How to know your are not alone? The Spring Report.


Songs for Spring

 

I want to give you something, some music to warm and brighten up this moment. The above tune was written by my Nona Flory Jagoda. The video was shot on a cold winter’s day with my pal Joel Schwartz, videographer Mitch Filion of Southern Souls in the home of artist Rochelle Rubenstein. I hope you enjoy. It is one of two videos. The other one, of the tune Arvoles Lloran, will come out soon.

 

NEWSFLASH- READY TO SING 

GROUP CLASSES SPRING EDITION BEGIN IN APRIL

Join together with a group of fellow adventurers to explore breathing, yawning, sighing into sound riding on breath into group improvisation in song.

When: Thursdays 7-8:45 April 6, 13, 20, 27

Where: 204 College Street, Makom

How much: Sliding scale $100-$130

Registration: by email and secured once e-transfer is received

 

THE INTENTIONAL CARE AND LOVING OF OTHER BEINGS IS AN ANTIDOTE TO HATE, A VALID AND VITAL FORM OF PROTEST.

This winter has been a study in many things including the experience of pain, patterns of isolation and learning to listen to my body. It is five weeks since my first surgery. This was my write up of the surgery experience itself at 8 days.

Healing happens in anything but a straight line, forward, forward, backward and down, forward, forward, forward, backward, backward. I have been given a diagnosis of Endometriosis. I know, what is that anyways and how is that I didn’t really know about it when 1 in 10 women have the diagnosis?

Pain is problematic, which may seem like an obvious statement but let’s break it down. Pain is hard to communicate and hard to understand. It requires both endurance and surrender.  So many people have pain, both the physical and the emotional kinds, mostly suffering which we cannot see or make better with a salve. So what do we do for each other? How can we help each other out of the habitual isolation, out from any dark holes into which we may fall? Softening helps. This is a quote from my favourite podcast “On Being” “….in Irish, when you talk about trust, there’s a beautiful phrase from West Kerry where you say, Mo sheasamh ort lá na choise tinne,” “You are the place where I stand on the day when my feet are sore.” “And that is soft and kind language, but it is so robust. That is what we can have with each other.” Pádraig Ó Tuama

A dear friend whose cherished grandmother recently died, gathered a close circle of friends with whom to tell stories and sing. A Sephardic storyteller I just met joined with two musicians to share an evening of his family Ladino stories with a warm audience at a house concert. Sharing and receiving stories, music and food in community this winter have been helpful moments of nourishment. We have to keep finding ways to reach out of our own isolation and to reach in to those who are sitting alone in the dark. We don’t need to know how to make it better, we just have to be willing to sit down and be still in the presence of what is.

We need not be alone when ‘our feet are sore’.

 

 

THANK YOU
To all who came out to the Multifaith Mysticism Event during Multifaith Harmony Week.
It followed the murders of six muslims in Quebec. It was a time to gather to put hands on hearts and breath together into the brokenness.

THANK YOU

To all who joined us for the Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert. “You got me singin’ even though the news is bad.”

With the Barrel Boys and Lori Cullen

 

THANK YOU
To all who joined me and my sister collaborator Sheniz Janmohamed, the many women whose art was displayed, the founder of Shema and Iqra Shari Goldberg and Evelyn Tauben and Fenster, in the most satisfying creative conversation I have been a part of to date. The evening was a revelation, a revelation about collaboration, presence, practice and about challenging both form and the bounds of what we may be used to talking about in public. Here is to more, more, more of these kind of conversations.

 

UPCOMING

Recording: Leonard Cohen

Recording and Filming: A surprise Christmas tune in a surprise Chinese restaurant

Singing Yiddish: In the remount of the Jewish Radio Hour

Teaching: Voice to the Teacher Trainees at Octopus Garden Yoga Studio

Teaching: Singing as sacred practice at Makor Or Retreat in San Fran

Teaching:  Chant workshop at the Mindfulness Conference outside of

San Fran

 

MINDFULNESS PRACTICES ONGOING

 

Neyshev: Let us sit

Morning mindfulness meditation and chanting practice

Presented together with Makom

402 College Street, Toronto

April 7, 14, 21, 28

7:45-8:45 am

Register by emailing Aviva  -  P.W.Y.C.

 

Mindfulness Minyan

Beth Sholom Synagogue

Saturday April 1, May 20, June 10

10-11:30

 

SHAVUOT HALF-DAY RETREAT 

A preparation for the receiving of Torah

with song and silence in community.

May 28. 2017

9am-12pm

Location and fee TBA

Justin Gray and Aviva at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat Centre in the Bahamas.


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