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03
Mar
18

“I can set myself free through imagination …”

A great premise of Alice Walker’s monumental work, The Color Purple, was the idea that Celie could become herself and validate her being, by writing letters to God. The notion that through an active imaginative process one can free oneself from the burdens of extraordinary pain and suffering remains a last bastion of self-actualization for many in a variety of settings and experiences. One need only glimpse at the news to see the sorts of terrors people live through–and the brilliance of their resilience.

While most of us do not live in the kind of tortured existence that Celie’s character experienced, we nonetheless tie ourselves up in the knots that bind us emotionally and physically to lesser or greater degrees. Some are historical, some are actual, some are derived from neurotic fantasy, but no less real or psychically draining.

In a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the actor Winston Duke who played the role of M’Bako, the leader of the Wakanda mountain tribe, the Jabari, in Marvel’s film, Black Panther, spoke to just such an idea. Speaking about the questions raised by the notion of an African country unfettered by Colonialism, and having come from Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean, Duke tried to express the difficulty in attempting to consider life without the legacy of Colonialism. In thinking about it he said the film had been important to him because he realized that he actually did have power.

“I can set myself free through imagination,” he said.

And there it was, the concept that thinking a thing, that working through the problem that imprisons oneself can lead to a kind of freedom that not only will be for oneself, but as a legacy and roadmap for others to follow.

Down in the real world of living a life, working, teasing through the relationships of family and friends, and keeping oneself afloat for all those hours of the day–I am particularly affected by the idea that in willing something, staking the claim against whatever the odds are, one can free oneself. More to the point, that action resonates, because as one frees oneself, those around us see and experience that freedom. And as each of us works through the experiences that hamstring us, whether experienced yesterday or as a legacy across multiple generations, we do have within us the power to release ourselves from those things that hamper us so greatly.

At least I’d like to believe that, and as Winston Duke so elegantly put it, “I can set myself free through imagination.”

 

 

27
Aug
11

Riding out the storm … things to do in a Hurricane!

Riding out the storm … things to do in a Hurricane!

If you’re at all like me, your life is somewhat circumscribed into bits of this and bytes of that on a fairly routine schedule.  So what to do when there’s a hurricane on the way, especially when you live in NYC and there’s an unprecedented evacuation of the “A” zones (low-lying areas like lower Manhattan, Red Hook, Coney Island and the Rockaways — not to mention a lot of the coastal parts of Staten Island), subway and bus services running on their last  hours and no Starbucks!  OMG, as my young one likes to say!

Luckily, the stalwart of all stalwarts, Gleason’s Gym is open this morning, so I shall be able to get in my Saturday morning boxing fix … but, but. but … what then if one is stuck in the house for two days or worse yet, in a shelter or on a friend’s living room floor!

Well first off, charge up *all* of your electronics and I mean all ’cause even NYC might lose power for a while (especially if you are living in an A zone and decide to tempt fate when it comes to massive flooding).

There are also a boxing apps to download on your mobile device that’ll allow you to idle the time away.

1.  For the couch potatoes in the bunch (and if you have an account) — get Netflix and have a boxing movie film festival!  Titles available include:

"The Fighter"

The Fighter, the fantastic Micky Ward biopic

Homeboy, a 1998 boxing genre film starring Mickey Rourke & Christopher Walken

 Punch, in the tradition of Girlfight, a female boxer finds redemption in the ring.

Oh, and if you’re feeling like maybe you need to move around between features, here are a few workout suggestions!

10 Minute Solution Kickboxing (in case you always wanted to try!)

Crunch Cardio Salsa (yep, time to get the hips moving)

Crunch Candlelight Yoga (my favorite)

2. Workout Apps!

MyBoxing, this is a great app with how to videos, workout plans, and a fabulous timer!

FitnessClass, on demand fitness video workouts

Yoga, this app has terrific animated classes, two variations of the Sun Salutations, plus a library of poses.  You can self time for 30, 45 or 60 minute workouts.

3. News Junkies!

1. CNN, a no-brainer!

2. Hurricane Watch HD (for true junkies!)

3. Watch ESPN, gives you access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU

Otherwise, stay safe and dry!




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