With deep sadness, we as a community honored one of our recent graduates, Edwin “Bud” Sims. He passed from this earth the evening of Father’s Day. While Bud was a big, bold, beautiful black man, it was the size and availability of his heart that stood out as his most defining feature.
“Bud had one of the biggest hearts ever!” was the most consistent and prevalent comment made when people learned the news of his unexpected death due to congenital heart failure.
Gifts and Graces,
black lives matter,
‘Happy Father’s Day’ does not always seem to fit for some people who had less than an ‘A+’ experience with their fathers. The ‘A’ often stands of Abusive, Abandonment, or Awfully-emotionally-unavailable.
Long ago, I learned to celebrate the lessons my father gifted me as a child of an Alcoholic father. Yes, I have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility; yes, I highly prefer to be ‘in control’, and yes, I tend to ‘do it myself’ because I can predict the results. While I have had to learn to temper and refined all these qualities I inherited as a result of who my father was, in the end, they have served me well.
The last lesson my father taught me has most shaped my life. It is the importance of being able to imagine.
My father’s birthday was June 13 and often fell on Father’s Day. In late December, 20 years ago, my father had just returned from an AA meeting with a burning desire to work the 5th & 8th steps:
Happy Father's Day,
Celebrate Your Dad,
Chose Your Father
It has often been said, one of the worst mistakes a leader can make is to do too little in a time of crisis. While wearing a mask has been something I was hesitant to commit to due to my personal traumas with having my face covered, the time has come for me ... for SWIHA ...to do more to help prevent the widespread increase of coronavirus infections in Arizona.
As of Friday, June 19, 2020 SWIHA will require Face Coverings (e.g., masks, cloth face covering, face shield, etc.) to be worn by staff, instructors, and students when entering the building, walking in the hallways, shopping in the bookstore, and in any communal areas until safe physical distancing can be established within the classrooms.
Prevention of COVID
Using hashtags, also known as the pound sign (#), is a way to create and collect like-minded communication or influence. The little tic-tac-toe looking symbols are used regularly by millions of social media users to turn phrases and words into searchable links. A hashtag is used to unite posts about specific topics and collect those who want to participate in the meaningful conversations wherever they are in the world.
Hashtags are effective. They can be traced back to 2007, to resident of San Diego, California who started appending all his posts with the #sandiegofire. It was intended to inform people worldwide about the ongoing wildfires in the area at the time. His ability to gather people in unity and curiosity was quickly noted by communication and marketing experts.
black lives matter,
Dear Greater SWIHA Community,
As the new reality of social distancing, stay-at-home edicts, and increased pessimism has overtaken the media, we have become more committed than ever to stay energetically close and virtually connected.
Here’s what we are doing:
Dear Great Community of SWIHA,
Please, above all, let us choose to be alert, conscious and calm as we seek to respond to the COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus). Let us not get consumed in doom, gloom or panic.
Like so many other organizations and colleges in the country, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is taking the occurrence of the COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) very seriously. We have consciously chosen to remain calm and cautious.
Health and Safety,
One of my dear friends, Liz Dawn, is celebrating her 25th year of producing Celebrate Your Life events and retreats. I am honored to have participated in these transformative spiritual gatherings where love, adventure, soul to soul connections and radical shifts flow among speakers and attendees alike.
One of Liz’s dreams has always been to share and spread the wisdom of these renowned spiritual teachers with people all over the world. This year, she is making that dream come true by hosting the FIRST EVER Celebrate Your Life Online SOULFEST!
celebrate your life,
In the Chinese tradition, 2020 is the Year of the Rat — which promises lots of happiness, health, overall prosperity.
Tell me now, is summoning a Rat one of the things on your New Year’s To-Do list? Probably not! However, you might want to reconsider any aversions to Rats based on ancient astrological wisdom and Shamanic traditions.
In Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Rat is the first year of a zodiac reset and is an outstanding year for personal and business prosperity. The symbolism of this nocturnal creature is: Adaptability, Business Acumen, Extreme Intelligence, Intuitiveness, Resourcefulness and the ability to Withstanding Public Opinion.
national life coaching month,
Year of the Rat,
Chinese New Year
There is a story told of a guru who was approached by many people wanting to know the secrets of manifestation. He closed his eyes, and so did those saying they were seeking wisdom. The yogi took a deep breath, as did those waiting. After what seemed to be a long time, the wise man opened his eyes and said, “If you want pears, plant pear seeds!” With that, he descended the mountain, leaving some to understand, while many only mumbled in their confusion.
The first Friday in September, over 300 people gathered to listen to Yogi Amrit Desai, one of the few remaining living yoga masters who originally brought over the authentic teachings of yoga in the early 1960’s. Nine years before his arrival, the seeds were planted!
Gifts and Graces,
Some people get messages very early in life that they are destined for greatness. This is the case for Becca Briley. When she was a little girl about eight years old she had a very powerful and beautiful vision. It was no ordinary dream! “It felt so real,” recalls Becca tapping into a very vivid and visceral memory. “Jesus himself appeared to me, at bedside, with the simplest of message: 'You Can Fly.'”
Becca continues: “Even then I knew humans do not fly, yet those three words have served as my life’s marching orders. In the vision, I stepped to my windows ledge and felt the most liberating sense of freedom. I jumped into the wind that carried me to elevations only winged creatures were capable of.”
national life coaching month