Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

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Jiggle Friday!
Cristina Varriale

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

The other day I opened my email, and every single message was something regarding the Coronavirus.  I had the same experience when I scrolled through my social media feeds.  There is no question that we are living in uncertain times.  Unfortunately, the saturation from the media can lead us to believe that all is doom and there is no good in the world.  THIS IS NOT REALITY!  I worry about this saturation and the effect it could be having on people's social and emotional health.  I have heard stories of people becoming afraid to go outside because they are worried they will contract this disease.

All of this negativity reminded me of a friend and former colleague, Bev.  Every Friday, Bev used to take time from her lessons for "Jiggle Friday".  Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude.  Bev continues this tradition and also shares it on social media.  I was inspired to start the same here at Seisen, especially now, when we so need a reminder of the goodness that exists.

I reached out to Bev the other day to ask her about the origins of "Jiggle Friday".  She explained to me that when she was living and working in Taipei, she experienced a very difficult transition.  She found herself complaining all the time and overcome by negativity.  She decided she did not like who she was becoming.  Bev explained to me that a "jiggle" is a little shake or dance, and each day as she descended her five flights of stairs to go to work, she purposefully thought of moments during the week that made her soul jiggle- the sunshine, coffee with a friend, a thoughtful word from a student- and how gradually this practice transformed her spirit and experience in Taipei.

What made you jiggle this week? For me, it was the sunshine, the first sign of blooming trees, and time with loved ones- both remotely and in person. 

 

Why not take a few minutes each day to reflect on the things for which you can feel gratitude?  This can be a great exercise during family dinner.  If you need some help, please check out www.goodnewsnetwork.org.  This website features daily news stories that are positive!  Here are some of my favorites: 

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/politician-helps-pay-medical-debt-for-man-who-sent-racist-tweets/

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/california-governor-donates-300-state-owned-buildings-for-shelters/

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/two-legged-dog-named-lieutenant-dan-could-be-next-cadbury-bunny/

And this is not from the Good News Network, but is one of my all-time favorite feel good stories: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/meet-dindim-the-penguin-who-returns-to-his-human-soulmate-every-year-a6917621.html

Please feel free to share in the comments what made you jiggle this week!

 

Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

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