Contemplations by Madeline Black
Contemplations by Madeline Black in Pilates Style Magazine
March/April issue 2018 Red dust falls Red flames sparks Red trucks hauls Red dog barks
Red helicopters soar Red phone alerts Red hot door Red bruise hurts
Red hills smoke Red panties packed Red hose soak Red generator jacked
Red autumn leaf falls Red tomatoes on the vine Red bird calls Red glass of wine Red light stop!
IN OCTOBER 2017, WILDFIRES BEGAN SPREADING ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA igniting terror and destruction throughout the once-idyllic landscape. "At 4:30a.m., I was awakened by my husband saying there is a fire and that I need to get up. At first, I was in shock," recalls the Sonoma, CA-based teacher of teachers Madeline Black. "At sunrise, we began preparing the house; we had no power or internet. We could see the flames on the hill near us. All we could do was to wait and watch for eight days." During the time, Madeline opened her studio, Studio M, which had regained power, for anyone in need. "On the second day, I led a free restorative movement class focusing on calming the nervous system. When the fires were contained and people were returning, we held a gathering to reunite and ground ourselves to help start getting back to life's routines." Here Madeline shares a piece she crafted amidst the chaos.