous investors include Kris Jenner and singers Michael Buble and Jason Derulo.

“There is an incredible ecosystem of Christian investors in the United States,” said Ed Beccle, who founded Glorify with Henry Costa.

Beccle said he was looking for investors whose values ​​matched those of the company, although not all of them were necessarily Christians.

“The Christian community is both incredibly social and global, but has always been underserved by new technologies,” said Connie Chan, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. “Glorify is changing that.”

The growth of Christian apps was at stake before the pandemic, especially in the United States, but demand has skyrocketed recently as lockdowns limit the ability of people to visit physical churches.

Christian apps that have been created over the past few years and established themselves include one called Abide and another called Pray.

A Catholic prayer app called Hallow said earlier this month it had raised more than $ 50 million in funding in 2021, from investors including Peter Thiel, with growth being accelerated by the pandemic.

Glorify said the money raised will be used to expand the team from its current workforce of around 60 and establish new offices around the world.

The app also aims to establish an online community that allows for deeper engagement with faith-based content “rather than the superficial mass engagement you’ll typically see on traditional social media,” Beccle said.

“In a fun way I migrate communities from one place to another so I look at generic social networks like Instagram, Facebook (FB.O) and so on, I see they have hundreds of communities very engaged and try to create a context specific place for them.

Going forward, the app could include features like Christian dating and church and donation management tools, Beccle said.

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On Saturday, December 4, visitors can participate in an interactive installation of African art and poetry at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 218 Los Pandos Rd. Current artist-in-residence Anja Marais, originally from Africa South, created a circle of adobe chairs called “The Chairhenge” for reading and listening to poetry. It is located in the alfalfa field before the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and was created to honor the land and our ancestors. To participate, bring your phone and earphones or headphones. For more information, contact the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation at 575-758-2413 or visit the foundation’s Instagram page @wurlitzerfoundation.

Taos Amateur Radio Monthly meeting Wednesday, December 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Amateur radio meeting for the Taos Amateur Radio Club at the Taos County Emergency Ops Center, # 6 Miranda Canyon Rd, Ranchos de Taos. To free. Call 575-770-1961.

Organization of Taos artists meets on Wednesday December 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us for our monthly Zoom Meetings – for the link please email, PO Box 1294, Taos. To free. Call 720-366-6684.

UNM TAOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: The University of New Mexico (UNM) Taos Advisory Board will meet for a regular meeting at 4 p.m. on December 8 in the Administration Office, Board Room of meeting of municipal schools of Taos, 310 Camino de la Placita, Taos and by webinar. For an agenda or other information, email The date, time and location are subject to change.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 16 IN TAOS meets the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 PM at Kit Carson Electric Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Rd. For more information, call 575-224-7290.

SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY LOAN FUND Loans of up to $ 150,000 at 1.625% for up to 10 years. No payment due in year 1, interest only due in year 2 and 3, no prepayment penalty. For more information see

The ROOTS AND WINGS COMMUNITY SCHOOL, awarded the 2020 Charter Primary School of the Year, is currently accepting students from the K-2 and 6-8 cohorts. Call 575-586-2076 or go to for more information.

TAOS PUEBLO HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START are now registering for 2021-2022. Children enrolled in other federally recognized tribes and children with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply. To schedule availability and the intake meeting, call 575-758-5819.

TAOS EDUCATION AND CAREER CENTER AT UNM-TAOS offers free online courses for high school equivalency preparation (HiSet / GED), support for college, career development and teaching English. Also available for basic computer skills, the center offers free online courses for Internet and computer basics. Email or call 575-737-3730.

SOUGHT-AFTER WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS. Writers on the Range is looking for writers of color, women and fresh voices; subjects on the intermontane territory; authentic and unique perspectives on western public lands, water, natural resources, agriculture or economic institutions; number of words 750. See, or send an email to

CALL FOR SELLERS for the Alumbra de Questa Christmas market, December 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors and craftspeople of arts, jewelry, crafts, holiday items and gifts are encouraged to book a stand at this outdoor event at the Questa Market Space at the Tourist Office. Send an email to

THE TALPA COMMUNITY CENTER LIBRARY IS OPEN Monday through Thursday, 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services include 10 computers, affordable copies, and faxing. Masks are compulsory. Call 575-751-1014. Sign up for a free library card.

Members of the TALPA MUTUAL WATER ASSOCIATION can now consult the annual report on consumer confidence. To obtain copies, call Raul E. Vigil at 575-751-4373 or view the copies at the Talpa Community Center near State Road 518.

The TAOS PUBLIC LIBRARY is now open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Curbside pickup operates simultaneously by order only. For more information, call 575-737-2590 or email

TAOS MOUNTAIN SANGHA offers a weekly meditation session and Dharma talk every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit for more details and email with questions.

FREE mindfulness meditation course: “Exploring Mindfulness Meditation: Basics.” »Online course offered free to the public by Mindful Frontiers, a local meditation community. Must register, at

FREE AWARENESS MEDITATION ZOOM CIRCLES. Mondays and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Start and end the work week with meditation. All ages and levels are welcome. The trainer is Anne-Marie Emanuelli, founder of Mindful Frontiers. Registration is required at

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF TAOS. Bring canned goods or non-perishable gifts on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, for drive-through parking and drop-off of packaged food and / or monetary donations to Shared Table, as well as food or monetary donations to the Taos Men’s Shelter. Foods must be unopened and within their expiration date. Checks should be made payable to Shared Table or Taos Coalition to End Homelessness.

Food distribution days for the NORTH CENTER OF THE QUESTA FOOD CENTER are the second and fourth Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. EXCEPT in November and December when they are the first and third Fridays. For updates, call the Questa village office at 575-586-0694 or check Facebook. For an emergency food box, call Jeannie Masters, 575-779-9194 or Nancy Parker, 505-699-7563. To donate, visit or mail checks to North Central Food Pantry, PO Box 1076 Questa NM 87556.

SHARED TABLE distributes food and basic health care items on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 11:00 am to noon at El Prado at El Pueblito Methodist Church, 1309 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; and 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Talpa Community Center, State Road 518, Ranchos de Taos. Call Pastor Cheri Lyon at 505-440-6849.

ST. JAMES FOOD PANTRY offers additional groceries for everyone, Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., driving at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago (off Gusdorf Road behind the Quality Inn ), Taos.

PAY TO HELP MISTAKES. Thinking of adopting a stray cat? It’s hard to be homeless, hungry, and cold with predators always nearby. Welcoming a stray animal is the ultimate act of kindness and Taos Feral Feline Friends, the all-volunteer animal charity, wants to help. Country To Help Strays is a free adoption service that helps stray cats in Taos County and the Magic Circle. If you qualify, you get the most comprehensive set of veterinary benefits available in New Mexico: sterilized surgery; all tests recommended by the veterinarian; vaccinations against rabies and the fatal viral diseases FVRCP and FELV. To be eligible, the adopter must contact TFFF within 60 days, or in advance, of the adoption. Cats in shelters, pet stores or breeders are not eligible for this program. Call TFFF at 575-758-3519 for more information.

CAT AND DOG SPAY / NEUTER, VACCINE PROGRAM for Taos Town, Taos County and Taos Pueblo pet owners. Low-income pet owners and all wild / outdoor / barn cat owners are also eligible for free vaccination services, at Española Valley Humane Society, 505-753-0228. Dogs and cats must be between 8 weeks and 8 years old.

CAT sterilize / sterilize. Free sterilization / spaying of pet cats in Taos available with a Zimmer Feline Foundation voucher. Cats from Taos Town, Taos County, and Taos Pueblo are eligible. Call 505-466-1676.

FREE ORAL COVID TEST AT DRIVE-THRU. Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Taos Youth and Family Center, 407 Paseo del Cañon Est. Register on; also look Where Painless, self-administered oral swab test. Results delivered electronically within 48 hours of receipt at the laboratory.

FREE NASAL SWAB COVID TEST. Mondays, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Taos Department of Health, 1400 Weimer Rd, Taos. Register on For more information, call 575-758-0493.

FREE HOME COVID TEST for all New Mexicans. New Mexico and Vault Medical Services are offering in-home COVID-19 saliva tests for anyone who thinks they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. Order a test online at

BEWARE OF VACCINE SCAMS: MEDICARE COVERS COVID-19 VACCINE at no cost to the elderly. If you are asked to share your Medicare number or pay for access to the vaccine, it is a scam. Do not share any personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails promising access to the vaccine for a fee.

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Make music Winter returns on December 21 Tue, 30 Nov 2021 21:03:00 +0000

NEW YORK, November 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Make Music Winter, a free outdoor musical celebration with exuberant and participatory parades, performances and events throughout new York and in dozens of American cities, will return to the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21.

The annual event welcomes people of all ages and musical abilities to celebrate the joy of making music with other members of the community. Since its debut in 2011, Make Music Winter has offered music enthusiasts a way to meet, parade and play in public spaces, and make music with bells, electric guitars, vocals, percussion and more unusual instruments.

In keeping with the gift season, the sound toys will debut Make Music Winter in The Mutant Toys Parade, a participatory composition of Argentinabased artist Laureano Cantarutti premiered in six US cities. Children and adults are invited to come and experiment “curve“toy shuttlecocks, recordable buzzers and disfigured dolls designed by Cantarutti and assembled by local musicians in each town. Participants will then march through the streets playing music using toys and percussion instruments. hand, which will be free to take home on holiday as a gift for further musical experimentation. Mutant Toy Parades will take to the streets of new York (NEW YORK), Montclair (NJ), Salem (WHERE), Knoxville (TN), Toledo (OH), and Altoona (PENNSYLVANIA).

Back for the second year, Rhythm Band Instruments (RBI) celebrates Make Music Winter across the country, providing over 300 instruments ranging from Bells to Boomwhackers in eleven cities for participatory winter music. RBI bells will play in new York (NEW YORK)‘s “Bell by bell”, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in SoHo (at Elizabeth St., between Prince and Spring St.). This event has become a Make Music Winter tradition, with volunteers from Elizabeth Street Garden hand out color-coded bells to revelers who take a crash course in the basics of hand bells, then perform collectively with a team of conductors. Forty miles up the river in Ossining/ Briacliff (NY), RBI instruments will be part of a Make Music Winter day of concerts, interactive music events, workshops and music lessons, offering something for everyone. In the small town of Land O ‘Lakes (WI), RBI will offer instruments for beginner ukulele and bell lessons. Other RBI-supported events will take place at Montgomery (AL), Toledo (OH), Salem (WHERE), Montclair (NJ), Altoona (PENNSYLVANIA), Federal route and Gig Port (WA), and Milwaukee (WI).

But nothing compares to New York City, cradle of Make Music Winter, where nearly 20 musical gatherings and parades will animate the districts of the arrondissements, Flatbush in Brooklyn to the Melrose Parranda in the Bronx. that of New York Events (in addition to Bell by Bell and the Mutant Toy Parade) will include:

  • “African Drum” – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Plaza at 300 Ashland, Brooklyn. Join a drum circle master class led by Brooklyn Music School to learn and perform rhythms from the Congolese and West Africa on djembes and congas provided by the school.
  • “Flatfoot Flatbush” – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. To Perspective heights, Brooklyn. Featured with Porch Stomp, City Stompers and the North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District and celebrating its eighth year in a row, dancers, fiddlers and pickers will parade down Flatbush Avenue playing old tunes while walking flat , a form of percussion dance from the Appalachians.
  • “Stay still” – 10.45-11.15 a.m. in midtown Manhattan. Musicians of all stripes with an instrument that can be played on the move – acoustic guitars, horns, strings, percussion, etc. – will join the music group Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars in a participatory 30-minute parade through South city center, including a stop at Herald Square at precisely 10h59 when the sun “stops” and during which the whole ensemble will mark the stroke of a magical minute to surprise the spectators.
  • HONK NYC! presents Radiant Revelry “- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Greenwich village. HONK NYC’s Fourth Winter Solstice Procession is a cathartic parade of music and dance that commemorates the lives of those who have been lost after two years of COVID-19 and celebrates a time of revitalization and hope. The parade winds its way through the West Village to a final at Astor Place Plaza, as does a separate parade, “Tambor Tuesday Street Jam” 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – embarks on a journey through the East Village to the legendary Drom club. “Tambor Tuesday”, presented in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, features music from Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, samba and reggae traditions and features musicians from Mambembé Music, Afro-Cuban rumba with Kikiriki Biquey and People of Earth.
  • “Harlem Solstice Jam” – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Uptown Grand Central. Enjoy a lively evening of brass, samba and fanfare music. The program includes performances by Afro-funk / Latin / New Orleans style brass group The Underground Horns; Batalá, an all-female Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion group; the Harlem Marching Cobras, and more.
  • “Melrose Parranda” – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. from the Bronx Music Hall. The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) is hosting its 7th consecutive Make Music Winter program in the Melrose part of the Bronx with a procession or parranda, the Puerto Rican tradition of Christmas carols. Based on the music of plena and other songs from the island’s festivals, this festive parade will be led by members of the Bronx musical and cultural community, including Jorge Vázquez, Matthew Gonzalez, and Bobby sanabria. Each stop along the parranda will be a different casita, the small houses that evoke the countryside in Porto Rico.
  • “The Hallelujah Mobile” – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Starting from the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library and making your way among six other iconic downtown locations – A Vanderbilt, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, Carnegie Hall, Circle of Columbus, and Lincoln Center – participating singers will give seemingly spontaneous pop-up concerts of Handel’s famous choral masterpiece, the “Hallelujah Chorus”.

Make some extra winter music events across the country include:

  • Long beach, california – Open Jam with OLLI Recorders, Club of Harps and The Jazz Angels. Everyone is invited to jam with Make Music Long Beach featuring all three bands and a full music jam at Marine Stadium Park.
  • Boston, Massachusetts – Make music in winter in Boston. Join the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District for an afternoon of music! Victorian Carolers, Downtown Holiday Brass and Mediterranean Holiday Band will perform throughout Boston downtown as part of their holiday market.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Sing along with Anna From Frozen. All ages are invited to join in a song worthy of the Queen of Arendelle. Local musician Elizabeth chase will get the audience to sing along with classic Christmas songs, as well as those from blockbuster movies, Frozen and Frozen II.
  • Cleveland, Ohio – A Musical Hike. An eight-kilometer hike with members of the Cleveland Hiking Club through the Trémont and Ohio City regions, the troupe will stop along the way to play popular and secular holiday tunes on kazoos and sing sheet music.
  • Litchfield, Connecticut Community meditation and sound healing. A daytime meditation event alongside the facilitator Grace Magnusson associated with gongs and singing bowls.
  • Macon, Georgia – Where the soul rocks! Free gifts on the sidewalks of the city center Builder, including kazoos, chopsticks and more for making music!
  • Rochester, New York “Atelier Maracatú”. Participants can learn to play the basic rhythms and instruments of Brazilian maracatú music and discover its cultural background. Instruments will be provided.

The Make Music Winter celebrations will also take place at Philadelphia cream (PENNSYLVANIA), Santa Fe (NM), Crystal Lake (HE), The cross (WI), Port Hueneme (CA), in Hawaii, and more to be announced. Additional information, events and cities will be posted on

Make Music Winter is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance.

Join the conversation: #MakeMusicWinter.

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About Make Music Winter
Make Music Winter is a free outdoor musical celebration that takes place every December 21 that turns audiences into music creators. Make Music Winter started in New York City in 2011 and has since spread to more than two dozen cities across the country. With a wide range of talents and themes, Make Music Winter transforms cityscapes with musical parades at the Winter Solstice. Make Music Winter is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit

About the NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit organization funded in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,400 members. The Foundation’s mission is to advance active participation in lifelong musical creation by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information on the NAMM Foundation, please visit

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Insight Timer Meditation App Creates ‘My Workplace’ for Businesses to Share Wellness Experiences and Skills with Leading Psychologists for Free Tue, 30 Nov 2021 14:00:00 +0000

SYDNEY – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Today, Insight Timer, America’s # 1 Meditation App, launches My Workplace for meditators to practice wellness at work through curated content and connecting with colleagues. Content includes the Workplace Skills program taught by top psychologists, scientists and meditation teachers including Dr Amy Cuddy, Dr Amishi Jha, Dr Daniel Goleman, Dr Ellen Langer, Dr James Coan and a dozen others experts from reputable organizations, including Harvard. , Brown, Yale, Columbia and TED.

My Workplace is part of the new version, “Butterfly”, a redesign around machine learning and additional social features. It is free to access with a professional e-mail.

Workplace skills engage employees with a common work problem, not a mindfulness practice. The researchers first explain Why the instance occurs, and then teachers direct evidence-based practice. This approach makes the skills applicable to everyone, regardless of previous mindfulness experience.

To develop this unique offering, Insight Timer partnered with organizational psychologist and mindfulness expert Dana Zelicha, Founder of OWBA, Organizational Well Being Agency, to perform a comprehensive pain point analysis of the main causes of urgent problems at work. such as employee stress, burnout, loneliness. , Conflict and Attrition, then define the 15 Workplace Skills. According to Zelicha, hard data and rigorous reports from McKinsey & Co, Deloitte and APA show that COVID-19 has exacerbated organizational pain points like burnout, impostor syndrome, uniqueness, discrimination and surrender while creating new pain points, including zoom fatigue. and return-to-work anxiety. The Workplace Skills diligently tackles them in an innovative and practical way using world-renowned experts:

  • Improve concentration Dr Amishi Jha, Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Giving / Receiving Negative Feedback Dr Amy Cuddy, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Manage difficult relationships Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review + Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.
  • Negotiate a salary increase Organizational psychologist Dana Zelicha + spiritual well-being educator Lalah Delia
  • Find meaning in your work Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
  • Reload your motivation Ellen Langer, MD, Ph.D., Harvard + Organizational Psychologist Dana Zelicha
  • Overcome the fear of public speaking Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D., Boston University
  • How to “unplug” at night Dr Judson Brewer, Ph.D., Brown University + Mindfulness Expert Kate James
  • Manage zoom fatigue Dr James Coan + Mindfulness Expert Kate James
  • Prevent burnout Jennifer Moss, Harvard Business Review
  • How to beat impostor syndrome Melody Wilding, LSW + Wellness Educator Alex Elle
  • Perform better under stress Modupe Akinola, Ph.D., Columbia Business School + Coach Global Mindset Adidas Christian Straka
  • Take care of yourself while experiencing prejudices + How to denounce inequalities: Rhonda Magee, JD, Head of Racial Justice and Mindfulness, University of San Francisco
  • Feeling undervalued by your boss or team Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

“I’m excited to present My Workplace and Workplace Skills for free, because all employees today deserve wellness resources,” says Christopher Plowman, CEO of Insight Timer. “While other meditation apps charge companies for their consumer app experience, our offering provides organizations with a private, interactive workplace that brings teams together. ”

Insight Timer proves unmatched market value to meditators, ranking above Headspace and Calm in year-over-year user engagement and retention. Over 6,000 companies worldwide use Insight Timer @ Work, including 20% ​​of the Fortune 500. Equinix, Zalora, and Wieden + Kennedy are among more than 60 organizations deploying Insight Timer @ Work Business Plan. For $ 99 per month, business admins can sign up in minutes and access a customer engagement and success dashboard.

About Insight Timer

Insight Timer is the world’s largest online meditation community with 20 million meditators and 12,000 teachers and musicians. It is ad-free and offers the largest and most diverse free and unlimited library of mindfulness content: 115,000 guided meditations, lectures and music in 50 languages ​​across secular, scientific, spiritual and religious beliefs. Free live lessons and community discussion groups connect meditators to discuss, recommend content, and meditate together in real time. Insight Timer teachers can offer courses and workshops for purchase and 50-90% of the income goes to the teacher.

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Pair Demystifies Mindfulness – One Podcast at a Time | New Tue, 30 Nov 2021 04:58:11 +0000

When one door opens, another… opens? This was the case for University of Calgary alumni and current graduate students Justin Burkett and Julia Imanoff, who found space and inspiration to support their nursing community during the pandemic through group mindfulness sessions.

The two thank the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Dr. Sandra Davidson, PhD, for leading the charge on a faculty-level mental health strategy, allowing new initiatives to flourish. This, coupled with support for the UCalgary Campus Mental Health Strategy, inspired nurse practitioners to create an eight-episode podcast on mindfulness and mindfulness meditations.

Title Get out of reactivity, the series is informed by Burkett and Imanoff’s experiences as registered nurses. “Stress and burnout are very high in our profession, even before COVID,” says Imanoff, MN’16. Those who work in helping professions, teaching and learning environments, or really anyone who is very stressed or very responsive, she says, may find the meditations featured in the podcast favorable.

By working with Burkett, BN’14, GCert’20, GCert’21, the two hope to build resilience in their communities and beyond.

Addressing the Benefits and Misconceptions of Mindfulness with Science

Research continues to intensify on the benefits of mindfulness, happier moods, Better sleep and lower stress levels, To weightloss and cancer cure.

However, Burkett acknowledges that “mindfulness” may have become an overused and misunderstood word. “Some people have visceral reactions and can be completely put off by it,” he says. But Burkett wants to dispel those judgments so that more people can have the opportunity to enjoy his benefits.

It is not a religion; it is not even “doing nothing”. It is an active process of training the mind in a technique.

This training of the mind can be understood literally, with studies confirmation of physical changes happens to certain structures of the brain.

Imanoff finds proof of this in his own life. “People notice different things about you,” she says. “People will say, ‘What are you doing for a living? You look different, you feel different. ”

During her final year of a master’s in nursing, Burkett, a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, found that students who practice mindfulness have better interactions with patients. “I notice that the therapeutic relationship is completely changing,” he says.

Stressful environments, the helping professions lend themselves to mindfulness meditation

The meditations featured in the podcast have been identified by Burkett and Imanoff as those that are suitable not only for the helping professions, but also for anyone experiencing stress.

“You are always learning new skills,” Imanoff explains of the sense of constant giving that the helping professions have. “Even the first time a student gives medicine, it’s so stressful for him; they don’t want to hurt. The constant state of stress can really do a lot for our nervous system, and you can see these people with high states of reactivity.

“Build resilience; team working; work in a high acuity situation, constantly learning new skills; a job where you are constantly under stress … This idea of ​​getting out of the reactive space and being more present with teammates and patients is in everyone’s interest.

Focus, clarity and a sense of grounding, explains Burkett, are central principles of mindfulness meditation.

“For anyone to be able to focus more, see more clearly, and be okay with what’s going on, these are skills that are extremely beneficial in our environments,” he says. “It also goes with growing compassion. You have more patience to listen and absorb what is around you… it is rejuvenating. And you, in turn, can make better choices. “

Decide if mindfulness is right for you

Imanoff and Burkett took care when creating their podcast to recognize that everyone came from different backgrounds and understandings.

“We have to be careful, because not all meditations should be done without a teacher or without guidance,” says Burkett. “Some meditations can trigger a reactive state, but the ones we have for this podcast are intentionally designed for those who may be new to the practice and who wish to be guided smoothly to progress at their own pace. ”

They see their podcast as one tool in a toolbox. “Mindfulness is an opportunity to reflect. It’s an audio podcast, not a therapy session, ”explains Imanoff. “Depending on where people are on their meditation journey, mindfulness presents itself in different ways for different people.”

Burkett found that practicing mindfulness supported his own periods of anxiety and depression. “It had a huge impact on my life, how I feel about myself, the way I interact with people,” he says. But, “You can use mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention, but that’s not exactly what we do. If you are continuing the journey you may want a teacher or a seated group.

Imanoff and Burkett don’t want others to feel guilty about not starting the practice right away.

Sometimes it’s a matter of timing

Introduced to mindfulness meditation during a very stressful time in her life, even Imanoff was skeptical at first. “I had two kids under the age of two (and I was a) graduate student, full-time teacher; what five minutes did I even get? But I did, ”she says. “And now I sit for a minimum of 10 minutes because the perks make me more productive, less responsive to my kids. It bleeds into all aspects of my life.

“You may not be ready for meditation yet. If you’re willing to give it a try, it looks different than when you force it. I know that during a time of high stress my initial response to meditation was very different from when I was ready and willing to really try. But it’s not for everyone.

Burkett says that practicing mindfulness can be done anywhere, for any length of time. “It doesn’t even have to last five minutes,” he says. “In the (last) episode we’ll be talking about integrating into everyday life. While you’re in the elevator brushing your teeth, find 10 seconds every so often throughout the day.

The eight-part podcast, Get out of reactivity, publishes episodes weekly and is available on most major podcast players.

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Take short breaks for exercise and stress relief at work – NewsGram Tue, 30 Nov 2021 04:56:18 +0000

By Shraddha Iyer

With everyone’s busy schedules, we don’t even notice how fast a day goes by and our health suffers. How do you fit yoga into your daily routine with such a busy schedule, and what can you do?

For all the workaholics, here are some simple and effective yoga techniques to get in shape. It only takes 15 minutes and you don’t even have to leave the house. These asanas can be performed from where you are sitting and during short breaks from work.

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Sukha Purvaka Pranayama

This pranayama is effortless breathing that focuses on deep breathing in each section of the lungs, as the name suggests. The emphasis is on the retention of internal and external respiration.


– Simply inhale for 4-6 counts, filling the lungs.
– Hold your breath, ideally for the same number, or it can be as long as you can.
– Exhale for 4 to 6 beats, holding your breath for the same time or as long as you can.
– This ends a round.
– You can start with 10 rounds and increase the repetition with practice.

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This pranayama is excellent for increasing lung capacity thereby improving the oxygen level in the body as well as the myriad of benefits it can bring to mental and physical health. As a result, concentration at work is a boon for all workaholics, isn’t it?

These asanas can be performed from where you are sitting and during short breaks from work.Unsplash

Garudasana chair

The eagle position, also known as the Garudasana chair, is a balancing pose. You will feel a stretch in your shoulders, upper back, and thighs as you perform this sitting position in your office chair. This stretch will relax your body and is a great way to unwind after a long day of work.


– Sit on the edge of the chair with your feet on the floor.
– Inhale to bend the elbows and open the arms.
– Breathing out, bring the right knee to the left.
– Send the right toe to the back of the calf muscles. At the same time, bring the left elbow under the right and strike one or two blows on the palms.
– Stay in this pose for 3 to 5 deep breaths.
– You can repeat it on the other side.


This pose is excellent for stretching the posterior chain of the body with the triceps.

It’s great to increase focus and release anxiety.

Pawanmuktasana chair

The Sanskrit words Pawan means air, Mukta means free and asana means posture, so the Pawanmuktasana (throttle pose) chair is derived from it. This position is beneficial for your digestive system, thus relieving the discomfort we usually feel after our lunch break, which interferes with our work.


– Sit on the edge of the chair with your spine extended and your feet on the floor.
– Inhale and bend the right knee and squeeze the right tibia as you exhale, reducing the distance between the abdomen and the thigh.
– Stay here for 3-5 breaths and with each exhale continue to lengthen the spine and press the thigh towards the abdomen.
– Repeat the same on the other leg. You can practice this 3-5 times and increase the repetitions with practice.


This asana improves and regulates digestion and helps release excess air in the digestive system.

It also helps strengthen the core muscles and aids in weight loss.

An old man exercising while sitting in a chair

Now you have great yoga practices at your disposal to stay healthy on the fly. These are easy to do and can be done anywhere and anytime. Unsplash

Vakrasana chair

The Vakrasana Chair, also known as the Half Twisted Pose, is a practice most of us do unconsciously because it feels so good. Back discomfort is relieved and side fat is reduced when you twist on both sides. If you are working out for long hours, this is a perfect asana to do every 2-3 hours.


– Sit on the edge of the chair with your feet on the floor, knees and ankles aligned.
– Inhale, raise your hands and, while exhaling, turn to the right with the right hand on the head of the chair and the left hand on the outside of the right thigh.
– Use the resistance of your hands to press the right shoulder back to bring the shoulders into a single line.
– Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths and with each inhale, lengthen the spine and turn deeper with each exhale.
– Repeat the same on both sides. You can repeat this asana 3-5 times and slowly increase the repetition with practice.


This pose is like a boon to your spine, it helps keep the spine healthy and flexible.

It also helps improve digestion and keeps internal organs healthy.

Paschimottanasana chair

The Paschimottanasana Chair (Forward Bend Sitting Pose) is a stretch that targets your back and hamstrings while stretching your entire body. When you are in this position, your mind and body feel comfortable. Your body’s blood circulation relaxes you and gives you the energy you need to get back to work with a clear mind. You won’t have to worry about belly fat as it concentrates on the core.


– Sitting on the edge of the chair, straighten your legs as much as possible and keep your heels on the floor.
– Inhale to raise your arms, exhale to the hinge of the hip while keeping your back straight and bend as far forward as possible. If this is too difficult, one can also simply bend forward with the knees bent.
– Stay here for 3-5 breaths and try to deepen the crease with each exhale.
– Repeat this 3 times and with practice, increase the repetitions.


This pose helps stretch the back muscles and improves the functioning of the digestive system.

It is perfect for releasing anxiety and bringing you to a very calm state of mind.

Alternatively, you can use our SARVA app. Many soundtracks for relaxation and guided meditation are available on our app and accessible anytime, anywhere. Now you have great yoga practices at your disposal to stay healthy on the fly. These are easy to do and can be done anywhere and anytime. Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from being healthy; instead, apply these tips and take the first step now.


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Music, inspiration for Christmas at the Lutheran Church of Peace Mon, 29 Nov 2021 15:51:00 +0000

Take the time to connect with yourself and with the true Christmas spirit by listening to music and inspirational words starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, December 1, 8 and 15, at the Lutheran Church of Peace near the Grass Valley town center.

Peace Lutheran Church offers a time of music and meditation to nourish you and help you see a world receiving hope, a world waiting to find healing and wholeness, a world finding joy even in the most weary of times. , a world at peace inside and out.

You will be thrilled by a variety of special music, including performances by the famous Walt Strony on the magnificent and new Allen organ; the Bells of Peace hand bell choir; local musicians Phil Richardson, Toby Thomas Rose, Martha Brown and Judy Bromley; and singers Anne Vaaler, John Simon, Judy Kenney, Eric Howe and Carrie McDowall.

These moments of music and in-person meditation mark the Advent season, as we prepare for the Christmas present. Masks are mandatory.

More info on or contact the Lutheran Church of Peace office at 530-273-9631

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Take the time to connect with yourself and with the true Christmas spirit by listening to music and inspirational words starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, December 1, 8 and 15, at the Lutheran Church of Peace near the Grass Valley town center.
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