Nashville Community Education

Singles Empowerment Day According to 372WN

Recently the team was reading through the new issue of 372WN and came across the article by Hannah Herner called “Singles Empowerment Day.”  Well we thought it was a pretty great article Hannah and we also very much agree, with number 10 “LEARN SOMETHING NEW.”

Life-long learning is one of our favorite topics, for obvious reasons and I wanted to share some awesome classes we having upcoming up. Come alone or come with a friend and spend the month of February giving yourself a little extra care and love by learning something new!

1.     Green Cleaning with Essential Oils

Essential oils naturally have deodorizing and disinfecting properties. The use of all-natural essential oil cleaners utilizes these powerful properties without worry of toxins and chemicals. In addition to learning more about essential oils for home use, students will make four different cleaning products that can be used as a natural alternative to commercial products.

2.     What’s Your Number?

The ancient Enneagram tool is gaining popularity and you may be wondering - why is everyone talking about this? What is this thing? This workshop serves to explain the Enneagram tool - where it originated, what it is, how to use it, and why it matters. You will learn your number (and your wing numbers, if any), a detailed description of your number and how it can benefit you in your life and relationships 

3.     Reiki Self-healing

In order to help others, we must first help ourselves. Beginning Reiki (ray key), a Japanese healing art, focuses on harnessing energy to perform healing techniques on your body and mind. Reiki has been shown to be effective in helping to reduce stress, pain management, soothing emotional turmoil and improving mood.

4.     Relief Printing Basics

Would you like to learn how to print your own cards using traditional techniques? Explore the basics of relief printmaking! Using hand tools to carve your own soft blocks, participants will learn a simple and satisfying process to create and print their own one-color designs, along with basic registration practices, ink techniques, and ways to continue exploring printmaking. Come prepared with ideas or improvise on the spot, and leave with cards and your own printmaking block!

5.     Basketry: Weaving with Paper

Weaving can be a mixed media adventure! Explore acrylic painting techniques then cut your painting into weaving strips. Use those strips to weave a square basket perfect for cocktail napkins or other storage.

6.     Master Meal Planning

Do you want to meal plan, but are unsure of where to start?  Learn a tried-and-true method to help you perfect your process of meal planning from grocery store to dinner table. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Lindsey Joe, will share tips and tools for saving time and money while eating healthier. 

Thanks Hannah for including Nashville Community Education in your #SinglesEmpowermentDay

Unconscious Bias and Your Relationships

Megan Johnson Rox

What's perception have to do with it? All good communication and relationships start with an accurate perception – a perception about what the person meant by their words &/or actions, i.e., the meaning of the message. How do you know if your perception of someone's words or behavior is accurate or not? It becomes clear pretty quickly when you get angry, hurt, annoyed, aggravated, offended, insulted, etc. at their words/behavior. It's safe to say that someone you are in a relationship with, whether it's a friendship or romantic relationship, is not intentionally being hurtful or malicious, and did not mean to hurt, or anger you, unless, of course, you don't choose friends/significant others wisely, or you allow yourself to be surrounded by negative, unhealthy people.

Because our perceptions are frequently incorrect, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Haha. Seriously, checking your perception is necessary to have good communication and good relationships. It also helps you see that your perception of others (and the entire world around you), is just that – a perception and not the “truth” or the only way of seeing/understanding something. There are other possible ways of perceiving someone’s message and behavior and it all depends on …… YOU! Yep, it’s you who makes meaning from someone’s words, non-verbal and behavior, not them.

But, as you know, we communicate with more than just the words coming out of our mouths. In fact, a large percentage of the meaning of a message comes from the non-verbal.

Good, accurate communication is when the meaning that the person sending the message intended to send is understood by the listener/viewer exactly as the sender meant. If the meaning of messages came strictly from words, we wouldn’t have as much of a problem with miscommunications. But, as you know, we communicate with more than just the words coming out of our mouths. In fact, a large percentage of the meaning of a message comes from the non-verbal. This probably isn’t a surprise to you if you’ve ever had a miscommunication when communicating through text or computer/social media when they couldn’t use non-verbal’s to communicate what they were really trying to say. Thanks to whoever invented emoji’s, which helps a little? We pick up on someone’s emotion behind the words and focus on that more than their words. Ever asked your friend/significant other if everything’s ok and they say, “Fine” but the tone of their voice says otherwise? 

Our perception of all of this involves many things that we’re not aware of. It’s unconscious. The definition of bias, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, is “an inclination of … outlook especially: a personal … judgment”. That is what perception essentially is: your outlook and judgment. So, when I talk about unconscious bias, I’m referring to our perception and everything that affects our perception… our beliefs, values, past experiences, etc.…

In this workshop, your perception and what affects it will be brought from the subconscious depths of your mind to the forefront. You will also learn how your perception affects your relationships. When you are aware of what is controlling how you view the world and others, you can take control of it. And this is the most empowering feeling! You will start to see your communication and relationships change for the better when you become aware of your perception and not let it unconsciously control your reactions to others and the world around you.

Written by instructor: Megan Johnson Rox

Register for Megan’s upcoming class: Unconscious Bias and Your Relationships.

Here's my website link: http://www.jmjcommunicationgroup.com

I just wrote a FB post about this too... www.facebook.com/coachmegjrox

And a LinkedIn article... https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-unconscious-bias-does-have-do-communication-megan-johnson/. My LinkedIn profile link is: www.linkedin.com/in/meganejohnson

3 Things That Can Help You Decompress Your Stress

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Checklist= adopt a Qigong practice, get your Reiki on, teach somebody something you love :)

1) Allow yourself to explore the ancient practice of Qigong.

Some have referred to Qigong as "medicinal movement" (see Dr. Mercola's article using this term here ). If you have a hard time settling your mind, when you add your desire to meditate to good posture and proper breathing, you find that the mind will settle on its own. That's just getting started in a Qigong practice; there are so many physical and mental/emotional benefits to be gained from Eastern healing exercises like Qigong, Yoga and Tai Chi- and positive results are shown over and again in medical research. Most Qigong movement classes are inexpensive, and you don't have to buy a lot of equipment to begin; once you get going, even 5-15 minutes a day can produce dramatic stress relief, so why not give it a try?

I am excited to announce that I am being given the opportunity to teach a free mini Qigong course for three weeks on Wednesday evenings at the Madison Community Center in January. This class is only a short term commitment and is coming up fast- come out and bring a friend to experience this with you.

If you are unable to find room in your busy schedule for this class, don't fret- more chances are available- check out the newest classes offered at Nashville Community Education. Registration for their Spring Session is now open online, or you may call them at: 615-298-8050. The dynamic staff at NCE is dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning and continues to expand their reach throughout the city. I know of two great energy healing classes that are being presented among their super interesting course selections during the spring 2019 session at the Cohn Adult Learning Center and in Madison. Look on page 14 *hint, hint*.

2) Make self-healing part of your "Ideal" life. Allow yourself to consider that self-care is healthcare.

Reiki Natural Healing can be a simple and powerful part of a self-care routine and it is easy to learn.

We all have the capacity to do healing work, whether the aim is to become a professional healer, or to use our super powers informally to help the people around us, our pets or ourselves. It isn't even hard, once you allow yourself the possibility. The only requirements for beginning Reiki training are a sincere desire to learn it and an open Heart/Mind. Like many of the Eastern Healing Arts, the first thing a student learns is to heal him or herself.

What is Reiki like? Here's a perspective on what Reiki is like:

Carla Trujillo, Sedona based Reiki Master/Teacher

The Reiki Ideals form the ethical backbone for Reiki practitioners worldwide. There are many variations translated from the Japanese, but the actual origin of these principles remains debatable and hence, a mystery. Their meaning taken together is a powerful practice of self-healing. William Lee Rand, a well-known Reiki Master has written an article on the possible origins of these principles, if you would like to read it here. The first level of Reiki training usually includes memorizing these precepts and using them as part of a healing meditation, but, I like to encourage students to personalize them, once they begin to understand the intent behind them. Words spoken from the truth in your very own Heart are always more powerful. The guidance from these values is not meant to suggest that we can eliminate anger, worry, cruelty, or ingratitude- these are all emotions that are very natural for each of us. The trick to happy living, or to be more content with life's circumstances, is to learn how to "touch and release"- acknowledge when these emotions come up, but don't get hooked in for too long.

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3) Use some of your time to teach somebody something you love to do. Allow yourself to trust in the value of the things you share and believe in.

As Booker T. Washington once said, "Living is the art of Loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

There are at least two reasons why I love teaching:

1) It helps me deepen my learning and practice. I probably learn more from my students than they do from me in many ways.

2) I love seeing other people be as profoundly affected by these healing practices as I was from the beginning and continue to be every day.

For the past 5 years, I have had the wonderful privilege of being able to share the practices of Qigong movement and Reiki Natural Healing. Volunteering at Fifty Forward and teaching for Nashville Community Education has given me great opportunities. I am so grateful for both organizations and their outreach to serve the best and highest good for the whole community of Nashville, Tennessee. If you are interested in teaching or volunteering with either group, click their links to find out how to get involved. You'll be very glad you did.

"When one teaches, two learn." Robert Heinlein

Preview of Making Comics

Students will learn how to plot, plan, and prep an eight page mini comic, on the topic of their choice. Learn how to make daily journal comics, create recipe comics, or tell a short story in this immersive class. No drawing skills necessary - artists of all skill levels are welcome. Materials are provided. A final class on March 7 will meet at Wake Up Comics inside Groove Record Store for a comics and zine exchange!

Note: Open to ages 16+ (no parent necessary) or ages 13+ if a parent registers as well!

Thanks to @wakeupcomics for sponsoring our final class and some materials!

Want to learn more about Visual Storytelling in Making Comics? Read instructor Becca Hillburn latest blog post, Learning How To Tell Stories Visually with Becca Hillburn.

You can also register for the class Making Comics. The class begins 1/24 at Cohn School.

Learning How To Tell Stories Visually with Becca Hillburn

Learn how to turn your story ideas into scripts, your scripts into thumbnail sketches, and your thumbnail sketches into finished comic pages in this six-week course!

If you've always wanted to learn how to make your own comics, or are interested in learning more about visual storytelling, Making Comics is a perfect introductory course designed to get you producing comics. Over six weeks, you'll learn about scripting, planning and designing your characters, environments, and panels, the ins, and outs of the comic production process, traditional inking techniques, and assembling your comic into a printed mini-comic for exchange. For students interested in a deeper dive, there are additional materials for the course from the instructor available online via blog posts and YouTube videos.

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During this class, we’re going to cover the basics of human anatomy for cartooning, an introduction to perspective for constructing backgrounds, and an exploration of traditional inking materials such as technical pens, brush pens, inking nibs, and brushes.

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Even if you're already making comics, this class provides an excellent opportunity to meet other comic artists, create comics in a friendly setting, hone your skills, and seek critique. Feel free to work at your own pace in a welcoming environment, or work along with the structure of the class.

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Not an artist? Fear not--this class is geared to be useful for beginners as well as more experienced artists. If you need additional help or resources, I’m available via email during the semester, and there’s a Facebook group to facilitate critique and growth during and even after class.

Class ends with a mini comic exchange--every student will get a copy of their classmates' comics, learn a bit about zine and mini comic culture, and find about about further opportunities for creating comics.

The next class Making Comics starts on January 24th.

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