Stuff upcoming and present...and your horoscope!

Begroeting from Amsterdam, Netherlands! 
I’m here doing a teacher training in Kaiut Yoga with my friend Bonnie, who introduced me to this form of self exploration and healing. It has been life-changing, and special to be here learning from Francisco Kaiut, the technique’s founder. 

Many of the buildings here have a slight lean - in all different directions. But somehow they stand, stable. “Because they’re all together,” said Bonnie on a morning walk to class the other day. That’s a metaphor if I ever heard one, and I wrote a blog.
 

Other Learning 

Otter continuing education: I am also pleased to be enrolled in a two-year certificate program called Karuna Training, which was developed out of Naropa University in Colorado. ‘Karuna’ translates to ‘compassion’ and is a therapy technique rooted in Buddhist psychology. 


Yoga Classes

Thursday Restorative Yoga classes will start again after I get back from Amsterdam, the first one being Thursday, June 20th at the Palisades Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. 

Yoga at the Arts Club of Washington will also start up again. Dates and times will be determined soon.

I will be adding new weekly classes as well, with the goal of a morning class and an additional evening class. I will keep a calendar updated online, and summer and fall schedules should be solidified by the end of this month. 


FABUM Sound Bath at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts 

Good Vibrations: our dynamic little ‘moment-making’ non-profit FABUM presents a Sound Bath with Crystal Ashram at the Smith Center for Healing Arts (1632 U Street NW, Washington, DC) on Thursday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. for an enchanting evening of restoration and inspiration. Come relax and enjoy this uniquely designed sound and meditation program, as we allow the ancient frequencies from a variety of ancient Tibetan singing bowls to wash over us and nourish mind, body and spirit. Event is free; RSVP required - please click here. If you haven’t attended one before, this is a great opportunity and I would love to see you. Please get there early to park and find a good place to sit or lie down inside! 


DTSBDC at the Arts Club

I’m looking forward to a special program featuring Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company at the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I “Eye” Street NW) which will take place on Friday, July 12th starting at 6:30 p.m.  This will be a fun evening featuring special performance excerpts from the company’s repertoire that celebrate the musical era of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. Email me with any questions. Dana is the Smithsonian’s first ever choreographer in residence, based at the National Portrait Gallery.
Cocktails and program only: $20; program and dinner: $60. You can RSVP to administrator@artsclubofwashington.org.


Other Dance News

Last month, DTSBDC performed Dana’s “Tracings” to standing ovations at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. This piece tells the story of his family’s immigrationto Hawaii from Korea, and was originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center in 2003. The reprisal on May 4th featured an appearance by his mother, visual artist Anna Kang Burgess, who came to DC for the first time since the original premiere. While here, she also gave an interview to the American History Museum, and spoke about working on a pineapple plantation as a child growing up in Honolulu. The performance and her visit were full of magical moments. 


Below is your horoscope. 

“Nothing remarkable has ever been achieved while having low expectations.”
~ Francisco Kaiut 

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” 
~ Thoreau

Afscheidsgroet from the Netherlands’ capital, thank you for reading, and Namaste,
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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