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The Douglas Tilden 5K/10K Walk / Run for Deaf Humanity will be held in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Park on Sunday, June 2, 2013.  If you sign up for the event by May 31st, the registration is $31.00 for adults and $16.00 for teenagers under the age of 18.  If you pay at […]

Sign n’ Run Festival at CSUN

California State University at Northridge (CSUN) will have their sixth Sign n’ Run Festival on April 21, 2013.  The fundraiser from the National Center on Deafness (NCOD) gathers money for student scholarships and programs.  

The Houston Bass Club of the Deaf in Texas is hosting some events in April 2013.  The 4th Annual Crawfish Event will be on April 20th at the Christia Adair Park.  Then later that month on the 25th to the 27th, they will host the 47th Annual State Team Bass Tournament at Lake Sam Rayburn. […]

The San Francisco Deaf Club is having a paintball event in San Jose.  The event starts early in the morning on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  People are asked to come at 8:15 in the morning for the first event of the year.  Lunch is included in the paintball registration.    

Gallaudet University’s women’s basketball team will play against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College at California School for the Deaf, Fremont on January 2, 2012.  The game will start at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for young children up through the age of four.  

The California Deaf Bassmasters Club is hosting a bass fish tournament at Lopez Lake.  The flyer has registration information and a list of requirements.  People who don’t register by October 13, 2012 will be charged a late fee of $10.00.  It is west of Bakersfield and the lake is near San Luis Obispo.    

The Sacramento Valley Angling & Camping Club of the Deaf is having their 27th Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby in Isleton from October 4th to the 7th.  Isleton is southwest of Sacramento.  The event will be at Vieira’s Resort.

The city of Riverside will have several activities during Deaf Awareness Week.  Deaf Awareness Week starts this coming Sunday, September 23rd with a picnic in Villegas Park.  During the week, there will be educational events, music, and a softball game.  

David Smith of Santa Clarita, CA, is deaf, and he went with Team USA to the Olympics.  He said his family has been his biggest support system.  He is married, and he recently had his first baby, a boy.  His volleyball skills improved when he started going to University of California at Irvine.  He got […]

The California Deaf Wheelers are meeting on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in San Francisco for a coffee bike ride.  The Embarcadero Bike Ride goes to Pier 39 and the AT&T Stadium. 

Healing Waters

I sink into the water.

Outside, at the hot springs, the air is cool and river still. It smells like sulfur, but after a few minutes I don’t notice. I’m simply lost in the “healing waters.” That’s what they are called because supposedly the minerals in the hot springs help with a number of ailments. Personally, I enjoy the way the heat releases the tension in my body. I especially like soaking my feet – they cramp easily. I also like the heat around the middle of my body – a source of pain between a miscarriage, a surgery, and fertility frustrations over the past 12 months.

I lean back against the stone wall of the bath and watch.

There is a man standing under a waterfall. The water thuds against his back. What is he healing? Tight shoulders? Work stress? Or something deeper . . . the loss of a family member or friend?

In another pool there is a woman with her eyes closed. Maybe she is washing away the pain of divorce. Or abuse. Or a dog named Marley.

I don’t know. I’m just guessing. But when I start thinking about all the different types of “loss” people deal with, it’s clear we all need healing. One of the professors at the university I attended in Southern California just lost his house in the fires. One of my friends just gave birth, a joyful event . . . and a loss of personal time.

Loss of age . . . loss of a job . . . loss of a breast . . . loss of mental agility . . . loss of a city after a move . . . loss of a child who goes off to college . . . and on and on and on it goes.

I read a paragraph in a book the other day about the importance of taking time to heal. The author said that when we step back and heal ourselves we become aware of a world full of people in need. My time of retreat is coming to a close. I hope I don’t go back home and get too wrapped up in schedules and deadlines and the frustrations of city traffic. I hope I can heed the author’s advice and help heal the world in little personal ways. Š

Drishti

“Find a point on the ground about a foot in front of your mat and softly fix your gaze on it.”

I’ve heard that instruction tons of times in various yoga classes (depending on the pose, the point of focus changes). It helps me with balance poses, like Tree pose. The other day in class, the teacher was giving that same instruction. Softly is the key word. It’s not an intense stare. “It’s almost like you’re looking behind your eyes,” she said. “It’s called Drishti.”

I never knew it had a name before.

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