Got Mummies?

Our class had been exploring ancient Egyptian art before all the chaos in Cairo started, so how timely that our cardboard sarcophagus mummies we just finished would be ready for replacements if any become missing.

Also I just heard that the Philadelphia Art Museum is having a show of Chinese mummies but they couldn’t get them in time for the opening so instead they made cardboard ones as stand ins.

I love it when the collective unconscious seems to be working in sync sometimes.

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Rewards of Practicing Ritual

Ever since I learned the “Brain Dance,” a wake up exercise for mind and body, I have used it successfully in all my classes with great results.

The Brain Dance is an all over body tapping & patting plus I have added some Qi Gong energy opening exercises; using their hot hands to generate a ball of energy that can be moved around.

I find this ritual to be such a great way to focus the class energy as well as center them individually. The returns from this have been so wonderful.

Today one of the parents told me her daughter was feeling her “Energy Ball” in bed last night. And then another student during our quiet drawing time told me she could still feel her energy ball.

It is  such a thrill to see that some of what we give really does sink in.

Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, the BrainDance is a series of exercises comprised of eight fundamental movement patterns that people move through in the first year of life. This “dance” is an excellent full body and brain warm-up for children and adults in all settings. Find out more here.

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