Somehow we have missed the boat on the Complaint-Free World campaign that apparently is a major phenomenon. But it’s not too late. West Seattle’s own Nia Divas are planning a free event to kick off a campaign for a Complaint-Free WS … replete with complimentary purple bracelets like the ones shown above, while supplies last. It’s not till next weekend but it sounds so fun, we wanted to give it a shoutout tonight — a special event including refreshments, a free Nia class, and “time & facilitation to understand what constitutes complaining and how it dramatically affects our lives,” 9 am-11 am Saturday 11/10 at Youngstown Arts Center. Below, a letter from one of the organizers:
Hi, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m Jill and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a Nia Teacher who reads People magazine (confession time). I read about A Complaint-Free World back in February before it skyrocketed to success. I immediately wanted to do this for myself, with my students. I just love the idea; so I made a donation and ordered 40 bracelets* and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how this whole thing got startedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.. My motto is learn, love and share and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thrilled to see that happening.
What does Nia have to do with a Complaint Free World (CFW)? Some people may ask, Ã¢â‚¬Å“What does a fitness class have to do with the worldwide movement of not complaining?Ã¢â‚¬Â Well, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how they work together for me.
#1) Awareness: Taking a fitness class is not the same as a Nia experience. In Nia, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll dance and move with awareness, in joyful relationship with your self–body-mind-emotions and spirit. CFW invites you to become aware and pay attention (to what you are saying) and make a conscious choice to change the way you speak.
#2) Energy follows Attention: What each of us focus on grows. In Nia, we focus on movements that feel good. We focus on finding how to move with pleasure, all the time. If we arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t in pleasure, we tweak our movements to regain pleasure. In CFW, we know that complaining doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make us happier, so we tweak what we say to regain pleasure and refocus on the goodness in our life.
#3) Moving your body impacts your existence more than anything. You can read about how to ski, what a sunset may look like, how it feels to meditate or make love. Until you do it in with your body–itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a story in your head. Nia is body-centered. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a joyful, simple and effective way to implant this new state of being–less complaining, and more gratitude!
PSS – Wil Bowen, the creator of A Complaint-Free World, will be at Bellevue Unity Church, Sunday, Nov. 11th, 9 am and 11 am. What a surprise, I had no idea he was due in town the same weekend as our event.
*HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how it works:
Begin to wear the bracelet, on either wrist.
When you catch yourself complaining, gossiping or criticizing (itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ok, everyone does) move the bracelet to the other arm and begin again.
If you hear someone else who is wearing a bracelet complain, you may point out their need to switch the bracelet to the other arm; BUT if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to do this, you must move your bracelet first!
Stay with it. It may take many months but when you reach 21 days you will find that your entire life is happier, more loving and more enjoyableÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
*Adapted from acomplaintfreeworld.org
Again, that’s a week from tomorrow, Saturday 11/10, 9 am-11 am at Youngstown Arts Center. No child care but young people 12 and up are welcome to participate. Read more here.