Teaching and Inspiration

September 30, 2012

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller

(Above) Flamenco Music & Dance Workshop with Chris Burton Jácome held at Glendale Community College

I love to teach. Love it. And I love my students. What is most fulfilling about teaching flamenco dance to me is the joy accomplishing a task brings to my students. I take great pride in seeing a student discover their abilities. ….The glimmer in their eyes as they find beauty in their own movement.

I myself have had INCREDIBLE instructors throughout my dance training. I feel so extremely fortunate about that.The discipline that being an artist requires has rippled into the other areas of my life.

(Above) Photo Courtesy: Sergio Photographer during a Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble Concert held at Chandler Center for the Arts.

In addition, I am aware of a spiritual connection that takes place when I perform and teach. There’s no doubt in my mind that I become connected to something greater.

I have much gratitude for the busy week that lies ahead filled with lessons. And I can’t help but express my appreciation for the work that I have in my life.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Serenity Now!!

September 28, 2012

I don’t know how often I find myself raising my arms to the sky thinking, “Okay!! Unexpected… Didn’t go as planned… SERENITY NOW!!!”  Somehow the image of the squirrel adds the humor that lightens up the situation.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

Peaceful Humility

September 28, 2012

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

I had the privilege of crossing paths with Ms. Brandee Wessel of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arizona Chapter. Chris and I provided entertainment for their annual fundraiser that transpired on Saturday, September 15th at the Mayo Clinic.

Here’s a brief article about the event that night from the AZ Red Book:

Cooks & Chords

Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale was the site of the 6th annual National MS Society, Arizona Chapter tasting event Sept. 15. The 255 guests enjoyed chef-prepared dishes served at food station stations and paired with wine as they browsed the raffle and silent auction. Flamenco dancer Lena Jácome and guitarist Chris Jácome provided the entertainment.

Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale provided the beautiful backdrop for Cooks & Chords.

Flamenco guitarist Chris Jácome and dancer Lena Jácome entertained.

The evening, chaired by Marion Kelly, raised more than $40,000 for the work of the MS Society, Arizona Chapter.

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Wow! What an honor to be a part of this event!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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The Untethered Soul

September 26, 2012

I love this book,’ The Untethered Soul‘ by Michael A. Singer. Here’s a brief passage from the book, page 67:

There’s a place deep inside of you where the consciousness touches the energy, and the energy touches the consciousness. That’s where your work is. From that place, you let go. Once you’ve let go, every minute of every day, year after year, then that’s where you’ll live…
….You will then be free to explore the nature and source of your true being – Pure Consciousness.

Normally, after reading books I’ll donate them, but this one I will be keeping in my small library and I will be reading again.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

 

 

 

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I grew up a soda drinker and as I entered my 20’s I became an avid coffee drinker. The affair lasted about 10 years. If you would have told me 3 years ago that I would eventually quit coffee completely AND I’d have amazing energy and feel better than I thought I ever could I would slap you and call you CRAZY! That is just how much I LOVED coffee…. Let me re-phrase: That is just how dependent I was on coffee for what I believed provided me with great energy and clear thinking.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the ‘idea’ of coffee. I love the smell and the pleasure it brings to people. But, I no longer drink it. It’s been two years now. I rarely crave it and life is good. Yes, I am a recovering coffee-holic.

So, now to the tea: Turmeric Root & Ginger Root Tea

I learned about this homeade tea from Christa Orecchio of The Whole Journey. She has some great recipes on her website and many I incorporate in my diet.

Ginger (above) Turmeric (below)

If you are not aware of the healing benefits of Turmeric Root then I encourage you to take a look at the following link: 20 Health Benefits of Turmeric

I buy organic turmeric root & ginger root. I slice about one inch from both (skinned and about the size of the tip of your thumb) and I steep in about a gallon of boiling water for a few hours. I drink a cup or two a day. It’s a mild taste and I LOVE the benefits from it.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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I crossed paths with a very talented photographer, Randy Bingham of Randy’s Vision Photography at a recent house concert. I was impressed at the images he captured considering the lighting was not ideal and his space was limited. Perfect for an intimate concert, but not so sure for photography. It was a great afternoon and I’m thrilled that I have some images from that day! Thank you Randy!

Above – Chris Burton Jácome

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Sincerely,

Bobby McFerrin

September 23, 2012

I remember exactly where I was when I first heard this incredible song, ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy‘. I was on a camping trip with my family. We were all in my dad’s truck taking an afternoon drive through the mountains in Southwest New Mexico.

Every time I hear this song I’m taken back to the time I first heard it. A very special memory for me! Doesn’t this song just make you smile?!!  I love it!!!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Looking for something to do on a Sunday Night? Look no more!

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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