Mental and Spiritual



At Dragon Boat Charleston, our message is clear:  You are never alone! As part of the Club, the Team and side by side in the boat, you always have someone who is there who understands where you have been and where you are going -- literally and figuratively. Studies have shown that when cancer survivors are part of a team, that they have better health outcomes. Our mission is to promote mental health of cancer survivors. Becoming part of the team -- and part of the DBC family -- is how we do this.

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Empathy

When youplant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce.  You look for reasons it is not doing well. Itmay need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun.  You never blame the lettuce.

Yet, if wehave problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person.  But if we know how to take care of them theywill grow well, like the lettuce.

Blaming hasno positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason orargument. That is my experience.  Noblame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. 

If youunderstand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situationwill change.

by ThichNhat Hanh,  a Vietnamese Buddhistmonk and peace activist. Thích Nhất Hạnh lives in the Plum Village meditationcenter in southwest France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talksBornOctober 11, 1926 (age 91 years), Hue, Vietnam

PaddleChia  Part II of V

How Do We Define Success in DragonBoating? By Kristin Stickels

Part II  Individual Success

Think about thevarious athletes on your team. For some, athleticism comes naturally. They havebeen engaging in some sort of athletic endeavor since childhood and areaccustomed to the kinesthetic rigors of sports. Others have only recently foundthemselves pursuing athletic activities. For them fitness, conditioning and flexibilitymay be much more of a struggle. What one paddler may take for granted in termsof coordination or endurance, another may have had to really fight for. If bothare on the race roster, who has had more success in getting there?

Your path towardsimprovement is a crucial component of your overall success. Don’t discount thejourney. 

I recently readabout 2016 Olympian runner Nikki Hamblin who helped Abbey D’Agostino cross thefinish line after the two were involved in a mid-race collision in whichD’Agostino fell and clipped Hamblin. Helping D’Agostino to her feet, Hamblinencouraged her by saying, “We have to finish!” Hamblin was awarded the rareOlympic Fair Play award that has only been handed out 17 times in OlympicHistory. Although Hamblin was not on the podium, is she not successful?