Tonight's homeopathy documentary, yoga, art and your horoscope

Namaste,

Documentary Screening

Tonight I am hosting a special screening of Canadian filmmaker Ananda More's new documentary "Magic Pills" at the Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Place, NW). This film has not yet been made publicly available, so this is a special opportunity. The 90 minute film will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Promise or placebo? “Magic Pills” explores multiple media campaigns against homeopathy, which propelled the filmmaker to travel the world to uncover whether homeopathy is truly science-based and effective or a mere placebo.
 
Light refreshments will be served.

There is a free parking lot and free street parking. The M4 and D6 bus lines both have stops just blocks away.

Yoga to Warm You Up

Come practice with me! Free Yoga continues! 

DC residents, please register for my free Integrated Restorative Yoga Thursday evenings in the Palisades (Northwest DC off MacArthur Blvd.) at this link: https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/dcwashingtonwt.wsc/search.html?module=AR&fmid=20652291
Non-residents can RSVP through my website.

You can also join me for 'Weekend Awakening' Yoga 10:00 a.m. Saturday mornings at the Arts Club of Washington. I request you make a $10 donation to the organization. RSVP by emailing administrator@artsclubofwashington.org

Monthly Arts Club Dinners

As Programs Committee Chair at the historic Arts Club of Washington, I am vested with curating member evening programs at the former home of President James Monroe. I try to keep them dynamic. There are some good ones coming up. If you ever have interest in attending one of these as my date, the cost of program and dinner is $60. Program only is $20. The evening layout: 6:30 p.m. is cocktail hour; 7:30 p.m. is the program; 8:15 p.m is dinner.

I’m always happy to receive referrals of talented performing artists of all disciplines. 

Below is your horoscope.

With love,
Jameson 
http://jameson.live

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Sharing from an Ashram in the New Year

Greetings from a yogashram outside Mysuru, India...

Quote:

“Vast indeed is the scope of the greatness of the creative basis. All things and all beings originate from it, so it sums up the totality of Nature.”
~ #1 from the I Ching (The Book of Change)

It is 2019, I have some internet access, and I wanted to share a blog post from India. And as usual, your (first 2019) horoscope is below.

Recent post to my blog: “An Ace at the Gate”

“We all have our daily Karma Yoga here, which is our assigned chore. I clean the toilets and showers in our dormitory. Admittedly, when our Karmas were announced at orientation, bewilderment was followed by hope that this was a rotating assignment...before I gulped acceptance.” Read the full post here

Family Birthaversary:

Today is my little (now taller) brother’s birthday. Happy birthday, Little Bro. In this life, I’ll always have a higher number of years. 

Recommendations: 

+Food and drink should always be warming when the weather is cold. 
+Relaxation is essential to a stable sympathetic nervous system...physical and mental health. 
+Know that honesty repels fear. 

Om Shant, Shanti, Shanti Om

With sincerity,
Jameson 

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Solstice sharing

Ahead of this Winter Solstice...

Hello,

Below is info on how to see the visually and emotionally sublime dance "We choose to go to the moon" free this week and next at the National Portrait Gallery, some updates, a meditation, and at the end, your horoscope.

I am leaving for an ashram in Mysore, India on December 13th, returning mid-January. I am going for spiritual learning, and to practice yoga and meditation there. I look forward to sharing some of the experiences.

My father, James Shepherd Freeman III, left his earthly body on the eve of Thanksgiving, November 21st. He was a great teacher, a brilliant mind, and a good and loving father, brother, son, cousin, friend and man. His middle name is apt. I look forward to honoring him with wise choices. 

I know I am quite a trend-setter by doing so, but I am setting some New Year resolutions, and I'm going to share four:

1. Get through resentment - against others, myself and God.
2. Listen to what the body says - about itself and about the world around me - for the body is wise.
3. Create stability and build stamina in order to help others in ways that best serve them and suit my nature. 
4. Be willing to surrender, but never give up my Self.

In addition, I share four prayers for us collectively:

1. May our tolerance for imbalance never be stronger than the weakest among us. 
2. May our acceptance of others be genuine.
3. May we shun those who make it a practice or apply effort into discriminating unjustly against others.
4. May we remember that it is often easier to wage war than maintain peace; that it is often easier to hate or to fear than it is to love; that it is often easier to keep fighting than it is to find common ground; yet the work for good is worth it.


Quote: 

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne


Upcoming Happenings:

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company's We choose to go to the moon will close out the National Portrait Gallery’s special 50th anniversary programming tied to the museum’s 50th exhibition, "One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey" exhibition. The program is also in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s kick-off of year-long programming with events honoring the Apollo missions and the country’s future in space. An aside: my father, a sailer at heart who loved looking at the stars and planets - with and without binocs or telescopes, loved this dance when he saw it premiere in 2015 at the Kennedy Center. 

Inspired by the space race and President Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice University (serendipitously my father's undergrad alma mater ;)) entitled “We Choose to Go to the Moon,” Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company developed this performance in collaboration with NASA. The piece explores the connection between humanity and space, touching upon America’s idealism around the space race, the mystery of the cosmos, and the fragility of life.

We choose to go to the moon received rave reviews and standing ovations when it premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2015. The sound score features interviews between Dana and the late astronaut Bruce McCandless (first man ever to float untethered in space), scientists, and a New Mexico medicine woman. Do not miss this opportunity to see this brilliant dance!

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company at the National Portrait Gallery
Dec. 12th, 15th, 18th, at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
McEvoy Auditorium (enter at G Street lobby)
Select your date and reserve your seats here

Free Thursday Restorative Yoga to continue in 2019 starting January 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center in NW DC. To RSVP: DC residents please create an account with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation here. If you are not a DC resident, you can email or text me. I have so enjoyed practicing with those that have participated in this offering since it launched in October. 

$10 Saturday Morning Yoga to continue in 2019 starting January 19th at 10:00 a.m. at the lovely and historic Arts Club of Washington. Please RSVP through their events page on their website, which will be updated with future classes, or email administrator@artsclubofwashington.org to RSVP that way. A $10 donation to the Arts Club of Washington (check or cash) is requested.  

FABUM will be hosting a rescheduled screening of the documentary "Magic Pills" by Ananda More early in 2019. Details will be forthcoming.


Winter Solstice Leaves Meditation: 
Clear here to listen aloud on YouTube (voice is yours truly), or read a transcription below. 
(If you were at my free yoga class last Thursday, this is from memory as best I can recall of the guided meditation we did that evening.)

Imagine that you are walking, floating...moving through the woods. Most of the trees have shed their leaves, because they no longer need them. Notice how much sky is visible. Sunlight shines through the branches, touching the ground that it is typically sheltered by them. 

Just as we cannot recount every thought, stress or distraction from the last year, nor can we count the leaves. However, we do not question the trees for shedding them, or the wisdom of the earth for knowing what to do with them. We just know it is correct that leaves fall to the ground. 

Imagine each falling leaf is a thought that no longer serves you. Each leaf on the ground is a thought already shed. You do not need to know which thought corresponds to which leaf, you simply trust the process. You allow what no longer serves you to fall from you, to return to the ground, where it will nourish new life. 

While you are aware of the shedding, thanking the leaves for their service, you also become aware of the genesis beneath your feet. The life under ground that the leaves will feed, and that will flourish come spring.

You begin to become aware of a path through the woods - to a clearing, one that may not yet be visible, covered by the fallen leaves. But you trust that the path will be made clear to you when it is correct for you to follow it. 

In the mean time, breathe in love, and exhale peace and gratitude - for the woods, for the earth, for others and for your Self.

Find your breath, and inhale and exhale fully.

Below is your horoscope.

With love,
Jameson

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Things I want to share (and your horoscope) November 2018

Hello,

It feels like a most autumn autumn in Washington. May we nourish ourselves with nature and warming things.   

I hope to see you at some of the events below. Please email with any questions or feedback.

Sincerely,

Jameson


Quote: 

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities," wrote Shunryu 
Suzuki in his book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, "but in the expert's there 
are few."


FABUM documentary screening: "Magic Pills"

I am thrilled that filmmaker and homeopath Ananda More has authorized me to host a screening of her documentary "Magic Pills" on Monday, November 26th at 7 PM at the Arts Club of Washington. The film explores multiple media campaigns against homeopathy, which propelled More to travel the world and uncover whether homeopathy is truly science-based and effective or a mere placebo that endangers lives.

Conversation will be welcomed and encouraged afterwards and refreshments will be served. More information and RSVP at http://magicpillsdc.eventbrite.com


FABUM Bossa Nova Party December 2nd! 

On Sunday, December 2nd at 4:30 PM, FABUM will be hosting a cultural event In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Bossa Nova music. Join us for an evening of Brazilian food, music and more, featuring the JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective.

The JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective—spearheaded by drummer Julian Berkowitz— is a new project paying tribute to Brazil’s unique contributions to jazz music. The JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective is comprised of DC’s top Brazilian jazz artists, including bassist Leonardo Lucini, guitarist Dani Cortoza, saxophonist Michel Nirenberg, and vocalist Elin Kathleen Melgarejo.

From the music of Tom Jobim to Vinicius de Moraes, this program will stimulate the senses and highlight the golden age of the Brazilian songbook. Tickets and more information at http://bossanovaparty.eventbrite.com.


Restorative Yoga Thursdays and Saturdays in DC: 

Thursday evenings at the Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Place NW) from 6:30-7:30 PM, free admission. Please RSVP to . Saturday mornings at the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I (Eye) Street NW) from 10:00-11:00 AM, $10 donation to the Arts Club. Please RSVP to administrator@artsclubofwashington.org or 202-331-7282

I keep an online calendar at http://www.jameson.live/calendar/


DTSBDC Brought Silhouettes to Life at NPG...
 
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company premiered "Silhouettes" at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery October 27th and 30th, a dance inspired by the "Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now" exhibition by Asma Naeem, currently on display through March 2019. The performances and imagery were thrilling, and it is a unique and beautiful dance. Read Arielle Ostry's review in Dance View Times: https://www.danceviewtimes.com/2018/11/a-peek-into-the-dark.html; and see Jeff Malet's beautiful photos in The Georgetowner: https://georgetowner.com/articles/2018/11/04/dana-tai-soon-burgess-brings-silhouettes-life-portrait-gallery-photos/


Below is your horoscope. 

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Upcoming events, yoga classes, and your horoscope

Happy second Tuesday of Autumn!

"The Self is a circle, whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere." 
- Carl G. Jung

I will be offering yoga classes:

*Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm, starting October 4th at the Palisades Recreation Center, located at 5200 Sherier Place NW, Washington, DC 20016. It is a newly renovated space overlooking the woods and the classes are completely free. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your own mat or email me at least 24 hours in advance if you need a mat reserved for you. I have plenty of extra mats however they are stored at my house, so I need to know ahead of time how many to bring. 

*Saturday mornings at 10:00 am, starting October 13th at the Arts Club of Washington, located at 2017 I (Eye) Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. These classes cost a $10 donation to the organization. Same mat rules apply. 

I am starting to keep a yoga and event calendar here: http://www.jameson.live/calendar/

Please join me at these upcoming events:

FABUM will be hosting a sound bath with Tibetan singing bowls - an Autumnal gathering for rejuvenation and creativity on Tuesday, October 9th. RSVP here: https://fabumautumnal.eventbrite.com

The Diplomats of Dance Society will be hosting an evening happy (2) hour(s) from 6:30-8:30pm at the Darlington House in Dupont Circle on Monday, October 22nd ahead of the premiere of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company's "Silhouettes" at the National Portrait Gallery (October 27th and 30th). Mingle with other dance fans and arts-interested Washingtonians. Tickets are a donation to the dance company, (a 501c3 non-profit organization) and include hors d'oeuvres as well as a themed 'Diplomat' cocktail. RSVP here: https://silhouettes_happy2hour.eventbrite.com

Below is your horoscope, and may the changing season bring about the bliss of shedding that which is unneeded and nourishing the ground for what is. 

Sincerely,
Jameson

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Updates and Upcoming Things

Greetings from Washington, DC!

Below are some updates and events I want to share...and, at the end, your horoscope!

Sincerely,
Jameson

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Inspirational Quote:
 
“Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved.”
—Sri Swami Satchidananda 
 
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Upcoming...

FABUM
A "FABUM Autumnal" will be a creative gathering held on Tuesday, October 9th from 7-9pm at the Arts Club of Washington to announce the FABUM's new organizational focus and its next performance project. The evening will also be the first in a series of mindfulness-oriented events, and will feature Tibetan singing bowls, which have healing frequencies. This offering will be conducted by Annapolis-based group Crystal Ashram. RSVP at https://fabumautumnal.eventbrite.com, and more info is below.

About the 'offering': 
"Tibetan singing bowls have been used for hundreds of years for their sonic qualities of brain wave entrainment. Since the brain has different types of frequencies that are created during different states of mind, singing bowls allow the brain to cut the 'chatter' and enter into a quiet stillness.
...These benefits have been used from Tibetan temples to western universities to modern corporations for relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, and overall well-being."

We are excited to incorporate this into a FABUM creative gathering. There will be refreshments and a sharing reception following the bowls. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or cushion, if you possess these. Some will be available at the venue, but supplies are limited. Space is also limited, so this will be an RSVP-only event. We look forward to sharing in this experience and I hope to see you there. More info and RSVP here.

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS DANCE COMPANY is currently creating and will be premiering their latest creation "Silhouettes" at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on October 27th and 30th at 6:30pm. The performances are free, but RSVP is required. 

The new dance responds to the exhibition “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” in a poignant modern dance with video by designer Kelly Colburn. After the performance, join Dana and Portrait Gallery Curator Asma Naeem as they discuss the “Black Out” exhibition and Dana’s process in creating "Silhouettes'. Email dtsbdc@dtsbdc.org to secure your seat.

YOGA JOURNEY
Two weeks ago, I completed a workshop with Sumati Govinda, a gifted teacher and disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder of the Integral Yoga school and the Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia. This follows some other trainings I have done in the last year, and has buoyed my desire to practice, learn more about and share meditation and body techniques. In coordination with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, I am excited to be hosting free (free) yoga and mindfulness sessions at the Palisades Recreation Center in NW DC within the next few weeks. These will be for me to learn to teach as much as for others to learn - or just enjoy - to practice, and will be gentle, beginner-level (Hatha) yoga classes with a strong emphasis on breathing, alignment and mind-body awareness. The schedule is still being finalized, so if you're local to DC, plan on passing through, and are interested, send me an email. 

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Recent Happenings...

WEDDING
Congratulations to (new) friends and newlyweds Ari Post and Emma Natalya Stein, who held a beautiful ceremony at Muse Vineyards in Woodstock, Virginia on August 11th. Much love and light! 

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS was awarded the 2018 Paul Ré Peace Prize by the University of New Mexico Foundation on May 24th, in Albuquerque. Dana beautifully delivered a speech at the ceremony, which included a number of acclaimed artists and some of his own dance teachers and mentors. He received the award, which traditionally acknowledges those who can bridge the arts and sciences to promote peace, for his unique storytelling and choreography that he has shared with audiences around the world.

The DANA TAI SOON BURGESS DANCE COMPANY presented three dances at the Kennedy Center, created at the National Portrait Gallery during Dana's residency as the Smithsonian Institution's first-ever choreographer-in-residence. The dances, I am Vertical (inspired by the Sylvia Plath: One Life exhibit), After 1001 Nights (inspired by the Faces of Battle: 9/11 to Now exhibition), and Confluence (inspired by an image from the “Dancing the Dream” exhibition, the first exhibition of American modern dance) exemplify his sublime choreography which poetically delves into the emotional terrain of our shared humanity.

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Stuff I want to share: May-June 2018

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Below are some updates and events I want to share...and, at the end, your horoscope!

Sincerely,

Jameson

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Inspirational Quote:
 
“To live and operate in the world, you may have to identify with something. Play with your identifications – don't let them rule you.”
—Sadhguru
 
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Updates:

IOREX USA
Significant development:
The first US municipal water installation of the IOREX water pipe technology was done earlier this year, with two devices installed on the public water system of Pocomoke City, Maryland as part of a pilot project with the city government. This was an area that had coped with 40+ years of discolored/rusty water, including high iron and strong odor. In 15 days there was a drastic improvement in the water clarity. Now less than three months since installation, not only is the water cleared but residents are experiencing a marked difference in taste and smell. Water testing by the city public works department as well as the Maryland Department of Environment show bacteria levels reduced to non-detectable, and iron levels decreasing as well. The local ABC station covered the installation, and did a follow up story about residents’ relief at the improved water quality.

Why is this important? Because water is our most vital resource. And because our current methods of dealing with the aging water infrastructure in this country are not working. They are outmoded, often using chemicals or controversial pipe linings, and require extensive labor and often unaffordable price tags, thus leaving many communities to 'bandaid' ongoing issues without ever addressing the root cause of the problem.
 
I am excited to be Head of Development for, and help in launching IOREX USA alongside my friend and CEO Julie Koo. We have been working hard for over a year to introduce a much-needed, innovative and proven technology for water infrastructure in the United States and North America. This is a device that has been widely used for over 20 years in South Korea where it was developed, as well as other countries in Asia, but had not been available here in the States, until now.
 
Since IOREX USA launched, the device has been installed in buildings across multiple US states - from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania to New York, as well as a small community in Canada. It is an energy-neutral, chemical-free technology that prevents corrosion and deterioration of water pipes, as well as kills bacteria and eliminates build up and issues associated with hard water. Most exciting to me is the number of issues that it addresses, the fact that it requires no maintenance after installation, and that it is a near-permanent solution (we know it is effective for at least 20 years)!

The big goal: that this will save municipalities across the country from the high costs and disruptions of public water pipe replacement, as well as keep water - and people - safe from the potential dangers of aging or neglected infrastructure without the use of chemicals or wasted public funds.

If you are aware of a community that could benefit, please send me an email. You can visit IOREXUSA.com for more information.


DANA TAI SOON BURGESS will be awarded the 2018 Paul Ré Peace Prize by the University of New Mexico Foundation for bridging communities around the globe through choreography.

We are currently here in Dana's hometown of Santa Fe and heading to Albuquerque tomorrow, May 24th, where Dana will receive the prestigious award, which traditionally acknowledges those who can bridge the arts and sciences to promote peace. 

From the UNM News Desk:

"The winner of the 2018 Peace Prize in the general category will be Dana Tai Soon Burgess for his work as an acclaimed choreographer, performance artist, and cultural figure.
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Burgess promotes peace and harmony through his art form of dance and his beautiful, innovative choreography. For 25 years, he has worked on projects across the globe as a teacher and a performer engaging audiences and forming friendships around the world. He believes that finding connections between cultures and artists is a key to peace and diplomacy."

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Events: 

FABUM
 
Now in its fifth season, the nonprofit FABUM continues with its mission to engage and connect individuals and communities around unique forms of self-expression. As founding artistic director, I am excited for new iterations the organization may have in the near future. Below are two unique, upcoming performance events:
 
Le Salon: 3 Short Plays in May
Thursday, May 31, 2018
7:30 PM  9:00 PM
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I (Eye) Street, NW, Washington, D.C., the former James Monroe House.
 
Three 10-minute plays in an immersive ‘Salon’ format with hors d’hoeuvres and libations. Michelle Washington, founder of MMQ, will direct three 10-minute plays: The Story of Our Lives by Madeleine Butler; A Rustle of Wings by Linda Einstein; and Escaping the Funhouse by Tess Light. Guests will be greeted with libations and hors d’oeuvres. ‘Refilling breaks' between each play will allow mingling and the opportunity to enjoy the original work of local and international artists on display throughout the Arts Club.

Yours truly will be playing a part in Tess Light's play. :)
 
More info and ticket link here.

19: A Musical About Women Winning the Right to Vote
Saturday, June 9, 2018
7:00 PM  9:00 PM
The Arts Club of Washington
 
This is an extraordinary work and effort in progress. It is a privilege to be able to present 19, written and directed by Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw, with music composed by Charlie Barnett on June 9th.

19 is the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, the suffragists and their fight to get women the right to vote— the 19th Amendment. The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, spoken word, dance and audience interaction. June 9th at the Arts Club of Washington, the newly revised Act I, including all 19 songs with piano accompaniment, will be presented! Don't miss this unique opportunity to see how "the musical sausage is made." Witness the creative process and be a part of something truly extraordinary!

(This is a “staged reading” workshop. There will also be a Q&A with the creators after the performance!)
 
More info and ticket link here.

 
DANA TAI SOON BURGESS DANCE COMPANY

If you have not already, get your tickets now for “Portraits” at the Kennedy Center!

Do not miss this opportunity to experience something beautiful, truly special, and relevant for the field of modern dance! 

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company made history recently as the Smithsonian Institution's first dance company in residence, creating dynamic dance works from exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery.
 
On Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th at the Kennedy Center, the company presents three new dances created at the National Portrait Gallery during Dana's residency as the Smithsonian Institution's first official choreographer.
 
The dances, I am Vertical (inspired by the Sylvia Plath: One Life exhibit), After 1001 Nights (inspired by the Faces of Battle: 9/11 to Now exhibition), and Confluence (inspired by an image from the “Dancing the Dream” exhibition, the first exhibition of American modern dance) exemplify Burgess's sublime choreography which poetically delves into the emotional terrain of our shared humanity.
 
There have been some wonderful articles and interviews surrounding this residency which expand on the groundbreaking artistic journey it is. Here is a head start to some online.
 
Tickets available through the Kennedy Center.

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