Amma love

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Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma

Or Mother, for love and compassion toward all beings. Her life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally. Even as a small girl, she drew attention with the many hours she spent in deep meditation on the seashore. Throughout her life, Amma has embraced and comforted more than 32 million people. I was grateful to have an opportunity to meet Amma and to experience the presence of a holy person at the Amma retreat in Massachusetts.

More Than Skin Deep

Hugging not only feels good but it turns out the effect is more than skin deep. A study by University of North Carolina researchers found that hugs increase the “bonding” hormone oxytocin and decrease the risk of heart disease. Not big on hugs? That’s ok, because just like a hug, a touch can show love, understanding, requiring no response and leading to physiological calming, emotional well-being, relieving stress, and enhancing trust between giver and recipient. If hugging people might feel funny at first, you might learn to enjoy it over time.

Sending you a SoaringHug, share it with the people you love or with a stranger who needs a little lift today.

July Newsletter

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Summer is upon us and I spent a week in LA for the world conference on Positive Psychology, where fellow practitioners shared cutting edge wisdom, knowledge and FUN. One of the highlights was creating videos to inspire hospitalized children and their families with Barbara Fredrickson, the leading expert on positivity and love and Shane Lopez, the world renowned expert on hope. I look forward in sharing these videos with you in the next newsletter. Stay tuned to learn about the latest scientifically-based findings in a new positive psychology construct called SOAR, as my Master’s thesis is only weeks away from being finalized. I look forward to sharing the empirical findings on how Soaringwords interventions elevated well-being for hundreds of pediatric patients. If you are going to be in Miami on July 13, join me for a high-energy Zumba® Fitness master class 100% of the funds will support free monthly Soaringwords Zumba® Fitness classes for patients, families and staff in pediatric hospitals throughout Florida.
Sending you much love and soaringwords,
Lisa
T.646-674-7105, C.917-499-3783, lisa@soaringwords.org
Soaringwords News
Recent and cool Soaringwords events. IMPACT Day

On Friday, June 7, Deloitte employees around the world headed into the community for IMPACT Day, a global day of service. In NYC, a delegation of employees volunteered with Soaringwords and mentored sixth graders at Dual Language Middle School in a three-hour community service project. The day started with inspirational talk about leadership and altruism, followed by the decoration of SoaringQuilts® and SoaringPillows® with inspirational messages and artwork to donate to patients at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. The entire group enjoyed a high-energy Zumba® Fitness class led by one of our favorite instructors Thomas Estler. The day ended with a closing circle and a visit to the hospital.MORE PHOTOS


We are all connected
On June 21, I was honored to give the commencement speech at Independent School 229, in the Bronx. After getting to know the eighth graders through Soaringwords Educational Outreach field trips, throughout the school year, I felt a strong connection with these young people. It was a thrill to be part of this momentous life-cycle event and to give the students some words that soar and inspire them as they begin their high school careers and young adulthood. MORE PHOTOS

Summit

Never doubt the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead. We held a Soaringwords’ Summit to discover, dream, design and deliver for Soaringwords’ 2013/2014 expansion. The power of our small group of dedicated strategists under the capable leadership of facilitator Nadya Peeva, co-created several million-dollar insights which we will be manifesting in the months ahead. Dr. Peggy Kern joined Soaringwords as the Director of Research and will help us empirically measure all interventions: hospital outreach programs, educational outreach initiatives, youth leaders programs, employee engagement initiatives. Special thanks to Horizon Media for hosting this event in their fabulous offices. MORE PHOTOS

Community Outreach

A team of spirited JPMorgan Chase employees under the guidance of the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) in Chicago came together to embrace patients and families at Shriner’s Hospital.

SoaringStar

Special thanks to the lovely, understated Ingri De La Cruz for her leadership in IS 229 school and in the community. Through her dedication she is inspiring students to embrace life of service, as part of becoming well-rounded, successful human-beings. She is a strong and resilient role model and precisely what you want in an educator.

SoaringHealth & Wellness When you look up to the sky, you’ll find constellations of compassion. Compassion Lab founder Jane Dutton & Soaringwords’ Founder Lisa Buksbaum collaborated on three articles to bring hope and a paradigm shift for children and families grappling with serious illness. Using the metaphor of constellations, we encourage children, parents, and healthcare professionals to find their own north star amidst turmoil.Check out the three articles and the SoaringConstellations projects that school children have made for hospitalized children.

Touch Points

Soaringwords has powerful leadership service projects to add to your summer-fall conferences and meetings. If you know of a fabulous, hard-working, brilliant college student, we still have space in our Soaringwords internship programs for the fall. Contact us at: 646-674-7105, heal@soaringwords.org.