Posted on

Taking Oprah’s lessons to heart

Hello world!

It has been nearly 2 years since I started walking down the path, which was lit brightly by Oprah, and this is a spiritual path. Before coming to that path, I had no mental concept of God, let alone having a relationship with God.

And after watching hundreds of videos on spiritual matters (many of which are those of Oprah’s of course), shared most of them on my sweet blog and seen how my inner and outer worlds keep changing, now all I want is to get more of this good stuff called God.

tenor

As you know, religions personify God and refers to God as “him”, but the God that I have grown to know includes he, she, it, they, us and all, and also resides in all living and non-living beings including the air and the space. In short, I have grown to know that God is the energy behind all existence.

And at this point, God‘s existence in my life is on-and-off. Continue reading Taking Oprah’s lessons to heart

Posted on

“Qi” Energy revisited

Late in December of last year, I came across the concept of “Qi” energy for the first time. And today, deciding to develop my skill to self-heal myself through balancing my energy lead me back to further exploration of “Qi” energy. And here is the great video I watched on that. 1

As you see, the video seems to be a really old one and the men appearing in the video seems to be from the first round of Westerners, who must have gone to learn about “Qi” energy. And the man in the video sounds totally skeptical of the existence of “Qi” energy.

But I believe in the existence of “Qi” energy and the question for me is notDoes Qi energy really exist?“, but “How can I learn to regulate and balance my Qi energy?

And what’s your opinion/attitude on this topic?

Taichi-Form-66615

Feel good! 

Bella

Posted on

Selfie Singing

So I am going strong in my singing class and here I would like to share my selfie singing experience with you. The chanting below was part of our warm-up exercise tumblr_mdyjknvxyo1qg8j6to1_5002in the last class and it was a great fun as you see.

And the real song that we sang before I left early was below. The challenge with this one was that the song lyrics wasn’t handed out to us. So we had woman-singing-on-musical-notes-animated-gif-clrto memorize the lyrics by ear. And me being a visual person, rather than audible, it was a little challenge for me to memorize the text and you will hear that in my singing. Nevertheless, the song was great and I loved every minute of singing it.

Feel good! 

Bella

Posted on

Emotional & Expressive Dance

When I started my dance training with Kelechi, the first hurdle I needed to overcome was memorizing choreography steps…

You think that math is a difficult subject to learn? 

I tell you, dance choreography is way harder! At least for me…

With math problems, you have specific formulas. Then you have textbooks to practice similar problems. Then those practice problems have solutions at the end of the book. And if you are lucky like me, you have a parent to explain you the whole thing when you’re stuck with a problem at home.

But with the dance choroegraphies I am learning, there is nothing! No resource whatsoever to practice after class … It would have been better if Kelechi let us videotape him do the choreography at the end of the class. But there is no chance for that! Not even a water bottle is allowed to enter the practice room. Sounds too strict? Well, that’s how it is unfortunately…

And being outspoken, I expressed the need to videotape his choreography so that we could practice at home. But the last time I asked, he said “I need dancers who can learn the steps in a short time and be able to come up on a stage and perform.” But then the question I had in my mind was “What about those of us who are dancing just for the fun of it? Not everyone has a dream or goal to perform on Commerzbank Arena!!!”

Now you must be thinking, “Why didn’t you say that also?” Well, I didn’t because he just won’t listen! He already seems to be annoyed by the “constant distractions” I create in the practice room by asking unnecessary questions from him or asking my peers questions when I should have asked him.

But you know, the problem for me is that the most of the training is conducted in German, so many times I am out of touch with what’s going on in the group. Then I have to ask a near person before I am way too far off. And that’s called “distraction”. Very nice!

Anyway, now after about 2 months, I have gotten OK (meaning far from good) with memorizing choreography steps. But before I get a chance to get good at it, now I see that I have a new hurdle to overcome. And that is expressing emotions and statements through the dance moves.

Today, in the class, there was one new woman who was beautifully in touch with the music and expressed it through her dance moves and it was a beautiful scene to watch. And after class, I asked her if she has danced before and as it turns out she danced with one of Kelechi’s students 10 years ago. Then I thought, “No wonder why you didn’t struggle with memorizing steps…” (The muscle memory is still there, I mean). But the amazing thing is that she said it was her first time ever to be encouraged to express music and emotions through dance and she excelled in it. So we look forward to seeing her again!

And to share it, this week I had a similar discovery moment too. But before I share it, I would like to give a little background first. And that is, if you have read my earlier story or have heard me say, I often self-promotingly say “I can dance!“. But as much as I self-promotingly say “I can dance!“, I often self-depreciatingly say “I can’t sing!” The freshest instance is from yesterday, see below Wechat exchange of mine:

Screenshot_20160506-231529

Having had such a background, I was so amazed at the beautiful experience I had at my very first singing attempt 2 days ago. There was no authority figure telling me what to do or what NOT to do. The class started with a warm-up exercise (I never knew warm-up exercises existed for singing!), after which my voice suddenly felt so smooth and I seemed to have gotten into a singing gear (gear as in a car gear).

And then I took off with a flying start with the singing. Interestingly, I didn’t get self-conscious about my voice at all. It seemed as irrelevant as my legs are for singing. Strange, isn’t it? I think that magic happened because I was enjoying my being there, the music and the group so much that I forgot to think about my voice.

And to make it even better, they let me record our singing as much as I wanted. See below example:

The clearest voice you hear is mine, of course, as I was recording on my phone. When I hear it, my voice sounds SO IMPERFECT. But you know what? I don’t care!!! I don’t care ’cause I enjoy singing this song so much! I am so glad that I was allowed to record this song because they said this song cannot be found on Youtube or elsewhere. 

To make my singing more challenging, the lyrics was written in Spanish and Mayan language. The Spanish I could deal with little effort. But the Mayan language was something unique! They have some strange-sounding words. Hear them here. finger-pointing-down-animation-gif

And the best thing about this singing experience was that emotions were pouring out of my chest as I sang. And I didn’t understand a word of Spanish or Mayan, you know! Yet, I could feel the song and the emotions poured out. And when they did, it had a very healing and freeing effect on me. So I look forward to going there next Thursday again!

Now, coming back to my dance class, I wonder why I haven’t felt like that yet (let alone having a runners’ high like I had at Flying Steps dance academy). Well, there was one session when I felt really really good. But why doesn’t it repeat often?

So having had no luck of expressing emotions through dance, all I can do is to watch others’ examples to learn from them. See below video, where the dancers are supposedly creating magic on the stage (I am saying “supposedly” because when I watch it, I don’t feel what the judges have felt).

So to finish the story, expressing emotions through singing and dancing was the artistic exploration of the week and I look forward to next week for further exploration. And in case you’d like to sing “Ruiseñor” along with us, here is the lyrics for you. finger-pointing-down-animation-gif

20160507_000543

Feel good! 

Bella

 

Posted on

My Message to J.K.Rowling

This morning, while waiting for my breakfast to arrive, I happened to press on my Twitter app and the first thing I saw was the above twit of J.K.Rowling that said “I wish I could just favourite emails instead of answering them.”

And without hesitation, I sent her the above reply, and the next moment a thought shot in my mind: “Why don’t I myself LIKE my favorite messages and emails about our blog?”

Then I got too excited about the idea, couldn’t even wait to finish my breakfast. Continue reading My Message to J.K.Rowling

Posted on

Joining Kiwanis Club

The first time I was posted on a public magazine was volunteering at the Pancake festival which Kiwanis Club of Salisbury, NC organizes every year. Today I officially joined the club.

IMG_6879  kiwanislogo

Who We Are:

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world 

one child and one community at a time.”

  • Kiwanians are men and women banded together to make their communities better places in which to live.
  • Kiwanians perform community service beyond the capability of government. They work collectively or through committees. They attend regularly scheduled meetings for fellowship and inspiration. They serve because they want to serve. Kiwanis makes it possible.
  • Kiwanians work with young people and senior citizens; they solve community and social problems; they provide support for spiritual and patriotic endeavors.
  • Kiwanis’purpose is “service to Youth, Community, and Nation.” The clubs are called “Service Clubs” – a phenomenon of the 21st century.
  • Kiwanis ranks are open to all men and women of good character; the cost is nominal; the reward in personal satisfaction is great.
  • Kiwanis clubs are located around the world.

Here is more information about Kiwanis International.

Posted on

Home is where the heart is – 03.27.16

IMG_6547

First I read this article “Home is where the HEART is” :D. I did what I do well, “Translation”. Or “Saw what I wanted to saw” 😉

But the original article was about a lovely story about a fireplace.

On below is almost 80 percent of the whole article.

A fireplace makes a room. 

For some people, a fireplace makes a home. And then there are those who make their own fireplaces.

Step into Traci and Seamus Donaldson’s home on Confederate Avenue and your eyes immediately go to the Carrara marble fireplace and mantel stretching from floor to ceiling.

The white marble expanse dominates the entrance hall and hints at the scale and beauty in the rest of the historic house. But the Donaldsons strive to make it homey.

Continue reading Home is where the heart is – 03.27.16