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Through Director Matthew Heineman’s Award-nominated doc “American Symphony”  Musician Jon Batiste’s Compositional Achievement and His Wife’s Battle to Overcome Cancer are Examined

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In 2015, when Stephen Colbert launched his version of the Late Show — taking over from David Letterman — one of his first moves was to invite musician Jon Batiste and his group, Stay Human, to provide the nightly musical accompaniment. In 2020, he co-composed the score for the Pixar-animated film “Soul,” for which The New Orleans native received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and a BAFTA Award (all shared with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross). He has garnered five Grammys from 20 nominations, including an “Album of the Year” win for “We Are” in 2021. With that under his belt, he left the Late Show in 2022, to develop his “American Symphony.”

That orchestral creation became the basis of director Matthew Heineman’s documentary, “American Symphony.” — released September 2023. This doc records the process of Jon Batiste composing his first symphony while his partner, writer Suleika Jaouad, is battling the return of her cancer. Netflix and Higher Ground Productions are distributing.

Heineman’s inspiration and fascination with American history led him to early success with the documentary “Cartel Land,” which was nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar, a BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, and won three Primetime Emmy Awards.

In 2009, the 40-year-old founded Our Time Projects, Inc., his New York–based production company, which would later release “Our Time,” his first documentary, about what it’s like to be young in America. His 2021 film “The First Wave” received the Pare Lorentz Award from the International Documentary Association, was shortlisted for an Oscar, and was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, winning Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. “Retrograde,” his 2022 film, was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directing and won an Outstanding Editing Emmy.

This piece is based on the duo’s appearance at a screening in The Museum of Modern Art.

T2c: Jon, the film is an incredible look at the intricacies of the creative process. What is life like living inside your mind? You hear all this noise, you’re singing, improvising, and then, it just needs a little more than that.

Jon Batiste: Hello. I’m always thinking about things that I don’t know that I’m thinking about. My subconscious mind is always going.

T2c: The known and unknowns?

Jon Batiste: It’s happening and I feel something churning when it really gets going and then it diverges. It’s so hard to make some visuals more than not. Something I can’t explain, but the subconscious is working and there’s things that are happening in the present — and then both are working. They come together in moments and that’s typically where the music comes from.

T2c: Matt, what’s it like to have an artist like Jon as the subject, the protagonist of the story?

Matthew Heineman: I think we all owe so much to them for opening themselves up during such an unbelievably vulnerable and sensitive time of their lives. I’ve always tried to approach filmmaking in a very improvisational way. Every film I’ve ever made is something completely different than when I started. And this film is no exception. It was really fun to apply that ethos of filmmaking to one of the greatest improvisers in history. And to dance with him… in both the macro sense of trying to structure this story and in a micro sense, within each day shooting and within each shot.

T2c: There’s so many moments of profound insight in the film from you, Jon and the people around you — through your relationships with them and your creative process. At one point you talk about genuine acceptance and gratitude which requires so much humility and self-awareness. How did this function in your work?

Jon Batiste: The thought of being great is a dangerous idea. When you’re creating music in the most pure sense, you become a vessel of something that you don’t fully understand and couldn’t ever fully grasp. The music is a way to point at it and share it. That’s always going to be greater than you. Now, if you get used to functioning in that stream of consciousness, that creative place that all the ideas come from, you can start to think that it’s you. That’s where self-awareness comes from. Even though I have so many ideas all the time, and I’m always creating. I’ve always managed to make it happen. I can lose that one day, anybody can, because it’s not me. That’s an important part of the work. That’s how it functions in the work. It’s the most crass and direct sensibility of thinking about how it functions is, you ain’t great, bad. You’re just a vessel. If I can stay in that space then the world will be great.

T2c: Matthew, can you talk about how different it was in making this film from making some of your others. Being an artist yourself, right, and witnessing, filmmaking is really a profound act of witness. Jon’s process and Sulaika’s relationship, talk about what it was like to use your craft to show us their journey.

Matthew Heineman: Obviously, if you look at the films I made, this is definitely different yet in many ways it is the same. I approached it with the same fear, I think, that I approach every film. Am I going to fail? How am I going to do this? We have an amazing team, obviously, making this film. But it was an exorbitant film, and we had to really commit to this process. At first, Sulaika didn’t want to be part of the film, apprehensive of being seen as the sick wife in this story. It took a lot of trust building with her and with Jon to make them comfortable with my very immersive style of filming. We were shooting 12, 16, 18 hours a day, seven days a week for seven or eight months. We shot 1500 hours of footage. It was a real commitment.

After about a month or so, we’d all go over to each other and were like, “If we’re going to do this, let’s really truly do this and commit to this. The thing that probably scared me the most was depicting the artistic process, depicting what Jon just described, this sort of magic that he just channels as a vessel as he said. I think that moment after he dedicates the song to Sulaika, we hold on that shot for 92 seconds or however long it was. In most films, it’s a strange choice to hold in silence for so long. It was like Jon literally writes the story for us. With all this weight on his shoulders, his love for Sulaika, how he’s changed life into art, and art into life. It’s all there on his face, his hands, his left and right hand. I just love telling stories without words, telling stories with emotion — and shooting based on emotion.

T2c: When you talk about shooting and capturing emotion in the film, there’s just so many moments. There’s things that you can tell about couples that typify a relationship, where you can see the relationship without having to describe it. These two are just in it. Everybody knows how much you love your wife, which is really good.

Jon Batiste: That’s one of the things I noticed. I was like, “Man, that’s a good choice. Yes indeed!” I’m always joking around in that situation about the reality of not knowing if she was going to make it. All of the things that were going on outside the hospital and in the hospital room, that element of the relationship is like a force field. I didn’t realize what that would look like and how much that’s something that insulates us from the harsh realities of life. It’s really deep, the certain things in your relationship, value systems, humor, and creativity.

They all become these means of survival. That’s really one of the things that we picked up on and one of the things — from the beginning — that really brought us together and helped us weather a lot of things. I noticed that really did come across, as Matt and Lauren, as filmmakers and the production team, are finding a way to notice that in the footage and then carry that narrative thread throughout. That was powerful, because it also ties into the way that the themes of the score and the symphony tie in with the many themes within the film. It was very powerful to see that depicted through this truly masterful work by this team.

T2c: Matt, it takes 14 minutes before the first few notes of what we will eventually discover is the beginning of “American Symphony.” It’s just so great, it’s really subtle. It really has wonderful touches about the actual concert at Carnegie Hall and what that must have been like. Jon is just getting started and then the power goes out. Only people on the stage realize exactly what is going on. Then Jon literally plays the power back into existence. Jon is literally at the piano and conjures electricity. How did you deal with that situation? What were you doing? You’ve got folks with cameras all over recording it all.

Matthew Heineman: I saw that Steadicam and I was like, “That’s not even sending in the camera to get that shot. I definitely was like, “Wow, this is great.” To be honest, it was very confusing. There’s confusion with Jon and confusion about what is happening. The lights are on, but electronics are not on. Oh, all the recording devices are off. It had been a pretty long battle with the folks at Carnegie and various other entities to get a steadicam on stage. For me, it was really important to see that experience through Jon’s eyes, to hear the creak of the bench, to see the sweat on the brow, to see the crowd from his perspective. That’s the man who literally — I can tell you — walked into Carnegie Hall, and was up there to date. Thankfully, I won that battle. And if it wasn’t for that Steadicam, that whole experience wouldn’t have been recorded. The shotgun mic on the Steadicam is the sound source for that moment and it’s a beautiful moment. It’s so indicative of Jon. He takes a second, breathes it in, and he’s like, all right. Well, I’m impressed. It ties the film together in a really beautiful way.

T2c: Jon, what was that like for you? Sulaika is out in public, for the first time in almost a year, right? You have gotten really tough news about this. You enter the space in Carnegie Hall, and in a way, the entire hall shifts with you. You’re in this resplendent suit. It’s reflecting light in all directions. You walk into Carnegie Hall, all eyes are on you. You’re doing your thing. Then, power cuts out. There’s still this fountain of joy coming from you. You’re talking to all these artists about what we want them to bring to the process. How did you make the decision that we’re going to go on?

Jon Batiste: The great Joe Salem, the drummer who I played with since we were in high school, he’s from Pennsylvania, and wears a cowboy hat. Joe has noticed this theme, it’s almost like a tradition from every show that we’ve played for almost 20 years. Something always goes wrong [laughter]. Something always breaks or somebody’s pants split. The bass drum pedal will bust. Something will happen, the mic will shut. There’s a real beauty to that. Furthermore, I think there’s an actual purpose to that. There’s a divine logic, a cadence that’s meant to be a part of my work.

Often, I’ll create things in these moments within the composition. Nobody on the stage will know what will happen in specific moments. It’s designed for us to show up in a moment together. [So, there are blank bars on the page.] It will be even more abstract than blank. It will be creating a scenario. Sometimes that requires me, with this piece that I did, we had to create a notation that’s different to standard notation of music in order to get everybody to know it. Okay, this is the scenario. Now that we’re in the scenario, let’s see. That was one that I didn’t initiate. But the beauty of it is now that piece that has improvised composition. The spontaneous composition of the moment will now be in “American Symphony” from henceforth. When we perform it again, this piece is now so. This is the beauty of these things, that happens. Discovery is always greater than adventure [applause].

T2c: Your performance is seamless and comforting and yet so profound. It’s really obvious that you as the vessel, like you said, developed from clearly a strong faith.

Jon Batiste: The present is all we have. What we see in the present oftentimes doesn’t indicate the full range and majesty of the truth, of being, of who we are. Many times people see a person, but they don’t tell the good about his color. They see somebody and there’s so much in all of us. I have faith in people because there’s such a transformative power that people have within them. Beyond that, the creator of all things, the God of the universe, has created this planet and life force. This moment in the celestial expanse of time, I have this measure that keeps changing and expanding. It’s un-understandable. It’s unfathomable. That in and of itself gives me faith that we can’t grasp what is, and we can’t know what will be.

What’s left? The transformative power that we have within us, the trust and belief in the thing that created this whole existence as we know it… We can measure it to a limited capacity. What we create and make so infectious, is so inevitable, so true and profound, real and moving. It’s drawing us in and speaking to something greater than ourselves. It’s showing us a way to something else that we can’t even articulate. What a beautiful thing to do, share and be in the world. I could go on and on about faith, but I’m just grateful that God put it in me to share a message that will uplift and help people.

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Let Flowers Carry Your Heartfelt Messages on Occasions of Sympathy or Congratulations!

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You make gifting decisions on many diverse occasions to propose to the love of your life, win your date’s confidence, surprise her on her birthday, or admire your mom’s contribution to your life. You want to let them know how much they mean to you. One may pick expensive gifts as a straightforward way to woo people they care about the most. Can you buy them often? You know it depends on many factors. But buying a flower bouquet is easier. It also shows your loving, caring, and soft side. When you gift flowers, the recipient can feel your warmth before you say anything. The colours and fragrances can put them in a good mood instantly.

Nevertheless, flowers can also be the perfect gesture for professional or sombre settings. You can give them to your colleagues to boost their enthusiasm or cheer them up. You can buy them a bouquet on their birthday. However, if someone has transcended the physical boundaries for the world beyond, you can again mark your presence in their last round of journey with a bouquet. A reputable Mississauga florist will have all types of flowers to help you choose one based on the need of the hour. However, it will help to know beforehand which flowers and flower colours symbolize what. So, let’s gather some insights.

  • For colleagues/ clients

The choice of flower bouquet will depend on the celebratory occasion, such as work promotion, birthday, or work anniversary. Your relationship with the recipient also matters. Attach a personal note to the bouquet to convey your message. Typically, people pick hydrangeas, orchids, and tulips to be safe, as these are hypoallergenic. Knowing the suitable flower choices that celebrate the true spirit of the specific occasion will be great. For example, lilies and tulips are best for your colleague’s birthday. You can give your co-worker or client orchids or roses on their promotions. If you want to Thank You, your options include hydrangeas, tulips, and lilies.

  • For funeral or condolence meets

A grieving family expects warmth, comfort, and sympathy from near and dear ones. Everyone may not be the language champions. Or, their expressions could be too precise for a warm condolence. One can avoid all these obstacles by picking the right floral bouquet from a recognized Mississauga floral arrangements. They will have the best quality of fresh flowers of most varieties. You can choose white lilies to show your respect and grief for the deceased. Lilies are luxury flowers for condolence or funerals. People appreciate this gesture for the flower’s ethereal beauty and symbolism of soul restoration.

You can carry a bouquet of yellow roses to demonstrate your friendship bond or red for grief for the one who’s gone too far, never to return. If you want to convey to the family that you are there for them, you can carry a hydrangea flower bouquet. Some people carry Calla Lilies to funerals to stand by the grieving families in their hope that the deceased will be reborn. Purple orchids are symbols of respect.

Flowers embody all types of expressions in their soft petals and fragrances. So, let these gentle gems of nature showcase your emotions.

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Events For June

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On going is still  Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, is at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9.Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Until 8/11 the Whitney Biennial, this happens every two years.  This year, the theme is “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and features the work of 71 artists and collectives. Also on display is Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission and goes until 10/2. The Rubin Museum, is permanently closing its physical space later this year and is open until October. If you’ve never been time to go. Until 10/27: The New York Botanical Garden is getting in on the Mad Hatter fun with a new, garden-wide exhibition for 2024 titled “Wonderland: Curious Nature.”

6/1 -23: How Long Blues at Little Island. Twyla Tharp featuring live music by T Bone Burnett and David Mansfield.

6/6 – 16: Tribeca Film Festival

6/7 – 9: Governors Ball

6/7 – 24: River to River Festival 50th anniversary has celebrations of dance, music, video, installation, and exhibitions. Featuring 13 projects of live art, performances, and participatory events in public spaces throughout Downtown New York, the 2024 River To River Festival explores themes of resonance, reconsideration, and resistance.  All events are free and open to all. Reservations are requested for some performances and events with limited capacity reserve here.

6/9: National Puerto Rican Day Parade

6/10: Movie nights in Bryant Park Forrest Gump (1994)

6/12: The Tony Awards

6/12: NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

6/12 – 30: Summer for the City The Dream Machine Experience and The Bridge Lincoln Center Presents Time travel through an immersive AR experience across our outdoor spaces led by Cyboracle, the larger-than-life virtual avatar portrayed by Nona Hendryx.

6/12: The third annual Summer for the City festival. Over 200 free or choose-what-you-pay events that span a variety of topics, genres and  locations.

6/13 – 16: Juneteenth New York Festival

6/13: Summer for the City The Outdoor Film Series Black Swan Natalie Portman gives an Oscar-winning turn as a sheltered but driven young dancer with a ballet company in NYC who begins to buckle under pressure

6/17: Movie nights in Bryant Park The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

6/18 and 20: SummerStage The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital featuring Leah Hawkins, Mario Chang, Michael Sumuel

6/19 – 30: Black Restaurant Week up to 80 participating venues, including Red Rooster Harlem, Cascade Jerk, Twins BBQ Co., Collective Fare, Tamarind Island, Voila Afrique, Misfits Nutrition, Brooklyn Blend, Negril Village, Lee Lee’s Baked Goods, The Real Mothershuckers and many more.

6/20: Summer for the City The Outdoor Film Series Before Sunrise Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) meet on a cross-Europe train. In Vienna, they walk, talk, look around—and fall unexpectedly in love. Damrosch Park

6/21: Summer for the City Social Dance Abaddón Tango. Get swept up in the majesty and beauty of Argentinian tango at this social dance night featuring the Abaddón Tango sextet.

6/21: 125th birthday of the Bronx Zoo 

6/21: Summer for the City The Outdoor Film Series Before Sunset. Nine years after Before Sunrise’s open-ended finale, Before Sunset’s immediate question—did Jesse and Céline reunite in Vienna—soon gets eclipsed.

6/21: Summer for the City Silent Disco. Strut your stuff under the stars as our popular Silent Disco series returns to NYC’s largest outdoor dance floor with a ten-foot disco ball.

6/22: The Coney Island The Mermaid Parade kicks off at 1pm.

6/22: Summer for the City Mykal Kilgore a concert for all ages featuring GRAMMY-nominated performing artist Mykal Kilgore!

6/22: Summer for the City The Wedding: New York’s Biggest Day Ever dreamed of getting married at Lincoln Center? For the third year in a row, we’re inviting hundreds of couples to celebrate love. Come join us!

6/22 -23: SailGP (Sail Grand Prix) will bring 10 international teams to the waters to race turbocharged F50 catamarans at more than 60 miles per hour. Fans can watch the action in stadium-style seats close to shore along Governors Island.

6/23: Summer for the City Rosanne Cash.  one of America’s leading songwriters and creative voices, performs a live set on the 30th anniversary of her classic album, The Wheel.

6/24 and 26: SummerStage The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital featuring Brittany Olivia Logan, Hannah Jones, Matthhew Cairns

6/26: Summer for the City ABT Silent Disco With DJ Remeice and Connor Holloway. Celebrate Pride Week with American Ballet Theatre in a silent disco spun by DJ Remeice and co-

6/24: Movie nights in Bryant Park Boomerang (1992)

6/26-29: Robeson at Little Island.

6/29: SummerStage Pride Disco: DJ Trixie Mattel + Amanda Lepore + Jess King

6/30: Pride Fest, The March

6/30: SummerStage Dreamland: Pride In Central Park With John Summit

 

 

 

 

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The New York Philharmonic is giving a free concert on Monday, May 27th to honor of Memorial Day. Go inside the beautiful Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the program will include Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Copland’s Quiet City and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Its free but you can get a limited ticket, which are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
See Top Gun: Maverick Friday, May 24 at The Intrepid. Doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at sunset. Make sure to bring some blankets and lawn chairs along. You can also bring your own food and drinks (alcohol is not permitted, though), and light snacks will be sold at the event.

Also at the Intrepid on Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26 there will be musical performances and explore a variety of displays, activities, and demos from the military, including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Naval Research and many more. OnMonday, May 27The Museum’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Tour Naval ships all week long:

Manhattan, Pier 88 South
— Amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5) from Norfolk, Virginia
Public tours only on Saturday, May 25, from 9am-4pm

Manhattan, Pier 90 North
— Baden-Württemberg-class frigate FGS Baden-Württemberg (F-222) from Germany
— Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt am Main (A-1412) from Germany
Public tours only on Saturday, May 25, from 9am-4pm

Manhattan, Intrepid Museum, Pier 86
— Four U.S. Naval Academy YPs, Annapolis, Maryland
Public tours are available May 23-24, from 10am-5pm

— Bay-class cutter USCGC Sturgeon Bay (WTGB-109) from Bayonne, New Jersey
Public tours are available May 23-27, from 10am-5pm

Homeport Pier, Staten Island
— Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS MARINETTE (LCS 25) from Mayport, Florida
— Legend-class cutter USCGC Calhoun (WMSL-759) from Charleston, South Carolina
— Keeper-class coastal buoy tender USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552) from Bayonne, New Jersey
Public tours are available May 23-27, from 8am-5pm

Every year, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park is a site for a Memorial Day Observance. Representatives from the New York Council and other military and veterans support organizations participate in this annual ceremony to honor all who have served and sacrificed. The monument is located at Riverside Drive and 89th Street and the event is free and open to the public from 10am to noon.

Ride the wave of creativity at Convergent Waves: NYC, an immersive multimedia dance event aboard the 1885 tall ship Wavertree in the Seaport. Dancers will perform contemporary works on this historic vessel. The performance was conceived by Lenora Lee, of Lenora Lee Dance, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in this collaboration with South Street Seaport Museum. See the world premiere of Convergent Waves: NYC on Saturday, May 25, with additional performances on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27. It’s free to attend, but guests should reserve tickets online in advance.

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Wojtek Bernat is Creating a New Era of Mindful Health with Ultimate Life Guiding

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Visionary entrepreneur and holistic expert Wojtek Bernat is bringing about a revolution in the realm of holistic health with his most recent venture, Ultimate Life Guiding. The brand is not merely a new venture for Bernat, but a testament to the healer’s unwavering spirit and resilience.

Wojtek Bernat

Bernat’s life has been marked by unconventional pursuits and a thirst for knowledge; from his early years in clergy work to his fascination with performance art and a deep interest in mastering healing breathwork, Bernat’s journey has been as diverse as it has been inspiring. Underlying all his endeavors is a unifying thread – a deep-seated desire to understand the deep connections between the mind, body, and soul, and to help others discover these connections within themselves.

A significant turning point in Bernat’s life was the diagnosis of his second daughter with deafness. This personal challenge led him and his family on a journey from Poland to the Netherlands, in search of treatment and educational opportunities. Faced with adversity, Bernat didn’t falter. Instead, he found a new path, one that led him to delve deeper into the realm of holistic health and wellness.

It was in Rotterdam that Bernat embarked on an extensive wellness journey, immersing himself in guided breathing exercises, martial arts, and holistic movement. He sought to understand the intricate connections between physical health and spiritual wellness. His exploration led him to the realization that the journey to holistic health was not just about physical wellbeing, but also about spiritual resilience and emotional balance.

This understanding fueled his desire to create ULG, a comprehensive solution that encapsulated spirituality, intentional gut health, and the mind-body connection. The principles of naturopathic healing form the foundation of ULG, focusing on a unique internal cleansing system Bernat coined as “The Circle of Complexity.”

“The intestines have direct contact with the brain,” Bernat explains. “Their influence on our perceptions and decision-making is enormous. Our gut vitality is more than just an element of the digestive process; it serves as a bridge connecting our world of emotions to the external world.”

Bernat believes in the power of cleansing, both physical and spiritual. ULG offers a variety of cleansing courses and kits, starting with the large intestine. These cleansing processes, detailed on his website, aim to gently remove toxins and waste from the body, leading to improved physical health and mental clarity. As Bernat’s vision for ULG evolves, he plans to introduce additional courses focusing on the cleansing of the liver, kidneys, blood, and bones.

When asked whether ULG promotes physical or spiritual transformation, Bernat’s response is unequivocal: “This absolutely applies to both sides of our Self. If the body does not function properly, then the brain, our conscious spirit, also does not function properly.”

Despite his demanding schedule, Bernat finds joy in traveling when he can, particularly to the Mediterranean region. He believes every change of place is a form of fulfillment, an attitude passed down from his childhood. Bernat’s love for travel and exploration is another reflection of his adventurous spirit and his thirst for new experiences.

Looking towards the future, Bernat envisions a dynamic structure for Ultimate Life Guiding, complete with practical courses, training, lectures, and a team of dedicated ULG guides. “Our first step that we are now taking together is a leading one for me. The effect of this action will be the real beginning,” Bernat shares.

Through his journey and the inception of Ultimate Life Guiding, Wojtek Bernat has demonstrated that the path to spiritual and physical resilience is not merely about temporary fixes, but a profound, transformative journey into one’s health and wellbeing. It’s about acknowledging the complexity of human existence and taking the reins to guide one’s life towards a more fulfilled, harmonious, and healthier existence.

Wojtek Bernat is not just creating a health program; he’s offering a path to whole-body wellness health that fosters deep, transformative change. He invites us all to acknowledge the complexity of our existence and take an active role in guiding our life towards a more harmonious, fulfilled, and healthier existence. This is not just a testament to Bernat’s spirit and vision, but a beacon of hope for a healthier, more mindful future for us all.

To learn more about Wojtek’s journey and the work of Ultimate Life Guiding, please visit wojtekbernat.com

 

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Understanding Leg Injuries from Car Accidents: Common Types

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Have you ever wondered how a car accident might affect your legs?

Car accidents can lead to serious leg injuries that impact your daily life. It’s important to know the different types of injuries that can occur and how they might affect you.

Read on to learn more about leg injuries from car accidents and find out how you can protect yourself in the event of an accident.

Fractures

Fractures occur when bones break, often during car accidents. The force of the crash can be so strong that it breaks bones in your legs.

Common fractures include broken femurs, tibias, and fibulas. These car accident leg injuries can be very painful and may need surgery to fix.

Recovery can take weeks or even months. After an accident, it’s important to seek medical help right away. Always make sure to file a police report after a car accident, as this can help document your injuries for legal and insurance purposes.

Ligament Tears

Ligament tears happen when the tough bands of tissue in your legs get stretched or ripped during a car accident. These leg injury types can be very painful and may make it hard to walk.

Common ligament tears in car accidents include the ACL, MCL, and PCL. Treatment might include rest, physical therapy, or sometimes surgery.

It’s important to get timely medical attention to properly diagnose and treat the ligament tear. Be sure to follow any medical advice to help your legs heal and to reduce the chance of further injury.

Muscle Strains

Muscle strains happen when the muscles in your legs get stretched too much or torn during a car accident. This can cause a lot of pain and make it difficult to move your legs. Common signs of muscle strains include swelling, bruising, and muscle weakness.

Treatment usually involves resting, applying ice, and doing specific exercises to help the muscles heal. Sometimes, a doctor might suggest physical therapy. It’s important to take care of muscle strains properly to ensure you can move without pain in the future.

Dislocations

Dislocations happen when the bones in your legs move out of place during a car accident. This can cause a lot of pain and swelling. It can also make your leg look strange or crooked.

The most common dislocations happen in the knee and ankle. If you have a dislocation, you need to see a doctor right away.

They will put the bones back in place. After that, you might need a brace or physical therapy to help your leg heal properly and get back to normal.

Contusions

Contusions happen when small blood vessels break, causing bruising. This can make your leg look blue or purple and feel sore. Contusions can cause swelling and make it hard to move.

Treatment usually involves resting your leg, applying ice, and keeping it elevated to reduce swelling. Sometimes, a doctor might suggest using a bandage to help with the healing process. It’s essential to follow medical advice to ensure your leg heals properly and you can return to your normal activities.

Know How to Deal With Leg Injuries From Car Accidents by Knowing About Them

Leg injuries from car accidents can have a big impact on your life. They can change how you move and do daily tasks.

Knowing about these injuries helps you stay alert and take action if needed. Always follow safety rules and wear your seatbelt to protect yourself. Stay informed and keep yourself safe on the road.

We hope you found this article helpful. Keep reading our blog for more helpful tips and advice.

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