let me help you help yourself (to life balance… and pie!)

21 Jun 2010 by Guest Blogger, No Comments »


Pie has always held a special place in my heart.  Unlike cake, which is always sweet, pie is versatile — there are savory pies that are good for you and sweet pies that are just sinfully good.

Pie and life have some things in common — sometimes you want to gobble it up though you can only eat so much (see: Stand By Me), and sometimes you can’t even seem to get a piece of it (Jeffersons, anyone?).  We all want to feel fulfilled without getting too full.  So how do we strike a balance when it feels like our life-pie is filling the plate so fast we can’t eat it, but we want more than just a slice?

Find out at a special workshop next week (and eat yummy pie too)!

WHAT: Life of Pie: a Life Balance workshop (how to get the whole thing instead of just a slice)
WHO: Tractivists guided by Jenny Chafe, wellness coach and owner of Art of Embodiment
WHEN: Wed, June 30, 7–9 pm
WHERE: Traction HQ, 1018 Broad St. in Durham
RSVP: balance@getTraction.org (spaces are limited)

This evening is designed to help you take a step back from the chaos and into clarity, calm, and community.

What does it mean to be in balance — within ourselves, with the planet, and within our lives in this fast-paced, stressful, and sometimes fragmented world?  How can our community life strengthen and sustain us more?

In this free workshop, we will:

  • Learn simple mindfulness skills for self-awareness and stress reduction
  • Take inventory to see how balanced we are among the three major states of being
  • Choose among the life map ingredients of Self, Home, Work, and Community that we want to bring into more balance
  • Define our values so we can take baby steps to align with them
  • Commit to one or more positive choices that strengthen our balance and our ties to our local and larger community

By the end of this evening of reflection, conversation, and brainstorming, we’re hoping you will walk away with some great pie in your tummy plus the following:

  1. A sense of your basic level of balance between the areas of self, home, work, and community.
  2. Three of your top values that can guide your commitments and intentions in life
  3. One to three steps you can commit to that will improve your level of balance in one lagging area
  4. At least one way to — in a future moment — bring yourself back to balance, or into awareness about what might be out of balance

Optional follow-up support after the workshop: buddy up with another Tractivist as accountability partners for your chosen goals, or choose to get email support.

Community, pie, and aligning more with your vision of what your personal Life of Pie looks like. What more could you ask for?

In wellness and enjoyment,

Jenny Chafe, MA
mbira player, organic pie maker, Tractivist

P.S. Upcoming Traction events:
June 22: Lobby Day and Reception w/ NCVCE. chase@getTraction.org
June 30: Life of Pie (how to get the whole thing instead of just a slice): a life balance workshop. balance@getTraction.org
July 8: Hang out w/ Justin Krebs: founder of Drinking Liberally and author of 538 Ways to Live, Work and Play like a Liberal
Plus more outdoors events, maybe a green brewery tour, a wine tasting, and other ways to quench your summer thirst!

P.P.S. Tomorrow is the last day to VOTE in the run-off primary!  Click here to see what’s on the ballot in your county, then go to your polling place to vote.  Find your polling place (and your voting history) here.

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