Saturday, March 9, 2019

Passive Balance

I recently saw a flock of live flamingos and I began wondering... "Why do flamingos stand on one leg?" Theories have ranged from conserving body heat to muscle fatigue reduction. But let's explore what happens when a Flamingo Stands on One Leg...

A flamingo's leg is very stable. A flamingo can passively support their body weight on one leg without ANY muscle activity. If fact, it takes more active effort from muscles for the birds to stabilize a two-legged stance than a one-legged one.

Even better, flamingos sway less as they become less active. According to scientists, when the birds close their eyes and fall asleep on one leg, presumably with very little muscle activity, their postural sway is SEVEN times LOWER compared to when they were very active.

This brings us to more interesting questions... can the rules of Passive Balance be applied spiritually? Can we stabilize our lives with the least amount of effort (at least temporarily)?

Many people try to achieve balance through sheer force of willpower and strategy.

But for anyone who achieved a Zen-like bliss while engaging in the Yoga Tree Pose (standing on one foot with the other foot raised and pressing into the inner thigh of the standing leg, while your hands are in prayer pose over your heart) this idea of Passive Balance begins to make more sense.

With practice and patience, the Tree Pose improves posture and focus. You calm your emotions and find your Center and trust yourself to hold the posture with eyes closed. You enter a state of Passive Balance and Flamingo-like Focus. *smile*

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Waves of Life

How do You surf the Waves of Life?  Some waves are little ripples, some pull you into the undertow, and some feel like tsunami level 30 feet waves that can swamp you.

When you are learning to Surf, your surf instructor says:  "Look only where you want to go.  Don't look at where you don't want to go.  Find that sweet spot on the board and Look Forward."

If you look down at the water or the board, you're going to end up in the water.  Kersploosh!

Relax into balance and enter into the stance of the Relaxed Warrior.  Keep your focus on the end result of the land ahead and you have a better chance of a smooth ride.

So keep trying, find that sweet spot, and LOOK FORWARD to riding the waves.  Happy surfing! *smile*

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

10/18 'Care & Feeding of the Soul' class

'Care & Feeding of the Soul' class with Willa

Wednesday October 18th, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Jamestown NY

Just as our bodies need to be fed and nurtured, so does our Soul or our spiritual side. In this class, we will discuss ways to feed the soul regardless of where you are on your spiritual path. Learn about spiritual practices that enhance the Soul and help you connect further with your spiritual self.

Participants have the option to experience the session sitting or if you prefer, participants can bring a yoga mat or towel to class.

Register today with the JCC Continuing Education office at 716-338-1005.  The course meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Jamestown JCC Campus. Tuition is $29.

Hope to see you at class!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

10/11 'Active Prayer' class

Active Prayer class with Willa

Wednesday October 11th, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Jamestown NY

Would you like to learn how our actions and movements can be expressions of prayer?

During this uplifting seminar, participants will learn ways to express active recognition of the Presence of God through Prayer, including some of the techniques of prayer and movement Willa personally uses in her spiritual practice.

Participants may bring a yoga mat/towel to class.  Or you can sit in a chair for some of the examples.

Register today with the JCC Continuing Education office at 716-338-1005.  The course meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Jamestown JCC Campus. Tuition is $29.

Hope to see you at class!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

10/4 Meditation class

Meditation class with Willa

Wednesday October 4th, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Jamestown NY

Would you like to feel peace and transform your perception of yourself in the world?

In this interactive seminar, you will learn the various forms of meditation, practice relaxation, and creative visualization to gain insight into your inner self. Additionally, participants will understand the Mind/Body/ Spirit connection.

Come heal your life through personal transformation as well as discover ways to train the mind and quiet mind chatter during meditation.

Register today with the JCC Continuing Education office at 716-338-1005.  The course meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Jamestown JCC Campus. Tuition is $29.

Hope to see you at class!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Announcing 'Wednesdays with Willa' - Lily Dale Radio Show

So I am beginning a new endeavor!  I have been asked to do a weekly radio show for Lily Dale. 

My focus will be on spiritual development, mediumship, faith, and family!  You and other callers will have the opportunity to call into my show with questions and helpful comments. 

The first show will be this Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time USA.  To listen into the first show, click on here! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Featured Speaker 8-28-2017 at LD Auditorium

On Monday August 28th, I will be the Featured Speaker at the afternoon church service in Lily Dale. 

During the summer season, the afternoon services are held in Lily Dale's historic Auditorium starting at 2:30 p.m. The Auditorium platform has been a place for speakers of spiritual philosophy, social causes, and Spiritualism. Several big names have spoken there - Susan B. Anthony, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and more! I have had the honor of speaking on the summer platform for over a decade.

For those of you who are not familiar with this service, here is a basic outline for this one hour event:
  • Lecture from the featured speaker - on this particular date, I will present a lecture on a spiritual subject.
  • Messages from Spirit - demonstrations of mediumship are presented by the medium (Brenda Hawkins, I believe).
  • Music - songs with live music accompaniment (hopefully from our very historic and beautiful pipe organ)
So there you go - if you are coming to the service, you will share sacred time with me!

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