Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City

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Sunday, September 6 at 10 am
Lyena Strelkoff: Dancing with the Dragon — Unleashing adversity's gifts
Title: Dancing with the Dragon — Unleashing adversity's gifts
Whether it's personal or communal, adversity touches all human lives. And when it does, we generally recognize two options: beat it, or be beaten by it. But there is a third option, vast and elegant, through which our experience of adversity can include not only great beauty, wisdom, power, and grace, but even a rise to our highest calling and purpose. To "dance with the dragon" is to unleash adversity's potent power to transform our lives in inspired ways, while cultivating a deep, abiding resilience that soothes our aching hearts and rejuvenates our tattered spirits. 
Lyena Strelkoff is a storyteller, Shero, and soul-school teacher who has been facilitating transformative experiences for more than 20 years. As a lifelong dancer, Lyena's greatest conscious fear came to pass when she became paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 33. Certain prior to the injury that such a devastating loss would ruin her life, she was shocked to find herself instead on a Shero's Journey, a spiritual path of awakening to her own power and purpose in service to others. A longtime writer, theater artist, educator, and spiritual teacher (she holds a Master's Degree in Human Development, a Bachelor's Degree in Drama, and is a former leader of Circle of Aradia, the largest and longest existing Dianic Wiccan congregation in the world), Lyena set out to deconstruct and document the process of this awakening for the purpose of sharing the transformative benefits of such a journey, and igniting the power and potential dwelling within us all. Today, she shares her teaching stories around the world (NPR, KCRW, KPCC, etc.); leads spiritual, life coaching retreats; and works privately with people to create vibrant, purposeful lives from the turmoil of personal adversity. She is the creator of The Shero's Way™, a practical approach to thriving in any circumstance; host of The Shero Show and The Shero Summit; co-author of the book Dancing at the Shame Prom; and author/performer of the autobiographical, one-woman play, Caterpillar Soup, which has toured extensively in the US. She lives with her husband and young son (post-injury gifts from the Universe) and strives to empower others in every way she can. You can find stories, teachings, and information at her blog, ItsNotAboutTheChair.com.
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