Welcome to October.
How are your hearts this month?
My heart feels grateful for the changing leaves. One of my daily rituals involves a walk with my girls and our dogs to a nearby park. This last week as the leaves fell around us I felt so grateful to be reminded of how change can be constant. The change of a season, of a hairstyle, of a job, or a daily ritual. 

 

This year has been full of change, from external to internal, if we are willing to pause long enough and listen. This year has been a year of remembering how to breathe (again). From the early months of covid-19 to George Floyd’s death to the wildfires to this moment, right now. I’ve spent a lot of years learning about breath, the how’s and the why’s, and yet, sometimes I forget to do it. 

 

This month, I’m offering a few ways for us to practice breathing together, because it is a practice. A practice of knowing when, how, and why. The quality of our breath can change, just like the leaves outside, and we need our breath to change. Our breath recognizes emotion, sometimes before our bodies do. Our breath signals how open or closed we become in our life. Our breath allows us to speed up or slow down. As a great teacher of mine, Kevin Coleman, often says, breathe as though your life depends upon it.

 

So breathe with me this month- for an hour long sit, or for creative connecting classes that bring you right into the work with AICs (adults incarcerated) and connect with women, or move your body with me for some SUNday yoga. It’s all here for you.





On The Inside, join the conversation and collaboration-

 

This month, and every month moving forward,  you are invited to join me for a cup of tea or a fancy drink and share in conversation as we dive into the work of working with incarcerated women together. This is the fourth  group I’ll be gathering on the outside to learn more about the work I do on the inside. As I begin to build, On The Inside, my hope is to create more connections for women on the inside with women on the outside of prison walls. This third group will meet four times through Zoom calls for 2 hours each time. 

 

What you can expect: 

 

-Storytelling

-Conversation

-Community

-Breathwork 

- 4x group sessions and individual follow up’s.

 

Together, I’ll walk you through a typical class and then offer up creative prompts for our group to begin to create from. Each class you will be given a small homework assignment to prepare for the following class. Portions of our work will be shared with the women on the inside. We will begin with centering and sharing. This class is open to all levels of life experience, the curious of heart, and the introverts.

 

Times/Dates:



Thursday’s 4-6pm PST

October 8 & 22

November 5 & 19

 

Cost:

 

$200, payment should be made to On The Inside paid right here, a Zoom link for all classes will be sent to you once payment is received.

*If funds are tight, reach out, I want to make this accessible for all.

 

*Ongoing monthly group: If you have already participated in a group, you can continue the conversation and creative time with us collectively as we gather for monthly sessions. Each zoom call is 2 hours long with time for shared connection, a creative prompt offered for homework, and a centering meditation to bring us all in. Sign up ahead of time is required. Cost is $50 p/month with meetings on:

 

Tuesday’s 4-6pm

 

September 22

October 20

November 17

December 15

 

*once payment is received a Zoom link will be sent to your inbox. Payment can be made online here.

Support On The Inside this month when you take-
Permission to Show Up: A gathering to write, connect, play led by Shannon Hughes. 
October 8 from 9am-10:30am PST
This workshop will invite creative ways to connect, and a shift towards confidence and readiness in our lives.
Learn more right here.

 



Gatherings: a few ways for us to connect during these sustained times-

 

In the effort to find more pause, more moments of listening in the months ahead, join me here.

 

*Sit with me: the power of pause

Friday October 16

2-3pm PST

JOIN here (free)

 

Get your meditation cushion, yoga mat, or cozy blanket out and join this collective for a 15 min talk, followed by a 30min sit, followed by 15mins for reflections.



*Move with me: Yoga for the Heart and Soul

These 60 minute experiences are shared through Zoom (click right here to join us): Move with Me 

*Every SUNday

*October 4,11, 18, & 25

 *9-10am PST

*$20 p/class, suggested donation,  payable on Venmo: @Nikki-Weaver

 

Classes are full body, full heart experiences, and are curated to meet the needs of each individual group. .If times do not work for you, please reach out and I will send you the video to class to practice on your own time. The more the merrier, so please share with your friends and let’s practice and move together.




Monthly Oil Blends-

 

Cypress the oil of movement. Creating flexibility in the heart and mind. Teaches the soul to move forward into flow, releasing stagnant energies by encouraging us to let go of control.

Rubbed right on my chest when I’ve been sitting for too long, an instant pick me up and grounding sensation.

 

Lemon provides focus and energy. Clears the air, decreases anxiety, removes all the stickiness from kids fingers;), a staple in our house, especially where the kids are having school. Awakening, cleansing, and promotes feelings of joy.

Diffused regularly in our study areas and in the kitchen.



What I’m Reading-

 

Two books that are current favorites-

 

-being black: zen and the art of living with fearlessness and grace by Angel Kyodo Williams.

Angel and I took our yoga teacher training together in 2005 at Kripalu. I remember her grace, integrity, and wisdom in our small interactions. I’ve been a fan of her words, her practices, and her teachings ever since.

 

-Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown

Recommended to me by a dear friend this book is inspired by the work of Octavia Butler, connecting change to human relationships. It is the work I seek to do as I move forward in my professional, personal, and spiritual life.




A poem for you-

 

This poem below, was one I had never read before, sent to me by a dear family member on the day that Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed. I wept when I read it, and then paused to read it aloud to my husband while standing at the beach. I offer it to you this month with hope that it might allow change to be a practice that we each begin to meet with more acceptance.



WHEN GREAT TREES FALL:

When great trees fall,

rocks on distant hills shudder,

lions hunker down

in tall grasses,

and even elephants

lumber after safety.

When great trees fall

in forests,

small things recoil into silence,

their senses

eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,

the air around us becomes

light, rare, sterile.

We breathe, briefly.

Our eyes, briefly,

see with

a hurtful clarity.

Our memory, suddenly sharpened,

examines,

gnaws on kind words

unsaid,

promised walks

never taken.

Great souls die and

our reality, bound to

them, takes leave of us.

Our souls,

dependent upon their

nurture,

now shrink, wizened.

Our minds, formed

and informed by their

radiance,

fall away.

We are not so much maddened

as reduced to the unutterable ignorance

of dark, cold

caves.

And when great souls die,

after a period peace blooms,

slowly and always

irregularly. Spaces fill

with a kind of

soothing electric vibration.

Our senses, restored, never

to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed. They existed.

We can be. Be and be

better. For they existed.     

~ Maya Angelou



From my heart to yours,

 

Nikki

Bloom

An hour practice with me and a 10 minute meditation.
Cost: $25
Venmo me @Nikki-Weaver or click the button below to send me an email if you have questions!

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I'm so proud of this conversation and this work for On the Inside.
Thank you Bonnie Weeks aka @carrot_bowl_bonnie for sharing your platform and believing in me and my ideas. All love. Always.

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