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“We are lost if we can no longer experience how sweet human beings can be.
Promise me never to forget this.”

- Alice Walker, Sweet People Are Everywhere

 


November 18, 2021

A brief note as we enter a week (next) where people will be gathering with loved ones to share meals and reflections of gratitude. I am grateful, this week, for sweet people. As I navigate yet another challenging week I have taken notice of kindness, graciousness, and people who offer gentleness in otherwise coarse conditions. Further below I share a short video of Alice Walker reading her new children's book, Sweet People Are Everywhere, illustrated by Quim Torres. I saw the book in front of a children's store yesterday afternoon just moments after I had been thinking about the kindness of people. I went into the shop to take a look at the book and the very kind shop clerk told me that I could find a video of Alice Walker reading the book - hence the video below :) Enjoy it. 

Image above right - On that same walk to the children's store, I saw this little doll "resting" at the base of a tree. I took it as a sign to go sit under a tree, soak up the grounding energy of the earth, the sunshine we've had this week, and get some deep rest :). 

*This newsletter is brief as I have been managing the pain of a debilitating headache today. It's quite unpleasant to type and look at the screen but I wanted to get this newsletter out today as I am visiting the North Carolina Museum of Art tomorrow (hooray for art play dates!). 

This weeks classes:
This Sunday we are revisiting Dancing the Spirit of Life: An Embodied Appreciation of our Aliveness and on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, we are revisiting one of my favorite somatic yoga-dance themes, lovingkindness in motion

Taking a break in December - Schedule below
The timeline for my trip to New York to caretake for my sister-in-law is still unknown. It is possible that the cancer treatment may not begin until mid to late December or early January. That said, I am exhausted and am committed to taking December off for much needed and long overdue rest. My schedule is to the right - teaching through Sunday, December 5 (last class of the year) and then on break until January. Next week I will share the Zoom registration links and also more about how you can rent class recordings, if you'd like :). 

Take note that I am teaching both next Saturday and Sunday (11/27 and 11/28).  

Gift certificates:

Several of you have asked - Yes, I have both paper-based and digital gift certificates for tarot sessions. If you would like to gift someone a reading for the holidays ahead, please be sure to email me before December 5th so that I have time to send them to you before I leave for New York. 

Deeply grateful for this community,
Jennifer
 

Schedule Going Forward:
  • Somos Luceros on Sundays at 10AM PDT and
    Saturdays at 10AM ONCE per month - Sat Nov 27
  • Somatic Yoga-Dance on Wednesdays at 4PM PDT.
  • ArcanaDance on specific Saturdays - next one TBA
     

 

Somos Luceros

Somos Luceros is a somatic dance practice designed to illuminate the wisdom of your body and cultivate deep embodiment of archetypal qualities that offer lightness, depth and joy. The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling, opening new chapters in our bodies where we can see and feel our most luminous potential. Release the stories in your body that weigh you down and reclaim your light. In Spanish, Somos means “we are” and Luceros means “bringers of light” or “bright stars.” This name honors my father, my paternal indigenous ancestors in South America, my heritage, and our collective oldest ancestor, the stars. We are dancing bodies of light.

With immense gratitude for your continued support, 
Jennifer

 

Somos Luceros – Dancing the Spirit of Life: An Embodied Appreciation of Aliveness (via Zoom)

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 10:00AM PST 

Time Zones: 10:00AM PST | 11:00AM MST | 12:00PM CST | 1:00PM EST

Pay what you can in exchange for the class experience

Register for class: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIode-rqj0jGtEGCyJGInmpDWJJo0c2n8-T

Join us for Dancing the Spirit of Life – An Embodied Appreciation of Aliveness!

This class is a celebration and appreciation of being in a body and living on land that pulses with life. May we not take this experience of aliveness for granted.

Each song in the Spirit of Life playlist invites us to sense the aliveness and animated spirit in all living things and most importantly, in our own bodies.

The songs are from various Somos Luceros bodies of work and one song from Janice Steinberg’s beautiful routine, Lioness.

The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling. You are invited to receive the choreography, bring it into your body and make it your own.

Somos Luceros is a somatic dance practice designed to illuminate the wisdom of your body and cultivate deep embodiment of archetypal qualities that offer lightness, depth and joy. The dance moves are simple and guided by the language of storytelling, opening new chapters in our bodies where we can see and feel our most luminous potential. Release the stories in your body that weigh you down and reclaim your light. In Spanish, Somos means “we are” and Luceros means “bringers of light” or “bright stars.” This name honors my father, my paternal indigenous ancestors in South America, my heritage, and our collective oldest ancestor, the stars. We are dancing bodies of light.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.

Pay what you can in exchange for the class experience:


Coming Home to Ourselves Dance-Yoga Practice
Movement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Mantra, and Mudra (via Zoom)


Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Class Time: 4:00PM PT – 5:15PM PST

Time Zones: 4:00PM PST, 5:00PM MST, 6:00PM CST, 7:00PM EST

Pay what you can in exchange for the class experience.

*If you are unable to attend class live, please email me to rent the recording.

Register:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpd-ipqDsvG9QW8T86RcYgHwx_vNlYds4r

Coming Home to Ourselves Dance-Yoga Practice is a somatic dance yoga practice that brings together movement as metaphor and the expanse of yoga with the intent to guide us to deeper embodiment beyond the yoga mat.

This practice is about befriending your body and reuniting with it as a sacred beloved and noticing how your mind and body work together to create harmony in your life.

The focus/theme of this class is Metta in Motion.

The word Metta comes from an ancient Indian language called Pali and translates as love or lovingkindness. Metta is most often recognized in an active meditation practice that includes reciting phrases of good wishes, such as “may I be healthy, may you be happy” to the Self and/or others. Within metta is a sincere offering for the care and well being of ourselves and others, including people, plants, animals, ecosystems and the planet.

In our class this week we will bring the practice of metta to our bodies. This practice can be tender and transformative, especially if we are experiencing unease, discomfort, stress, pain and/or disconnection in our bodies. We will consciously infuse each breath, asana (body posture), somatic dance prompt, and mudra, with lovingkindness – sending well wishes to our bodies.

Class is 75 minutes. Wear comfortable clothes to move in. Make sure you have a yoga mat or towel. Feel free to also have a blanket or pillow to sit on for the seated portion of class. 

If you are new to the language I have used above to describe class, here are some simple guiding definitions:
  • What is Movement? For this class it is body postures in motion. We will take simple yoga asanas (poses) and embody them through a dance that blends fluidity and stillness.
  • What is Mindfulness? A quality of focused awareness to the present moment and of our sensations that includes our body, mind, and emotions. 
  • What is Meditation? Various experiential practices and techniques that support mindfulness and focusing our mind and body. 
  • What is Mantra? A sound, word or group of words (such as affirmations) that aid in mindfulness, meditation and focusing the mind and body. 
  • What is Mudra? Hand and body gestures that both ground and move energy in the body. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class/meeting.

Here is the info to make a payment of your choice, in exchange for the class experience: I am YTT 300 certified in the Honor Yoga's Roots cohort via Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute.

 

Access/rent recorded classes
 

Video recordings of previous classes, from Somos Luceros and Coming Home to Ourselves Somatic Dance-Yoga Practice, are available for you to move to at your own time.

Simply make a donation and email me with the class(es) you want to rent. I will then send you the link and password. Click on the images below to be directed to the webpage with the list of class recording options. 











 

Donate and then email me:


 


Tarot Sessions - Please read - Now Scheduling only in 2022


There are no more sessions available in 2021.

I am now scheduling into January and February 2022. 

These sessions are my lifeblood and I so appreciate your continued support in scheduling appointments and referring your loved ones and friends to me. As you know, I don't advertise. All of my client work has been via referral. For that I am immensely grateful. 

To schedule a session, choose the session type at www.jenniferluceroearle.com/tarot-with-me/sessions and email me your questionnaire.

Tarot Consultation Packages
There are several tarot packages to choose from, including options for multiple one hour to two hour sessions throughout a one year window.

Huge thanks to Brooke Lowe Johnson for the photo (top) above! 
Dance with Janice on Saturdays! 



For those of you interested in a Saturday 10AM PDT Zoom class, I highly recommend Janice Steinberg's Nia classes! She is one of our beloved Somos Luceros community members and I dance with her whenever I can. I love her classes and know you will too.  

This Saturday, November 20 at 10AM PDT, Janice is teaching Made Out of Water. This is such a beautiful routine focused on connecting to mother energy with songs about rivers, oceans, and holy flow. 
 
To join Janice's Saturday Nia classes (10AM PDT), email her to get on her mailing list. She sends the Zoom link for class via email on the day of class. And like my classes, Janice's classes are donation-based as well.

Email Janice atjanicesteinberg@cox.net
 

Somos Luceros Community Member Offerings


Two beloved friends and community members have offerings that I would love to share with you. These are two incredibly sweet people in my life that I am deeply grateful to know and love. 
 

A Free Mini-Course on the Old One with Joanna Powell Colbert


Sign up: https://joannapowellcolbert.com/free-resources/free-ebooks/the-old-one-free-mini-course/

After spending a few months immersed in the wise and bountiful archetypal world of the Hermit, I have been thoroughly enjoying this free 5-day mini e-course with Joanna on the season of the Old One - the Crone.

A bit more about this free offering - from Joanna:
"You probably know that She presides over the mysteries of aging, death, and endings — the endings that lead us into a liminal space between the completion of one cycle and the beginning of another. 
 
We’ll explore these themes:
- The Ancestors Are Afoot
- She Waits for You (On Aging)
- She Who Gives Death
- Let It Be Enough
- The Holy Hush of Night

I'll invite you to read my musings and respond to a journal prompt each day (you can respond by writing, tossing a tarot card, making art, dancing, or taking your questions out to the land — whatever works best for you). If you'd like to share with others, you’ll be invited to join a Mighty Networks circle set up just for this mini-course.
 
This mini-course is a glimpse — just a taste — of my upcoming year-long course, 'Walking the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Seasonal Rhythms of our Lives.' When registration opens for the year-long course on November 19th (Full Moon in Taurus!), I hope you'll choose to join us." 

To sign up: https://joannapowellcolbert.com/free-resources/free-ebooks/the-old-one-free-mini-course/
 


Facing Our Darkness Meditation with Khirin Bhatti


Meditation link: https://www.brownswell.com/facing-our-own-darkness

My dear friend and creator of Brownswell, Kirin Bhatti, has created such a beautiful and bountiful offering on dancing with darkness. This link includes a free (for now) 20 minute meditation on facing our darkness. In addition, there is a link to her online course that is filled with tools and resources to help us develop essential grace and ground in our bodies, heart and roots in these difficult times. 

Course info: https://www.brownswell.com/dancewithdarkness
 

Mary Lenox's Poetry


Following is the poem Mary wrote and shared with us after Dafney's Dancing Freedom of Expression to the music of Prince class this past Sunday, November 14. 

Breath of Life 
 
There is an invisible Spirit
Beyond skin and bone
Within you and me
Wherever we may roam

I live by that presence
The source of all there is
Filling me with love
Breath by breath

The space between 
Inhaling and exhaling
Offers a moment of stillness
Inviting rest in the arms of faith

Some day
When I breathe my last breath on planet earth
I will journey onward Into the mystery 
Free of worldly circumstances

I whisper a song of gratitude
For the glorious breath of life
Renewing my body, mind, spirit
Here and now

©Mary F. Lenox, 2021
  San Diego, CA

To join Mary's email list: mflenox69@gmail.com 
 

Alice Walker Reading “Sweet People Are Everywhere”

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