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Winter Warmer Newsflash

Winter Warmer Newsflash
Dear Friend
Midwinter is fast approaching so here’s some warming thoughts and an invitation to come and keep warm at forthcoming festive events.

World Warming
If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. - Lucy Larcom
Having a big party in midwinter to gather together, eat, drink and be merry is a wonderful warming idea that many cultural traditions observe.   A time of goodwill encourages us to think beyond our own concerns and towards a world very much in need of peace. Caring for more vulnerable members of society or giving to charity may also be higher in our awareness, as we reflect on how we can all do our bit.  I love seeing singers raise their voice for causes - from fundraising concerts to carol singing from door to door.

Keep On Moving, Don’t Stop
But whatever his weight in pounds, shillings, and ounces, He always seems bigger because of his bounces.  - Winnie the Pooh’s poem about Tigger
It’s really important to keep active - nice as it is to curl up inside, moving stokes the inner fires.  I recently attended a Body Preparation for Voice Workshop with Darian Pritchard and Frankie Armstrong which emphasised the importance of connecting with our bodies - Darian reminded us that joints do not produce lubricating fluid unless we move.  What we do for our bodies naturally influences other aspects of our wellbeing - we gain confidence when we stand tall and relax our shoulders.  So it’s vital to engage in movement practices that keep us strong and encourage us to be our biggest selves - be that yoga, dance, running, walking, sports, Tigger bouncing… :)

Warm up, stay up!
What seems impossible today will one day become your warm up
It’s amazing how many of us can be resistant to taking care of our bodies - even just a simple warm up at the start of choir practice can make people run for the hills.  This is ultimately a form of low self-esteem - an inability to take good care of ourselves and our vehicle for life.  We are encouraged to run our bodies on the quick fixes, fast food and sedentary lifestyles continually sold to us by the media.  What is amazing is how quickly our bodies respond to high quality fuel - even just ten minutes of stretching, sounding and shaking can do wonders - restoring our energy, vitality and presence - our Tigger glow :)

Wishing you the warmest of winters (or summers - if you’re down under :)