Monthly Archives: December 2014

Yoga Nidra Sound Healing Concert

This Event is Sold Out.

 

Claudia Ingraham, a yoga teacher and sound master is returning to Dancing the Soul to play the ethereal sounds of Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls and gong.  She will lull you into a profoundly meditative state where natural healing occurs.  She will begin with a guided Yoga Nidra meditation as you enjoy a long savasana of sacred sounds.  Journey into a blissful state and balance and renew your chakra centers.

Date:  Saturday, January 7, 2017 Time:  6:00-7:30 p.m. Cost:  $20  
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The Present Moment – Christmas/New Year 2014-2015

Hello Everyone:

A couple of weeks ago, 60 Minutes aired a segment in which Anderson Cooper participated in a 3 day meditation workshop led by Jon Kabot-Zinn, a leader in mindfulness meditation.  www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/ 

I really appreciated the segment because it reminded me that meditation/mindfulness is not something we have to add to our daily routine; it is NOT one more thing we have to DO. 

Rather, it is a way of Being.  Being in each moment: being in rest, being in meetings, being in eating and being with friends.    

Yet as Cooper realized, the idea of being in the present moment is not always easy.  Our need to multi-task, to plan, to interact with numerous people on different levels at the same time often takes us away from our ability to be in the present.

But just as in other areas of our lives, our willingness to practice is what matters.  All we need do is continue to come back to our breath and take time to remember that the only "real" moment in life is the present  one --no matter how imperfect, sad,  flawed or exhilarating that moment is. 

And so I wish you many present moments as we move into the new year and many opportunities to practice a different way of being in each moment. 

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You Are Enough — December 2014

Enough.  These few words are enough,
If not these words, this breath,
If not this breath, this sitting here.
 
This opening to the life
we have refused again and again
until now. 
        Until Now.          
                     by David Whyte
 
Hello Everyone:
 
I fell in love with David Whyte's poetry many years ago.  With such simplicity, he breathes beauty and meaning onto the page.  I keep this one particular poem on my desk to remind me that who I am and what I have is truly enough.  "I am enough" seems especially important to remember during this time of year when we feel compelled to shop and buy, to constantly be with friends, to attend one party after another, and to go non-stop.  Yet, at some point, it seems important to know that it is Enough to simply sit and open to the moment before us.   
 
I wish all of you many moments of knowing that you, just as you are, Are Enough!   Happy Holidays.  
 
Margie  
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Flawed and Fabulous – December 2014

Hello Everyone:

The other day, a friend sent me Courtney Walsh's  (www.squeezingthestars.com) humorous piece entitled "Dear Human" (**see below).    I love this letter, especially at this time of year, because her words remind me of the beauty of our humanness and what it means to love as a human being: 

 it's messy and crazy, it means crying and laughing, falling and getting back up, it's infused with divinity and the grace of stumbling.

 All in all, this being human is about being flawed and fabulous --gorgeously so.  

Knowing that I didn't come here to master unconditional love or some state of perfection but rather to keep showing up, doing my best and staying present and fully alive -- is enough. 

This I can take into the holidays and the new year.  

This I can bring to my gatherings with friends and family and into my new year's resolutions. 

It's Enough . . . in fact, It's Plenty.    

Wishing you the gift of "being human" and celebrating yourself as "flawed & fabulous."   

Margie

* The Letter   by Courtney Walsh 

Dear Human:

You've got it all wrong.  You didn't come here to master unconditional love.  That is where you came from and where you'll return.  You came here to learn personal love. 

Universal love.  Messy love, Sweaty love.  Crazy love.  Broken love.  Whole love. 

Infused with divinity.  Lived through the grace of stumbling.  Demonstrated through the beauty of . . .  messing up.  Often.

You didn't come here to be perfect.  You already are.  You came here to be gorgeously human.  Flawed and fablulous. 

And then to rise again into remembering.

But unconditional love?  Stop telling that story.  Love, in truth, doesn't need ANY other adjectives.  It doesn't require modifiers. It doesn't require the condition of perfection.  It only asks that you show up.  And do your best.  That you stay present and feel fully. 

That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU. 

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Dance Your Inner Wisdom

Are you ready to dance yourself into spaces of deeper inner knowing and increased freedom and joy? Then join us! Dancing your inner wisdom can’t be defined by any formal definition of dance. It’s your body’s calling, your connection to self. It’s about playing in movement that is uniquely yours, tapping into conscious, subconscious, even unconscious emotions, and moving through emotional blocks in a gentle, supportive, fun way through self expression. This facilitated class invites you to dance at a level of intensity that feels best to your body. It also includes great music and a wonderfully supportive community. No previous dance experience is required. Just bring your spirit and your willingness to explore and experience YOU!
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