By Sylvia Gonzalez ~
Words in Motion
Words are constantly dancing through our bodies. Amongst these words are our favorite prayers, our favorite songs, our favorite movies to quote, and our favorite books – words that have imprinted our souls and have become part of our own pages. In dance, a dancer will take a movement that you might not physically be able to do, but there is meaning to it; you understand it. Although words sometimes dance hurricane shapes in our minds – they give space, they give pauses, they allow you a moment to remember to breathe amongst the ongoing rapid fire of chaotic thoughts and feelings. Words remind us that when we speak them dipped in gratitude- they can heal.
Dr. Melinda Cooksey- Gratitude in Motion
Melinda Cooksey, director and cofounder of the All Life Community is celebrating her 40th birthday, and honoring her 20 years in practice by bringing the Blue Buddha Medicine Mantra to the center this month. This celebration is a community event, open to everyone.
Melinda is a three-time graduate of The Ohio State University. She is an Applied Anatomist and Integrative Medical Consultant, holding a Ph.D in Integrative Medicine. Melinda helps interpret the language of the body – the words the body might be saying through movement, pain, scarring or inflammation that can be hard to understand. She has been in private practice focused on fascia, developmental movement and lymphatics since 1997 working with clients privately and teaching various aspects of applied anatomy to individual practitioners, professional groups, and out in the community. She is passionate about helping people find thoughtful teams of providers, enjoys helping people build integrative health networks, and thrives from collaborations with other practitioners, educators and clinicians. Before cofounding All Life, Melinda formed her own center, Columbus Comprehensive Health, in 2002 and cofounded the OSU Center for Integrative Medicine in 2005.
Blue Buddha Medicine Meditation
See event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/213187942489498/
In ode of her birthday and years in practice, Melinda invites you to join one of her favorite mantras and meditations. The Medicine Buddha is portrayed in blue, correlating with the precious stone symbolic for healing- the lapis lazuli. The throat chakra is also blue, therefore chanting is an important part of this meditation. The meditation brings serenity through your own voice; your own expression – how beautiful is that? The intention of the meditation is to bring one’s focus away from their suffering, and closer to their truth, not unlike the mantra of the All Life Center.
This family-friendly event will be held on April 1st at the All Life Center. A beading ‘class’ will start at 2:30. The mantra will begin at 3:30 followed by a potluck and cake afterwards. This will start a new tradition at the All Life Center – every 1st Saturday of each month at 3:30 we will hold space for Blue Buddha Medicine Mantra. Please join in!