A GR8 DAY AT THE PARKMay 10th, 2010 by dallasaustin received 2,950 Comments »
On Saturday I went to go to Piedmont Park to jog and get some stuff off my mind.
Little did I know the amazing things that were in store for that day.
When I arrived, there were so many ppl there! I noticed that they were having a “Walk for Lupus” around the park and thought it would be nice if I participated. Before I signed up, I didn’t know what Lupus was. I decided to educate myself and walked to a booth that was handing out pamphlets on the disease. I spoke to an amazing young woman by the name of Shanika. Shanika was very knowledgeable on the subject and then told me that she had Lupus. If you don’t know what Lupus is, it is an autoimmune disease that can damage any parts of your body. It’s chronic. To read more about Lupus, go here: http://www.lupus.org.
Anyways, after our conversation, I decided I wanted to dedicate my walk to her. I signed up, donated and wrote her name on a sticker and placed it on my shirt!!
After the walk with hundreds of supporters, a lady by the name of Ursula approached me and asked me if I was interested in acro yoga. I said yes and she directed me to the top of the hill. There were 2 different activities set up – the acro yoga and the bongos. Well, me being in music – I instinctively made my way to the drums. Playing instruments outside with strangers was great. It was as if the music just brought us together as a whole.
After that, I decided to go to the Yoga area. I bent in ways that I never thought I could!! It was pretty cool.
Next, I went to an area underneath a tree where Caryn was doing some sort of self-visualization meditation… It required us all to lay on our backs, underneath the tree, looking towards the sky. She then made us close our eyes and she guided us on our VISUAL journey to make decisions. It was a pretty neat experience. Anyways, I really enjoyed the Positive Vibes in the Park. I hope they continue to have these events at the park more often.
I just wanted to let all of my 8ERS know that it feels gr8 to help others. I hope that ya’ll try to become more active in your community to help others — that is what an 8ER is all about. :)
Spread the love, smiles and positivity!! :)