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Wine & Words Club de Lectura

Este agosto, practica tu inglés de forma muy divertida, relajada, y con encanto. Poise comienza la primera edición del club de lectura, Wine&Words. Es exactamente como suena, vas a leer un libro en inglés en casa y cada semana tenemos una sesión de dos horas para hablar del libro, tomar vino o té, mirar bien vocabulario o gramática, explorar ideas, investigar sobre cosas relevantes de la cultura o del contexto del libro. También tendrás un pequeño dossier de guía con preguntas y ejercicios para explorar más escribiendo en casa. Básicamente, este club es una clase de inglés basado en el contexto de un libro, una novela para empezar. Es una experiencia corta, de cuatro sesiones, y no requiere más tiempo ni compromiso de lo que te cueste leer en casa (y venir a Poise para hablar, claro).

Para este sesión de verano, he elegido un libro que varios niveles pueden entender, cada nivel con su propia profundidad. Es un libro que igual ya has leído en castellano porque es un bestseller internacional. Eso veo como un plus, si conoces la historia un poco, igual es más fácil engancharte en otro idioma. También, es un libro que explora crecimiento personal, como vivir bien, y algo de espiritualidad envuelto en una historia simple. Para otros clubs en el futuro, la gente que quiere repetir puede ofrecer sugerencias de novelas u otros estilos de libros. Esta vez, tuve que empezar con un favorito mío.

Los detalles:

Comenzamos el 8 de agosto. Habrá 4 sesiones de dos horas cada una. Tenemos hasta el 13 de septiembre, así que si el 15 de agosto todxs van a estar con día festivo, podemos cambiar una fecha con el consenso general. El precio es 80€ y esto incluye una copia tuya del libro, un dossier de actividades relacionados con el libro, 8 horas de conversación en inglés en grupo conmigo como guía y profesora para cualquier pregunta sobre el inglés del libro, y una bebida en cada sesión – vino, té, o agua. Tengo un máximo de 8 personas en el grupo. Un límite es importante para todxs tienen la oportunidad para participar. Tiene que tener un mínimo de 3 personas para comenzar.

Hay que reservar tu plaza cuanto antes! Necesito saber cantidades para pedir los libros y hay que leer antes de la primera sesión!!

Y disculpen mis fallos, por favor! Hoy no he tenido mi “revisor de gramática” a mi lado.

Contacto:

E-mail: hello@poisepamplona.com

Tel: 948 044 541

WhatsApp: 638 083 966

8 March 2018 Definition of Feminism

There are many opinions running around about what feminism is and is not; whether it’s necessary or not; who can be a feminist or not; etc ad nauseum. Feminism is the support of and belief in the equal rights of every person on earth. Equality. Balance. That is the definition of feminism. And as to whether or not we need it and who can be a feminist or not – the answer is yes and everyone. Until there is no longer a question in all of humanity as to who “deserves” to be treated equally and who does not, there will be a need for feminism. A right is not something that you have to work to deserve. It is innate. You are born and you have rights. Period. That is feminism. That is what today, the 8th of March is all about. Today is a day of dialogue and demonstration of the fact of equal rights. No, it’s not a belief. It is a fact that every person on earth is born with rights. I hope that by the time my son is my age this fact will be reflected in the daily lives of everyone on the planet. If it is not, then I am here today to make sure that he, like his father and grandfathers before him, like his mother and grandmothers before him, will continue the conversation until the world accepts the most basic fact of life on this planet – all people are born with equal rights of value, equal rights to decide what to do with their own body and ONLY their OWN body, to walk down the street without fear, to do their part, to education, to their place on this planet. Feminism means equality. We ALL benefit.

Kö estudio. Cursos de caligrafía.

Con mucha ilusión, os presento el próximo taller y colaboración en Poise, caligrafía con Kö Studio, Sonia Beroiz. Abajo una explicación del curso en sus propias palabras.

Los detalles concretos:

Primer Trimestre 2018. Escritura expresiva y personalizada.

Fechas:

Todos los días con el horario de 16:30 a 20:30h.

21 de enero – Itálica

18 de febrero – Inglesa o Copperplate

11 de marzo – Pincel

Precios:

1 taller – 70€

3 talleres – 180€

 

Kö estudio.
Cursos de caligrafía.

 

Resumen para los cursos de caligrafía.

Pack de tres cursos de iniciación a la caligrafía. Aprende las bases para gestualizar tu escritura mediante diferentes técnicas, herramientas y estilos caligráficos.
* Para el estudio de la Copperplate se recomienda tener conocimientos de itálica para una mayor comprensión de la técnica.

Este es un espacio que invita a la práctica, a la reflexión y a la experimentación de la caligrafía. Donde se puede aprender y disfrutar escribiendo, a partir de modelos históricos, mediante el aprendizaje y manejo de herramientas para crear composiciones con la letra o caligrafías como medio de expresión.
Si te gustan las letras, quieres profundizar en su historia, tienes curiosidad por entender sus formas y posibilidades este es tu sitio. Cursos prácticos donde aprenderemos distintas escrituras formales, diversas técnicas y materiales de escritura. Estudiaremos la interpretación formal de textos, composición, color y experimentación con diferentes familias caligráficas.

Si se quiere decir algo muy especial se puede hacer con mucho estilo o si simplemente disfrutar escribiendo.

 

 

 

Artículo.

“La caligrafía es el arte de formar los signos de una manera expresiva, armoniosa y culta”.
Claude Mediavila, calígrafo francés.

La delicadeza y la trama del papel, la esencia de las tintas, la pluma, el pincel, los colores, el gusto por el trazo y el movimiento hacen de la caligrafía un medio de expresión rítmica que se utiliza como mensaje.

Es un medio de comunicación y por tanto de expresión. Un medio de comunicación tradicional que ha ido evolucionando hasta nuestros días. Lo que la hace especial es la expresión de sus rasgos, señal de identidad, de naturalidad y reflejo de nuestra personalidad.

Es una especialidad donde los proyectos se hacen a mano, no participa la tecnología y ayuda a mejorar las habilidades motoras y psicomotrices a la par que la percepción visual, capacidades que se van perfeccionando con la práctica. La caligrafía ayuda a la concentración y a la memorización, escribir más despacio permite organizar mejor las ideas. Ayuda a pensar, organizar y estructurar mejor el pensamiento debido a que nuestro cerebro, al escribir con la mano permite una mayor concentración. Un proceso manual y mental que ejercita otros valores como la relajación, la disciplina, la destreza y la sensibilidad. Es una disciplina que cuida los detalles y las formas, y que necesita una constancia, lo que ayuda a ser más metódico. Muy a tener en cuenta en la infancia y en la madurez.

La letra se puede educar, desde alguien que tiene mala letra a alguien que quiere conocer diferentes modelos para conseguir llegar a una forma de escritura personalizada y expresiva. Conseguimos la mejora de nuestra escritura a la par que conocer la arquitectura básica en el diseño de las letras. En una entrevista al periódico la Vanguardia, Oriol Miró, uno de mis grandes maestros y bellísima persona, explica la importancia de la caligrafía y todo lo que aporta a nuestras vidas.

Forma parte de nuestra cultura y de nuestro patrimonio, por tanto, es un conocimiento universal. Su práctica lleva al aprendizaje de las distintas técnicas de escritura, sus herramientas, el ritmo y la proyección en el espacio. Vamos adquiriendo destreza conforme la practicamos. No solo se trata de escribir bello, sino de conseguir un equilibrio entre todos los elementos que la conforman.

Muchas gracias!

Sonia Beroiz

 

 

A Forced Rest and Its Gifts

For the past week, I’ve been in bed sick. I have cancelled an entire week of classes. I have relied heavily on my husband to take over absolutely everything and on my mother and brother-in-law to help out with my son even more than they already do so that I could just try to rest. I’ve actually been fighting something, the flu, a cough, fatigue, headaches, etc. for about a month now – mostly because I just wouldn’t rest. Well, my body, my husband, and my doctor finally said, “Enough! Stay in bed!”

So I listened.

The first couple days were feverish and spent coughing incessantly and all the other fun things that come with the flu that turned into a respiratory infection.

Lovely.

And after those couple days, that’s when I normally would’ve gone back to work, taking medication to keep my cough calm while pushing through my classes, nervous about if I looked healthy enough or if I’d have enough energy to get through the day. And that would’ve been disasterous.

This time, I’ve stayed home for a week. I’ve left the house to go to the doctor and the pharmacy – that’s it. And here’s what has happened…

1) I haven’t infected anyone else. Bravo me.

2) I’ve slept (as much as the coughing would let me) according to my own natural rhythms.

3) My anxieties about all the work that I have on my plate have disappeared; not because I have less work, but because even work that lights your soul on fire takes a distant second when you don’t feel well. And that helps put it all into perspective. Why do I let myself worry so much about being perfect at everything all the time?! It literally makes me sick. That’s why the flu/repiratory infection has had me laid up for so long. I let all my fears about how well I’m doing what I do turn me into a bundle of anxiety – and get this! – unconsciously!! My conscious mind can talk me into calm and control my breathing and do all those other cool yoga benefits we read about breathing exercises, physical exercise, meditation, etc. But guess what? I’ve learned that it didn’t cross over to the subconscious side, which held onto its favorite fear through every single breath, the fear that if I’m not perfect all the time, I’ll lose it all. Yes, you read that right. I know I’m not perfect, but I still seem to hold myself to an impossible standard and expect a certain type of result from myself with every single activity, large or small, important or insignificant. No wonder I’m exhausted and sick. I’m a bundle of nerves about getting the new dream company I’ve created off the ground. I’m focusing on expectations – something yoga tells us not to do – and I’m getting so attached to some persona I’ve invented in my head about who I have to be in order to do all of that – yet another thing yoga tells us not to do – that I’ve forgotten to enjoy it as a whole. I don’t mean to say that I’m like this every moment, but overall, I’m so worried about “making it work” that I forgot about what makes me “work.”

4) With the free time that lying in bed offers, I’ve been reading. A lot. A couple books. Dozens of articles. And in that time I came across one that is (finally) the point of today’s blog. “How your personality type affects your parenting style.” I thought that looked interesting. So I read it and then took the link to the test that is a modified version of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, which is based on theories of C. G. Jung. Here are the links to two more sites that offer free tests, require no personal information, and aren’t too obnoxious when trying to sell you their pay-for products.

www.16personalities.com (They have the test in 25 languages!!)

www.truity.com (Test only in English, but it’s cool to take both and see if you get the same results.)

5) No, I’m not going to tell you which I am. But I will tell you that when I read through some of the traits that were listed for my type, I laughed out loud at how spot on they were, and my anxiety about work and life and parenting and being enough disappeared.

6) These tests don’t hold the key to being perfect or instantly being forever happy or anything even close. But sometimes it is nice to have a bit of external insight on what’s going on internally. It’s somewhere in between the type of ice-cold-water slap in the face that wakes you right up and a soft, tender voice in your ear telling you, “Honey, of course you’re all right just as you are.”

So, what’s my point? As my mother-in-law says, being sick is good for you – it makes you stronger. I’m not any closer to perfect today than I was a week ago, but being sick and completely disconnected has given me back my own poise, something I lost a bit of in the whirlwind of creating Poise. It’s given me insight on how to practice what I preach and reminded me that all the sides of who I am deserve time and attention and care.

Just take a Nap

This morning/midday, I did something I almost never get to do anymore. I got a few hours to myself and I watched some new TED videos, Dean Ornish’s Healing through Diet talk from 2004, read part of a book, Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, that’s taking me a long time to read even though I’ve read it before and I read very fast (a few pages a night before bed is all I get these days), and then I took a nap.

It is Wednesday.

The universe kind of organized things for me so that I could have this time. Normally, I do not. I am self-employed, have a crazy schedule that covers the entire day, have just opened a new business, and I have a two-and-a-half-year-old bundle of joy that I often lovingly call my “tiny life terrorist” for his ability to disrupt sleep patterns and turn everything upside down from what it was just a few short years ago.

I’ll tell you what, sometimes deciding to not immediately reply to all the emails or return the phone calls (I’m sorry if you are someone waiting on a response from me, I’ll get to it very soon and in a much more positive mood!) and make your brain slow down on a Wednesday morning for a nap is absolutely the best health and happiness tonic in the world. And the world is not going to end if you turn off your phone for a while. It doesn’t have to be a Wednesday, but sometimes you just have to decide that you’re going to take a moment back from a busy, happy life and treat yourself to nothing other than a nap.

Now, here in Pamplona, in most of Spain, I’d say this is common wisdom that is an ingrained part of the culture. The Spanish word for nap is universally understood. But I’m American, and we don’t nap nearly as much or as well. So, all the things that I had to do before the nap are still there, but now they feel manageable and interesting (because I really do love my job, which is something that fascinates me every single day), and I somehow meditated in my sleep on how to best handle what needs deciding. This blog is certainly not scientific proof of the benefits of a siesta, as there were a million uncontrolled variables in my Wednesday Experiment, but if how much better I feel now than I did at 10 am is any proof at all, then I’m sold on the conclusion. Just go take a nap.

Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy

This week for the blog, I’d like to review two books by the same author, Marie Kondo. Both deal with the same subject, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up came first and fully discusses the KonMari Method of tidying, and Spark Joy delves deeper into the technicalities of tidying and storing things in a practical way. The first book is available in Spanish, La Magia del Orden, while the second, Spark Joy, doesn’t seem to be available yet. It just came out in English this month.

Magic CoverSpark Joy Cover

But those are the technicalities. Why have I chosen to write about and share these books? Well, they deal with removing clutter from our lives in a way that I’ve never heard before, I have clutter in my life (in fact, a previous blog entry was named Clutter), and for quite a while now I have been wondering how to deal with all the stuff that I don’t use but can’t seem to let go. I have become attached to my things and I have too many things.

Throughout the process of building Poise, I tried very hard to prevent any unnecessary item from entering this space. I wanted a place of flow and harmony. I wanted a space that only contained useful things that I love to use. This is the essence of Marie Kondo’s tidying philosophy and it is perfectly explained by the title of her second book, Spark Joy. Her whole system is based on keeping the things that you love and letting everything else go. This philosophy is very similiar to aspects of Yoga, those of non-attachment and contentment and cleanliness and self-examination, all aspects of the Yamas or Niyamas of Yoga.

Throughout the KonMari tidying process, you must repeat a single question, asking yourself this question over and over again about everything that you own: “Does this Spark Joy?” If the answer is no, then you should let that item go. Her method forces you to examine the ideal life that you would like to have and to select only those possessions that help create that life. It is an in-depth and honest self-examination. Again, I say that this is a concept that lies at the very base of Yoga, as well. We are here now, for only as long as we will be, and it seems a rather careless waste to fill our homes and lives with things that don’t bring us joy.

In full disclosure, I haven’t yet started the process on my own house (maybe this weekend?!). I just read the book last week. But I am fascinated by the concept and I agree with her philosophy of how to put our houses and lives in order. Her point is simple – we must tidy our lives by deciding what we want to keep because it brings us joy. That is all. The rest we must let go.

If you find yourself in my situation, a closet full of things that you’ve forgotten you have, or a general sense of clutter in your home, or even unfinished business that you’ve tucked away in a drawer someplace – then I highly recommend reading either or both of these books. To Marie Kondo (and her translators and publishers), I thank you for sharing this idea with the world. A revelation – truly.

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