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Introducing myself and my journal: Tapping into the global soul

About Me:
I see myself as a global activist for social justice, even though at this time in my life my primary focus is on raising my own two children. My main issue areas are debt cancellation, HIV/AIDS and US Policy toward Africa and Central America. Also passionate about fair trade, international labor rights and peaceful conflict resolution. As a mother I find it challenging to be as involved as I have been at other times in activist work or international travel. Even keeping up on issues is harder than it used to be. I am glad to have a way to stay connected however I can.

My Passions:
Dancing for joy and pleasure. Raising awareness in the US about our relations with the rest of the world. Creating a more just, sustainable world through personal and political action.

My Challenges:
Feeling isolated, staying connected to the bigger picture, carving out time for self and civic involvement when family demands are so intense.

Comments

Maria de Chirikof's picture

isolation with new child

I think that is one of the hardest parts of having a child is that feeling of being isolated all of a sudden. I think you will be glad you found this place since there is always something interesting to read and trying to go back several pages to find where you last stopped when posting comments to people too.

International travel? Sounds like heaven! Where have you been? I would love to hear about it! I always want to travel and see the world but haven't managed it yet but it is on my "list of things to do before I die".

What kind of dancing do you like? I love dancing but don't do it often anymore. It sounds very interesting and I cant wait to read your posts regarding America's relations with the the rest of the world.

Maria

Grace Taylor's picture

Thanks for your note

It was nice to get your message and feel welcomed to this community. There are so many amazing women here, and women with amazing stories to tell.

To answer your questions, I like lots of kinds of dancing. I studied jazz and modern as a kid and have taken some African dance classes, as well as some contact improv, but the main way I get my dancing in these days is through my Nia practice. Nia is a kind of fitness class that integrates dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. Its how I care for my body, clear my mind, check in with my emotions, revitalize my energy and its one of the ways I reconnect with spirit. I was teaching for a while but gave up my license when the baby was born. I hope to go back to teaching again someday, but for now am content to just show up and dance.

I did a lot of travelling when I was younger. My dad was a pilot for a major airline when I was growing up, so we travelled a lot together. My parents divorced when I was young, so the two of us would take trips. We went to Mexico, the Bahamas, Japan, England and more. Then when I was in college I took a semester off and traveled with Global Exchange to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and then on my own in Kenya, which was life changing for me, and opened up whole new ways of looking at the world. Later I was able to go to El Salvador as an elections monitor, and then in 2000 I got a scholarship to study in Cape Town, South Africa for a year.

Thanks again for saying hello.

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Nia dancing

I seem to remember someone else mentioning this. I love your description since it makes me picture a sort of yoga music, some incense burning in another room (can't stand it in the same room as me for some reason so we rarely use it), and tai chi-ing on the girls' DDR pad, silly I know but it does sound invigorating and interesting!

Oh, I think it must have been a very good childhood to be exposed to other cultures and being able to talk with them or just browse through their city! I would love to start in Russia and just hop a bus from place to place but I guess in most places it is not that easy. Turkey would be next on my list but my daughters want to go to Japan first, so we will probably go there first.

I look forward to reading your posts since it sounds like they will be educational as well as interesting!

Maria

JaniceW's picture

Welcome

Grace, it is a joy to have you as a member of our online community. Here, you no longer need to feel isolated as through our community, you can connect with women around the world. As a starting point, here are a few members who share your interest in dance that you might like to connect with:

toni
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/user/2091

Anna Lag
http://worldpulse.com/user/1783

Jocelyn
http://worldpulse.com/user/1110

Maria (above) is also a wonderful friend of the PulseWire community whose insightful and always joyful responses has made her a friend for life to many members. You might also like to browse through our group directory (http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups) where you may find a group with similar interests to your own. Or, you may consider starting your own group where you can build a powerful network bringing together PulseWire members with similar visions who want to share ideas or actions.

So, welcome. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience.
Janice
PulseWire Community Director

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