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LuceroLIFE (Simple neck traps)

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Clarifying simple neck traps is helpful.

Moving in the correct direction with body and baton will help ensure flow and ease throughout the learning process.

A strong foundation is the basis for quality as one advances.

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TWIRL STRONG!

LuceroLIFE (Beg. Warm-up Dance Twirl 2)

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This little dance had to be repeated an unimaginable amount of times because I kept forgetting the order of what I was doing.

I finally remembered the whole thing, presented it perfectly, and then realized the camera had run out of space and was no longer filming!

Such is life.

I hope you enjoy it and use it for class warm-up or for your own exercise fun.

TWIRL STRONG!

LuceroLIFE (Foot Kick Trick)

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After posting this trick to Instagram I received messages from around the globe.

A Dutch friend cracked her eye pretty good, a boy from Kentucky is nursing a broken toe, and I don’t even want to ask what’s going on in the UK… instead of waiting to receive any more injury stories from folks trying to copy the trick, I decided to make this instructional video.

I suggest that those attempting the feat, protect their feet by wearing regular athletic shoes rather than thin dance shoes.

It is fun and easy once you learn and master it!  Good Luck & TWIRL STRONG!

LuceroLIFE (Baton Twirling fun in the Park)

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Learning to edit my own videos by studying tutorials and scouring Google has been exciting, rewarding, frustrating and opened up a new art form for me. For years I have relied on others to create the things I imagined and it is a joy to now have the ability to bring my thoughts to life.

Here is a really fun glimpse at some cool baton twirling and the beauty of Queen Lilioukalani Park located in Hilo, Hawaii.

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LUCEROLIFE on YOUTUBE (Beg. Dance-Twirl)

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Aloha baton twirling enthusiasts!

You’re going to love my NEW and IMPROVED YouTube channel, LuceroLIFE.

I will be posting ALL twirling ALL the time.  Beginning with my first NEW post today…

Learn and enjoy this fun and funky beginning dance-twirl for warm-ups or a daily exercise program.

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the channel, LIKE the video and leave a comment!

I’d love to hear what you’ve enjoyed and what you may like to have me post for YOU!

I’m just learning how to edit these videos myself, and I know the quality will improve as I continue to create. I appreciate your enthusiastic support and understanding as I learn things like how to get the volume of each clip consistent.

I’m looking forward to sharing the fun and beauty of our wonderful sport with a wide range of those who are willing to learn and to be inspired.

TWIRL STRONG!

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Unhinged

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Have you ever felt so deeply trapped in your own life story that the potential for a new chapter seemed hopeless?

I have.

One of the heaviest challenges of my life found me only a few weeks after my book, “The Tao of Winning”, was released.
This challenge tested everything I had written about. It tested how I viewed my experiences, my life philosophy, my wavering confidence, security, responsibility… it tested my peace.

I have never failed a test with more gusto.

For a month and a half I found myself sinking deeper into a story that did not need to belong to me.  The more I attached myself to the circumstances and the actions of others the more vividly my frustrations manifested.  Frustration turned to anger, anger transformed into rage, this fury produced vengeful thoughts that made me feel internally occupied and constantly nauseated.

I became unhinged.

It felt as if the story owned my entire Being.

After leaving the scene of the story I traveled to Norway. The happiness I felt to be with my Beloved, was marred as I kept my rage alive. I had lost sight of my own wholeness. I was living as a fragment of myself, the love in me consumed by an unseen force, regurgitated out as hate, disguised as justice.

Perplexed as to how to find my way back, I questioned, how can I escape this decline in to ever more hate and pain?

My Love had the answer.

Stop telling the story.
Stop telling it to yourself, stop telling it to others. Stop posting about it. Stop writing emails about it.
If you need to speak about it, just tell me during a set time each day, but otherwise, step away from repeating this thing, and the pain will subside.

It’s been a few days since I listened to and adopted this advice.

I have stopped telling the story. I stopped completely.
Last night I did not have nightmares. This morning the anger was not present. Feelings of needing revenge have subsided.

For the first time in nearly two months I feel a light inside of myself. Although it is dim, it is enough to illuminate a blank page;

it is enough to begin the next chapter…

 

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A Friend for Those Forgotten

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“A Friend For Those Forgotten” is a humanitarian project for alleviating the suffering caused by human loneliness, and to promote compassion, kindness and respect for every human being.

Through the belief that compassion turned in to action can positively impact the world of every individual, I conduct heartfelt visits of friendship for human beings who feel lonely and forgotten.

Briefly describe your project:

A few moments after exiting the train in Oslo, it began;

“Lady, please give me something, PLEASE, TAKE THIS!” The gypsy girl forced a small magazine into my chest. Six others had done the same within minutes. “No thank you”, I politely replied. I took a deep breath and remembered, “I am neither beneath nor superior to anyone.” After repeating this in my mind the irritation evaporated and I continued, through the crowd. The experience caused me to seek eye contact with those who were available. As I met the eyes of others I honored their worth. This simple exercise was powerful and connection took place instantly, many people nodded and smiled as they passed. I was enjoying this game when one man caught my attention, causing me to pause. His weathered face captured me and he did not release his gaze. He was a beggar, but in that moment he was not asking me for anything. I stood there looking at him, he looking back at me; seeing him, and being seen by him. After a bit, I sat down next to him. I said, “if you don’t mind I’ll just sit here with you for a while”. I didn’t know what language he spoke, but he grinned and scooted a little closer to me. As we sat I told him I was from Hawaii and I had just completed my immigration appointment. I said it was funny that people were wearing shorts and t-shirts yet, in my jacket, pants and cap I still felt chilled. He chuckled yet said nothing. Soon somebody dropped coins in his tattered cup. He looked at me with surprise, a moment later some more coins appeared and he made a “Whoop” noise, shaking his boney finger at me and grinning. We were laughing as his next customer made a deposit, and he slapped my back like an old chum. Time passed. I gave him a hug, said goodbye and stood to walk away. I felt a tug on my ankle. My companion stood to his feet, and in English said, “that was more kindness than I have received in years. Will you do something for me?”
Touched, I asked, “what do you wish?” He said, “Get yourself a big ice cream as a gift from me. You’ve healed my loneliness”
Tears flowed as I walked back toward Central Station and I was no longer irritated by the gypsy girls and their work.
As I ordered the ice cream my heart was exploding with gratitude.

“A Friend For Those Forgotten” is a humanitarian project for alleviating the suffering caused by human loneliness, and to promote compassion, kindness and respect for every human being.

Through the belief that compassion turned in to action can positively impact the world of every individual, I conduct heartfelt visits of friendship for human beings who feel lonely and forgotten.

 

Why does this idea matter to you and the city of Oslo? 

I was initially inspired by an elderly man who wandered alone in the street near my home. After forming a friendship through mutual respect and simple conversation, I noticed a transformation in his demeanor, alertness and level of joy. My belief that every individual should feel valued and cared for prompted me to take action. That action has led to hundreds of visits with the elderly, disabled, incarcerated, homeless and has prompted the development of “A Friend For Those Forgotten”. This idea matters to me because compassion, kindness and time is a gift that can be offered by anyone to anyone and I am willing to be a person who offers these things and who leads the way for others to do the same.

The city of Oslo benefits by the empowerment of human beings offering themselves to those who need to be seen and loved. The ideology of kindness spreads and increases the quality of life and general positivity within a city. In addition there are health benefits to addressing the epidemic of loneliness.

According to a new study revealed in Perspectives on Psychological Science: “Social isolation — or lacking social connection — and living alone, respectively increase mortality risk by 29% and 32%.”

Some of these potential health consequences include heart disease and stroke, increased stress levels, decreased memory and learning, alcoholism, and altered brain function. Because loneliness disrupts the regulation of cellular processes in the body, it also predisposes those suffering from it to premature aging.

 

How will you use the micro-grant funding to realize your concept? 

The micro-grant funding will be used to further develop my personal mission and services into a legitimate “start-up” foundation. This will enable the creation of needed aspects such as website development, consultations, event planning for awareness, outreach programs and education for those interested in participating. In addition funding would greatly increase the possibilities in making an impact during individual friendship visits. My goal is teach others how to affectively participate in visiting the lonely.

I often take supplies to those I meet and I have a vision of not only sitting and talking with those in need but doing activities with them that help them to feel more integrated within their world.

Taking a lonely elderly person or homeless person to lunch at a restaurant instantly changes their self-perception and can lead to increased feelings of acceptance… which leads to ever more feelings of belonging, the possibility for life changes, better societal involvement, improved health and ultimately participation as a visitor for someone else.

 

What specific elements of community and/or sustainability are being addressed in your concept? 

Many elements of community are addressed by this concept.

The participation of those willing to offer compassion to the lonely and forgotten members of our society will be bonded by a strong sense of community consciousness.

Unity and solidarity are derived from living in a definite locality, such as Oslo. By understanding some of the complexities, complications, and confusions within the life of just one member of a community, insights are brought into the collective emotional identification of its members.

This project includes all aspects of social life. Participation welcomes everybody regardless of color, age, race, prior community involvement, level of education, occupation, personal relation, handicap, religion or any other factor. “A Friend for Those Forgotten” actively reaches out to all citizens, encouraging their participation.

In addition this project promotes community health. Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.

Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system and create more opportunities for positive social interaction.

 

 

 

My Unrealistic Reality Example #1,111

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The colorfully chaotic painting hanging in the gallery caught my eye through the window.

Without hesitation I entered the small establishment and began absorbing and appreciating the creativity of the artists whose work adorned the walls. Styles ranged from sophisticated oils, to quirky, multi-media pieces.

I thought, my creations will look great in here, as I admired the painting that drew me in.

A young lady appeared and lingered behind a work counter.

What is the process for having one’s art displayed here? I politely inquired.

She began her discourse, There are a lot of artists who want in here, we have ten show galleries in Norway, it is very difficult….   as I registered her demeanor, my most valuable life skill kicked in.

I immediately and completely checked myself out from her reality and into my own, self-sculpted, great feeling, unreality.

She went on for quite some time, and when she took a pause to think of more reasons why she believed things were so dismal, I enthusiastically asked for web information on applying for my work to be shown.

She was thrown off balance by this. She repeated, it is very difficult.

I said, I am an absolute master at navigating difficulty, what a perfect situation for me!

She nervously laughed and dropped her pen.

I happily returned home and applied for my art to be shown.

Contentment is not rocket science.

You simply have to not buy in to the limitations of those who are not YOU.

 

 

 

Relationships that Complete do not Fail

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I no longer expect others to “make” me happy.

It has become obvious to me that what I perceived as the shortcomings in previous relationships, began with me. I chose partners that embodied my own strengths, deficits, entrenched patterns and limitations. The illusory emptiness, confinement, and privation in those relationships, and the pain of ending them, caused me to seek more in myself.

Many consider the ending of a relationship to be a “failure”. I now believe that some relationships are mutually propitious for a lifetime and some are not. Learning what is possible from one another, and then releasing the dependency on the familiar no longer equates to failure for me. It simply means that some relationships can be concluded once all of the benefits and lessons that it had to offer have been experienced. Once there is no more for the participants to lovingly give, do or receive, it is wise to consider that rendition of the relationship complete and move on.

I stayed in some relationships due to the bromidic belief that it was “the right thing to do”.  The drudgery of forcing a relationship for reasons outside of myself, (societal expectations, familial or financial pressures), leaves all involved dissatisfied and miserable with themselves and one another.

Coming to this place of personal understanding has generated fortuitous consequences in my own life. I am able to more acutely see myself as the architect of my own being. The relationships I now nurture are more stable, honest and indelible. The expectations and responsibilities I formerly placed on others have been reintegrated in to a keen awareness of my own self and self-worth.

Releasing the thoughts, habits and compulsions that conscripted others to be responsible for my fulfillment, has brought about the emergence of a ME who is fully capable of loving with ease and grace, and in return I am now receiving the same.

 

 

 

Foundation

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FOUNDATION.

I believe that a strong foundation creates the base for the highest, most solid, qualified, incredible results.

Is it easy?

Not usually.

Does it take take time and patience?

Yep.

Is it worth it?

A B S O L U T E L Y ! ! !

A mere year and a half ago I met a young girl who had a very poor foundation in baton twirling. She had been what I would refer to as, “mis-taught”.  In the world of baton twirling this means, she had an incorrect “thumb-flip”, horrendous “pattern”,  remarkably misdirected choreography and ZERO rolls. In fact, the first words she ever spoke to me were, “I can not roll, I hate rolls”.

Hhhmmmfff.

I took note, and ignored reality.

After all, this poor soul was Norwegian. Norwegians are not usually recognized in the sport of TWIRLING.

….I have chanced upon a champion.

I KNEW it the moment I saw her.

Ingerlinn Sundby is a Champion.

Aside from Baton Twirling, this young lady possesses a spirit that can change the world. She may not yet know it, but SHE IS SPECIAL.

Ingerlinn has endured ME for some time now. She may not always like the direction I am leading her in, but she has trusted my seemingly “wacky” guidance.

Ingerlinn is humble. Ingerlinn is quiet. Ingerlinn has fears….

I am not humble. I am not quiet. I have nearly no fear.

This Kid Is A Gift.

With patience, sensitivity and guess-work, Ingerlinn and I have blazed our path. We KNOW when it is okay to push and when I need to back-the-heck off.

It’s been a HUGE life lesson for me.

My favorite twirler in history is Janae Dorn, and I find it quite amusing that this kid is the physical reincarnation of Ms. Dorn.

I love this child beyond words.

I am, (and I NEVER use this word), “Proud” of her resilience.

Ingerlinn and I continue to work for her highest potential. Competition is a secondary aspect. HOW GOOD can she become from her effort? This is the only question that matters.

What do I believe?

I believe I have found the result of my life’s work. I believe I am engaged in an important mission to heal the small part of the world I am engaged in. I believe I have been gifted the possibility of hope, through a metal stick and a beautiful young lady who has dreams of becoming a champion.

Ingerlinn…. YOU are already a champion.

I love you.

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