Sometimes it's the little things that count when we are feeling down. Tulsa is so loaded with good things it's ridiculous. Here are just a few things you can do to make your day prettier:
Sister Ellie Finlay St. John Center for Spiritual Formation Sister Ellie Finlay is an Episcopal nun who also teaches Tibetan Buddhist meditation. At her center in South Tulsa (59th and Memorial) she does something very special. She teaches a 6-week evening course on meditation that will introduce you to all you need to know to learn to work very skillfully with your mind. Even advanced meditators will have plenty to learn from Sister Ellie. Once you have taken her 6-week course, which is very reasonable (just $80 for all 6 weeks!) you can drop in on her regular meditation talks and sittings which happen every Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning for a suggested donation of just $7. How cool is that?
Tulsa Area Trails Tulsa is blessed with an abundance - more than 80 miles - of walking, running, and bicycling trails, and they are beautifully maintained, safe, and well-lit. FREE bicycle rentals are available on the Riverparks trail system.
Stephen Saunders Tulsa Yoga Therapy Stephen Saunders is a wonderful yoga teacher, and his classes are intended to be therapeutic. His style of teaching will take you deep into your self and your body, while also helping your body learn to heal and to relax. There is nothing quite like being in the hands of a true master, and Stephen has my utmost respect (plus his British accent is seriously cool and soothing :-). I recommend his classes no matter your level of fitness. And he won't make you bend like a pretzel, either! Click here to go directly to Tulsa Yoga Therapy's class schedule.
Scott Aycock House Concerts Unlimited Scott Aycock is a fellow therapist, a singer-songwriter, and an all-around serious music aficionado. I recommend these community events not only because you will get to hear truly great music and be among your Tulsa neighbors, but also because music is food for the soul, and it heals the heart. Plus, these events are extremely affordable, with tickets generally no more than $15 ~ $20.
Yours Truly, and Lynda Jacobs Women's Groups Lynda Jacobs and I offer women's groups as a way to participate in a therapeutic activity that connects women to women, offers a space for healing and transformation to occur "inside of the circle", and provides a level of support that is missing in most of our lives. We asked ourselves the question "What could happen in a woman's life if she were genuinely and deeply supported by a group of women who have her back for a certain period of time?" WE LOVE THESE GROUPS BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME! Contact me or Lynda Jacobs to find out how to join our next one.
Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area Okay, this is just one of the most gorgeous places anywhere around here, and it's right on the west side of the Arkansas River, just off of 71st Street, minutes from downtown and right in the middle of the city. There are seemingly endless trails, but it's pretty much impossible to get lost. You can hike up some good-sized hills or stay near the bottom of the mountain and stroll right alongside the Arkansas River. Great mountain biking, too. Tulsa, we are SO BLESSED to have this amazing natural resource right here in our midst. And it's totally free!
Downtown Tulsa A trip downtown as a therapeutic adventure? Yes! Tulsa downtown is having the most amazing and beautiful recovery and resurgence. And while you are downtown, don't miss Guthrie Green and Brady Arts District. All I can say is WOW. And hey, they have food trucks there every Wednesday night! Another great opportunity to get out and spend time in your community, eat some great food, and do it all for a reasonable amount of money. If you want to connect with your community, wandering around and exploring downtown might be a great way. Be inspired by beauty, art, music and the wonderful creativity and warmth of human nature.
All Souls Unitarian Church First, a confession: there are many great churches in this town so just talking about one feels a little unfair. Having said that, I love this place. Ministers Marlin Lavanhar and Barbara Prose are some of my favorite people, and this church does good. Lots of good. In addition, All Souls is an inclusive place of refuge, where anyone of any belief system (or none at all) can go and be uplifted, encouraged, stimulated and educated. There are tons of free classes and meet-up groups, and you'll find multiple styles of Sunday services to offer something to everyone. Love, love, LOVE this place.
Living Arts - Drumming Events and more! The African Drumming Program at Living Arts teaches people confidence and individual creativity in the group drumming context. If you have never tried drumming in a group, this is one of the most fun things you could ever do with yourself and others. Plus, it will literally make you happier and your body will sing and thank you. And, it's just plain gorgeous. Weekly drumming classes happen every Wednesday night from 7:30-9pm and are totally open to the public, no experience needed. Go to the link above to find out all about the wonderful programs that this organization offers to the community of Tulsa, many of which are entirely free of cost.
And in the category of "Things That Make You Go Hmmm": Did you know that stress can actually be beneficial, and that all you have to do is learn to think about it differently?
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~Ruth Reichl