Storytelling to Uplift Others

This Week in Peace chronicles the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week there was a serendipitous dance remembering the King of Pop and we can learn a simple technique to increase our own wellbeing.

Greetings and thanks for reading! This Week in Peace is a work that is devoted to the lively art of storytelling. It is a treasured and time-honored way for human beings to pass down the ways of wisdom. Each of us has stories that describe our experiences in life. May we choose the very best ones for sharing and use them to uplift others!

Tuesday’s Dance of Peace was particularly eventful! Friends transformed themselves into a functioning camera crew to capture the dance, the audience and the spontaneity happening that day. Because of this or in spite of it, more people chose to participate in the dance this day! When people are moved to contribute their efforts, a portion of the overall purpose of the Dance of Peace is fulfilled. That purpose of bringing us together in the spirit of peace.

One story that must be told due to its sheer unlikelihood is that of Andy, a cyclist who was riding by on San Carlos Street. As soon as he saw the dance he parked his bike and exclaimed, “You're here!” His excitement coupled with the obviousness of his statement made us chuckle in tandem. He then produced a single, pristine white glove from his pocket and started dancing like Michael Jackson! Everyone present was stunned and delighted by his heartfelt effort and skill. The serendipity of this moment amazed us. Did he carry the glove all the time or was today special somehow? After we danced, Andy revealed how sad he was when he first learned that the King of Pop had passed away. The glove was a tribute to his art. He was remembered fondly that day, which is the heart of a healthy afterlife. 

While on the subject of health, let's address perhaps the most widespread New Years' resolution of all: The goal to create a healthy body and lifestyle. Has this been a challenge? Did the dawning of February see us give up? If so, help is on the way in the form of a story:

My friend Denise shared how she helps others to feel calm. She is a teacher who works closely with teens with Down Syndrome. She taught one of her students, Kyle, to practice a yogic breathing technique. This technique cups one hand inside the other and places them below the navel. In time with a long, slow inhale raise the cupped hands up to the chin. In time with an extended exhale, return the cupped hands to their original position below the navel. Repeat as many times as needed. Kyle reports that after ten times he “feels better.”

A short demo of the exercise:

This Week in Peace, though not strictly a health column, is passionate about sharing practices that effortlessly increase the health and wellbeing of the body. There is no need to consult a medical expert before beginning this practice. Anyone with a body of their own is qualified to experiment and decide which healthy living habits are right for them. To breathe in this manner has a positive effect on each cell. It bolsters the body's natural ability to heal itself. Use it and watch your prana (life force) increase. Thanks and see you out there!

Related Media:
Joy is a Sacred Pursuit 
The Allies of the Dance of Peace 
There's a Magic to Peace 

This article is part of the categories: Arts & Culture  / Community  / San Jose//South Bay 
This article is part of the tags: Dancer of Peace  / Khalilah Ramirez  / Peace  / Peace Dancer  / This Week in Peace 


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