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Unfinished Business
Posted 05-05-2015

There was a rendition of the Addams Family made into a movie in the early 90s featuring Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston. I remember having it at home on VHS and watching it with glee. I loved the old TV show and I loved this movie - for some reason I found it so funny. I even dressed as Morticia Addams one year for Halloween. A particular scene has been popping into my head regularly: the scene about unfinished business. Early in the movie Raul Julia's character, Gomez Addams, is meeting with his accountant. His accountant proposes a new idea masked in philanthropy to get more money from the Addams family...and Gomez responds by flipping through his calendar ridiculously fast and saying, "this sounds like new business and we do not discuss new business....until next quarter." Why would I be thinking about this scene and writing about this obscure older movie, you say? Well, because I have a lot of unfinished business that can't wait until next quarter. I've been reflecting on the fact that every week I write out a to-do list, and every week the darn thing gets longer and longer. And as it grows in length, and my teaching, administrative and personal tasks grow by leaps and bounds, so does my anxiety with the continual accumulation of unfinished business each week. At times it feels as if I am drowning in things left undone. At a recent appointment with my acupuncturist, Grainne McKeown (she is incredibly talented, check her out if you are looking for an amazing Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner), she asked me if I was feeling anxious while she was listening to my pulses. And suddenly it just came rushing out in a messy flood of things to do, thoughts on my mind, and tears. I was feeling completely and totally anxious and overwhelmed that "nothing" was getting done. Perhaps you can relate?

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Helping Hands - June 13, 2015 - Equinox Lincoln Park - 1750 N Clark St - 2-4pm

Bring awareness to the power of your hands and heart as you journey through a yoga practice led by Allison English with all proceeds benefiting Mindful Medicine Worldwide. A leader in providing integrative healthcare to developing regions of the world, Mindful Medicine Worldwide is helping rebuild Chanauti, a rural village in one of the hardest hit areas in Nepal's recent earthquakes. All funds will go towards reconstructing the only health care clinic in this district and towards providing housing for the hardest hit amongst the residents in Chanauti. Explore using your hands, arms and shoulders in your practice, helping one another in fun partner poses, and coming together to support a community in need. All levels welcome! Open to Equinox Members and Non-Members. Please feel free to donate whatever you can. Suggested donation is $25. Mats, props and locker room use provided by Equinox. Validated Parking is available across the street - please enter on Stockton and present ticket to the front desk. Reserve your mat HERE.