We are so excited to be launching a new website for everyone and we hope that you will find it easy to use, and both interesting and helpful. A big thanks to Michelle Urbick for her flexible, creative and professional skills.
It’s funny that redesigning a website can lead to so many important and valuable questions for us at Manitou Center like: Who are we? What is our story? What do we have to offer our community? How can we best be of service?
These are just a few of the many thought-provoking questions that I have been sitting with over the last few weeks. I think this process of self-inquiry, whether it is for us as individuals, families, professionals, or local and global communities, is a critical one to ask, particularly at this time in the world, when there is so much need. Look around. Look inside. Look outside. The needs are prolific!
When Manitou Center began 7 years ago, we opened up our front yard as a training place for self-exploration via the study of kung fu. A year later we found a home inside a warm and comfortable space in downtown Winona so that we could train indoors when the weather was cold and we could sit together for meditation. Gradually we have added more mind-body practices, classes, courses, workshops and retreats based on the needs of our community.
In life, regardless of what we are teaching or learning, we show up with ourselves. But what exactly does that mean? How do we really want to live? What do we want to offer the world and ourselves? My own ongoing commitment and goal is to show up for what each moment presents, with openness, adaptability, love and compassion to what’s right here.
There is only so much we can plan for, only so much to prepare. I am far from having perfected this in everyone moment, but my effort is here and my heart is ready. If we get too caught in the traps of planning out our life, needing it to match what our expectations are, we might find ourselves in a rigid place, swimming upstream, and truly unprepared to meet what’s really in front of us.
At Manitou Center, we plan to continue unfolding and meeting our community where it is. If you have needs, hopes, ideas for how we can better nurture and support your mind-body-spirit, please come to us. Let us be a resource, a listener, an advocate and friend to you, your children, and family as we journey this interesting time together.