For me, Martin Luther King Day is January’s bright spot.

The past couple of years, especially.

Every year, I hghlight an MLK quote and create a focus around it.

This year, I bring three.

Only the first isn’t actually an MLK quote.

Last January, I listened almost obsessively to Leonard Cohen’s song, Anthem. It struck me as the most beautiful and hopeful of songs in the middle of hopelessness. I think it speaks to our illusion of perfection. Our sense that we have to have it all together before we can really do anything.

One of the downsides of having a hero like MLK, is that we think we have to be as great as he was in order to make any positive change in the world.

Which is snorgle hockey, of course. But we forget. Cohen’s song reminds us that we just have to bring what we have.

It’s okay to be a mess. Everything’s a mess.

Thank you to Laura DeVault for reminding me about Cohen’s genius song but for pointing me to this wonderful Dharma talk by Sharon Beckman-Brindley from a couple of weeks ago that uses the song as a jumping off point. Check it out here. It is well worth the listen.

As is the song. Even if you’ve heard it before. Listen again. 

And from the man himself:

I love the idea of a “disciplined nonconformist.” Not someone who is bucking the system just to do it, but someone who is discerning, acting from their own sense of value and not afraid to go a different way than the crowd. Nia movers know all about this: our practice is all about sensing first, then acting rather than following for the sake of it.

Be a disciplined nonconformist and ring the bells.

I thought I was going to make a third piece of art around a third quote. But nope. It didn’t happen. Lots of other things happened this week, but not that. I guess I can forget my perfect offering.

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The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

But first, here are a couple of things I know you want to know about:

Everyday Self-Healing at Buck Mountain on Fri, Jan 12, 6-715pm
Join Susan McCulley and Becky Trexler for an evening of movement that offers simple, practical ways of taking care of ourselves even in the bleak mid-winter.
Coming to this class does something good for you and something good for our community!

All donations for this class for the evening will support a new grassroots organization working to bring healing to Charlottesville:
“Beloved Community Charlottesville” was created by a member of the Charlottesville Friends Meeting to provide resources and opportunities to people interested in creating social change, starting with a city-wide film viewing and dialogue event of the documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I? A free public screening of this 90-minute documentary followed by community discussion with the director/producer will be offered at The Paramount, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. (Reserve your free ticket at the Paramount Theater web site.)

All are welcome. Bring a friend!

A week of Soup and Soulful Meditations with Cecily Armstrong
Cecily Armstrong (http://cecilyarmstrong.com/) offers coaching and nutrition counseling and in general is an amazing teacher and guide. I’ve been working with her for the past couple of months and am delighted with what she offers. She is generously giving the gift of a FREE week of recipes and meditations to start your year right. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to work with her and get a literal and figurative taste of the powerful work she does. You can find the information about her offer here. https://us3.campaign-archive.com/?u=2c7bb87373ca3a78127a2f0dd&id=13a681291e

8-week Mindful Self Compassion class with Laura DeVault
We live in a world full of environmental challenges, political upheaval, and divisive rhetoric. Our self-worth can become dependent upon our latest success or failure, adding another layer of stress to our lives. Mindful self-compassion takes a different approach. When we turn toward our suffering with compassion, we can learn to be more peaceful in our inner world, as well as with our outer landscape.

In this course, we’ll engage in practices that will allow participants to have a felt sense of self compassion, as well as to take home practical tools for evoking self-compassion in daily life.

This 8-week class begins on Sunday, January 14, & continues through March 4, from 2 – 5 PM. It will include a 1/2 day retreat on Sunday, February 18, from 9 AM – 1 PM. Instructors Laura DeVault and Anna Vanhoy have both completed the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training through the UCSD Center for Mindful Self Compassion. Contact Maureen Otten at 434-220-4686 to register, or contact either Laura or Anna for more information. Registration fee: $400.
You can also go here. https://www.facebook.com/events/148456942590320/

Freedom to Move Workshop with Life Coach Heidi Shaner ~ Saturday, January 27, 2-5pm
Do you wish you could DANCE WITHOUT INHIBITION like you dance when you’re alone? YOU CAN! Join Edwin Roa, founder of Zabor Dance and Heidi Shaner, Strategic Intervention Life Coach, for an intensive workshop.

You’ve set your new year’s resolution so why not include EMOTIONAL WEIGHT LOSS? Yes! We’re integrating the best of both worlds: physical and emotional for an amazing experience of creativity and freedom.

What’s holding you back from moving your feet, hips, and shoulders freely? What obstacles prevent you from experiencing joy in your body?

We’ll explore the mind/body connection, how obstacles are created, what we really want, and how we can shift resistance through movement and discussion. We’ll create and perform a group dance to celebrate in this 3 hour workshop.

Join us for this self care, self love exploration and find freedom, joy, and connection in movement.

All are welcome, open to everyone.

Get out of your own way! Unleash your soul!
https://www.facebook.com/events/196616744225290/

Nourish Yourself & Live Life to the Fullest in Puglia – Southern Italy
April 28 – May 5, 2018 with Sandra Savine, Balanced Hedonist

Join Sandra Savine and Cinzia Rascazzo for a retreat: “Nourish Yourself & Live Life to the Fullest” in southern Italy (Puglia) at the beautiful 4 star hotel Tenuta Centoporte Resort – Giurdignano (Lecce), Puglia Italy http://www.tenutacentoporte.it/en/home/

Slow down and live life to the fullest: Take cooking classes, eat simple, delicious and nutritious Italian food. Savor the healthiest extra virgin olive oil. Pamper yourself in lovely Mediterranean style. Release yourself from stressful habits that do not serve you as you nourish the self and embrace the beauty and joy that is available to you in every moment.

Price is 2990 euro per person (based on a double/twin room accommodation – only 10 rooms available).
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/649296/ae6f060099/289604645/9977cedc66/
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Jan 8, 2018, 1045am ~ What’s Under the Blanket?

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Don’t Fight The Feeling 5:51
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
6 Underground 3:51 Sneaker Pimps
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Underneath 4:14 David Wilcox
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018, 840am ~ What’s Under the Blanket?

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
6 Underground 3:51 Sneaker Pimps
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Underneath 4:14 David Wilcox
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2017, 11am ~ What’s Under the Blanket?

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Don’t Fight The Feeling 5:51
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Chakra 1 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 2 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 3 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 4 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 5 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 6 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 7 1:00 NiaSounds

Thursday, Jan 11, 2017, 840am ~ What’s Under the Blanket?

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Don’t Fight The Feeling 5:51 OKA
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
Feel It All – Band Jam 3:50 KT Tunstall
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Underneath 4:14 David Wilcox

Friday, Jan 12, 2017, 6pm ~ Everyday Healing at Buck Mountain Parish Hall with Becky Trexler

Donations to benefit Beloved Community Charlottesville who is sponsoring a FREE screening of the documentary, I’m Not A Racist, Am I? (to reserve your free tickets, go here.)

Chakra 1 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 2 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 3 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 4 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 5 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 6 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 7 1:00 NiaSounds
Chakra Integration 1:02 NiaSounds
Temple Journey 7:20 Medwyn Goodall
touching the void 9:08 Banco de Gaia
Sun Drumming 6:52 Medwyn Goodall
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
Amazing Grace 6:12 Walela
Chakra 1 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 2 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 3 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 4 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 5 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 6 1:02 NiaSounds
Chakra 7 1:00 NiaSounds

(if you’re interested in the 7 tones for use in your own 7 Stages practice, email me at sjmnia@gmail.com)

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

When I’m looking to make changes in the way I do things, I need to know what’s actually happening first. Otherwise, I’m working from faulty information.

Recently, I’ve been playing with going deep into what I’m actually feeling.
Not what I’m thinking about what I’m feeling
or what I’m afraid of feeling
or what I plan to do about what I’m feeling
but what I’m actually feeling.

A freaking revelation.

Here’s my habit. I feel a little something and quick-like-a-bunny, I wrap an idea around it.

Instead, what happens if I look at what’s under the blanket?

When I do this, I can respond and take care of what’s actually happening instead of the blanket idea I’ve wrapped around it.

This happens a LOT with hunger.

In an effort to avoid the feeling and the fear around getting hungry, I quick wrap it up and go eat something. Or a bunch of somethings.

Instead, I can determine if that’s really what’s happening. Or if I need to support myself in another way. (Often, I need water.)

This “blanketing” habit happens with lots of feelings.

Distraction is sneaky and can draw me away from something I want to avoid. If I find myself doing something mindlessly like a zombie, then it’s a pretty sure sign that I’m wrapped up in the blanket.

Again, looking under the blanket tells me more about what’s actually happening and what I really need. (As in, “Ah, I don’t want to do my taxes. If I just get it done, then I will free up time and energy to do what I want to do and not mindlessly scroll through Instagram.” OR at the very least, I know why I’m doing what I’m doing so I have a choice to keep doing it or not.)

The best place to start is in the body. If you feel the blanket descending, take a moment to feel whatever physical sensations are arising (including numbness or “no feeling”).

When I drop the blanket, I can make real choices for change that get to the heart of what’s really happening.

Last year…”we spent January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
— Ellen Goodman

It happens every year, doesn’t it? We get all critical and hell-bent on changing everything about ourselves and our lives at the new year. Instead, what if we start with what’s working? What feels good? What you want to keep?

My friend and fellow Nia Black Belt teacher, Kira Hower in Cambridge, Massachusetts offers this meditative practice to appreciate what’s working and ease toward what we might want to shift. Take some quiet time for yourself, a piece of paper and a really excellent pen and write down:
– 7 things I’m grateful for in my life
– 7 things I want to invite into my life
– 7 things I want to let go of in my life

Next week, we’ll start looking at the process of change. But for now, focus on what you want to keep.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

But first, here are a couple of things I know you want to know about:

Susan Facilitating at C’ville Dance Co-Op at Common Ground on Sunday, Jan 7, 10:30-noon
I’m looking forward to providing the music and holding the space for the Cville Dance Coop on Sunday, January 7 from 10:30-12noon at Common Ground in the Jefferson School. If you’re not familiar with the Coop, you can check it out here http://www.cvilledancecoop.com/who-we-are/, but simply put it is a substance free, non-verbal, barefoot, 90 minutes of freedance. No steps to learn, no teacher, nothing but what’s flowing and moving in your own body. I’m calling my playlist Covers & Collaborations ~ weaving together distinctive cover songs with music from some of my favorite collaboration works including Playing for Change, Big Blue Ball, 1GiantLeap and more. I hope you’ll join us.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Jan 7: doors open at 10:15am, entrance locks at 10:45am, dancing until noon, then closing circle
What to bring: Water bottle, comfortable clothes, optional donation for Common Ground
Check out guidelines here.

Everyday Self-Healing at Buck Mountain on Fri, Jan 12, 6-715pm
Join Susan McCulley and Becky Trexler for an evening of movement that offers simple, practical ways of taking care of ourselves even in the bleak mid-winter.
Coming to this class does something good for you and something good for our community!
All donations for this class for the evening will support a new grassroots organization working to bring healing to Charlottesville:
“Beloved Community Charlottesville” was created by a member of the Charlottesville Friends Meeting to provide resources and opportunities to people interested in creating social change, starting with a city-wide film viewing and dialogue event of the documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I? A free public screening of this 90-minute documentary followed by community discussion with the director/producer will be offered at The Paramount, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. (Reserve your free ticket at the Paramount Theater web site.)
All are welcome. Bring a friend!

A week of Soup and Soulful Meditations with Cecily Armstrong
Cecily Armstrong (http://cecilyarmstrong.com/) offers coaching and nutrition counseling and in general is an amazing teacher and guide. I’ve been working with her for the past couple of months and am delighted with what she offers. She is generously giving the gift of a FREE week of recipes and meditations to start your year right. I hope you’ll take this opportunity to work with her and get a literal and figurative taste of the powerful work she does. You can find the information about her offer here. https://us3.campaign-archive.com/?u=2c7bb87373ca3a78127a2f0dd&id=13a681291e

8-week Mindful Self Compassion class with Laura DeVault
We live in a world full of environmental challenges, political upheaval, and divisive rhetoric. Our self-worth can become dependent upon our latest success or failure, adding another layer of stress to our lives. Mindful self-compassion takes a different approach. When we turn toward our suffering with compassion, we can learn to be more peaceful in our inner world, as well as with our outer landscape.

In this course, we’ll engage in practices that will allow participants to have a felt sense of self compassion, as well as to take home practical tools for evoking self-compassion in daily life.

This 8-week class begins on Sunday, January 14, & continues through March 4, from 2 – 5 PM. It will include a 1/2 day retreat on Sunday, February 18, from 9 AM – 1 PM. Instructors Laura DeVault and Anna Vanhoy have both completed the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training through the UCSD Center for Mindful Self Compassion. Contact Maureen Otten at 434-220-4686 to register, or contact either Laura or Anna for more information. Registration fee: $400.
You can also go here. https://www.facebook.com/events/148456942590320/

Nourish Yourself & Live Life to the Fullest in Puglia – Southern Italy
April 28 – May 5, 2018 with Sandra Savine, Balanced Hedonist

Join Sandra Savine and Cinzia Rascazzo for a retreat: “Nourish Yourself & Live Life to the Fullest” in southern Italy (Puglia) at the beautiful 4 star hotel Tenuta Centoporte Resort – Giurdignano (Lecce), Puglia Italy http://www.tenutacentoporte.it/en/home/

Slow down and live life to the fullest: Take cooking classes, eat simple, delicious and nutritious Italian food. Savor the healthiest extra virgin olive oil. Pamper yourself in lovely Mediterranean style. Release yourself from stressful habits that do not serve you as you nourish the self and embrace the beauty and joy that is available to you in every moment.

Price is 2990 euro per person (based on a double/twin room accommodation – only 10 rooms available).
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/649296/ae6f060099/289604645/9977cedc66/
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Jan 1, 2018, 11am with Mary Linn ~ What Do You Want To Keep?

Moon Walking 5:24 Bjarno
Only U 5:25 Dj Pippi
Moving Clouds 5:56 Bjarno
Bust Da Drop 3:32 Discowboy
Diggin’ On You 6:08 Eleckfantz
Dog Days Are Over 3:41 Florence And The Machine
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
Unwritten 4:19 Natasha Bedingfield
Another Day ( Mal ) Nu 1 5:01 Jamie Catto
What Silence Said 4:33 Susheela Raman
What a Year for a New Year 4:06 Dan Wilson
Subtle Body 7:02 Wayne Jones

Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018, 840am ~ What Do You Want To Keep?

The Horizon Has Been Defeated 2:34 Jack Johnson
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Ain’t No Man 3:34 The Avett Brothers
Dog Days Are Over 3:41 Florence And The Machine
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
Unwritten 4:19 Natasha Bedingfield
Another Day ( Mal ) Nu 1 5:01 Jamie Catto
What Silence Said 4:33 Susheela Raman
What a Year for a New Year 4:06 Dan Wilson
Subtle Body 7:02 Wayne Jones

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2017, 11am ~ What Do You Want To Keep?

Here We Go 5:59 Deep Dive Corp. Ft. Hush Forever
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
Hope (Dukes Mix) 4:04 Shaggy
Heartbreaker 5:24 Crazy P
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Sambatucada (Nari & Gaudino Sambadrhome Radio Edit) 3:35 Gaudino Da Costa
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, Jan 4, 2017, 840am ~ What Do You Want To Keep?

Here We Go 5:59 Deep Dive Corp. Ft. Hush Forever
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
Hope (Dukes Mix) 4:04 Shaggy 0 8/12/2012 11:17 AM
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Sambatucada (Nari & Gaudino Sambadrhome Radio Edit) 3:35 Gaudino Da Costa
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

January 1, 2018. New Years Day.

I don’t know about you, but 2o17 was a rough year for me in many ways.

I’m fine with it being over.

But I don’t want to be in a rush to change everything. There are many things that are GREAT and that I’m GRATEFUL for.

Sure, there are  lots of things I’d like to change, but before I go there, I want to focus on what’s working, what feels good, and what I want to keep.

This week, when everybody’s focused on resolutely changing stuff, let’s focus on what we love and what we want more of.

We can get to that change thing soon, but for now, start with what’s great. What do you want to keep?


The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

But first, here are a couple of things I know you want to know about:

Special class with Nia and Egoscue teacher, Antje Waxman
Thursday, December 28
1:30-2:30pm | acac Albemarle Square Studio A
Smovey FIT N DANCE with Antje W.
Join Antje for a unique dance class with Smovey rings. Smovey (from Austria) provides a dynamic upper and lower body workout. The Smovey rings create a vibration in your hands and stimulate the lymphatic system and the brain through hand reflexologies. Easy to follow dance steps and no heavy weights. Leave the class re-energized and feel the vibration in your body!
Email Antje to reserve your spot: antjew@acac.com

2017 Holiday Hours for all acac Charlottesville locations

Sunday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 7:00am – 2:00pm
Spas: closed
Kids Zones: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Crozet: no staff
Adventure Central: closed

Monday, January 1 (New Year’s Day)
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 8:00am – 10:00pm
**Susan will teach at Albemarle Square in Studio A from 11-1215pm (15 minutes later than usual)**
Spas: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Kids Zones: opens at 8:30am
Crozet: regular hours
Adventure Central: closed

8-week Mindful Self Compassion class with Laura DeVault
We live in a world full of environmental challenges, political upheaval, and divisive rhetoric. Our self-worth can become dependent upon our latest success or failure, adding another layer of stress to our lives. Mindful self-compassion takes a different approach. When we turn toward our suffering with compassion, we can learn to be more peaceful in our inner world, as well as with our outer landscape.

In this course, we’ll engage in practices that will allow participants to have a felt sense of self compassion, as well as to take home practical tools for evoking self-compassion in daily life.

This 8-week class begins on Sunday, January 14, & continues through March 4, from 2 – 5 PM. It will include a 1/2 day retreat on Sunday, February 18, from 9 AM – 1 PM. Instructors Laura DeVault and Anna Vanhoy have both completed the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training through the UCSD Center for Mindful Self Compassion. Contact Maureen Otten at 434-220-4686 to register, or contact either Laura or Anna for more information. Registration fee: $400.
You can also go here. https://www.facebook.com/events/148456942590320/

Nourish Yourself & Live Life to the Fullest in Puglia – Southern Italy
April 28 – May 5, 2018 with Sandra Savine, Balanced Hedonist

Join Sandra Savine and Cinzia Rascazzo for a retreat: “Nourish Yourself & Live Life to the Fullest” in southern Italy (Puglia) at the beautiful 4 star hotel Tenuta Centoporte Resort – Giurdignano (Lecce), Puglia Italy http://www.tenutacentoporte.it/en/home/

Slow down and live life to the fullest: Take cooking classes, eat simple, delicious and nutritious Italian food. Savor the healthiest extra virgin olive oil. Pamper yourself in lovely Mediterranean style. Release yourself from stressful habits that do not serve you as you nourish the self and embrace the beauty and joy that is available to you in every moment.

Price is 2990 euro per person (based on a double/twin room accommodation – only 10 rooms available).
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/649296/ae6f060099/289604645/9977cedc66/
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Tuesday, Dec 26, 2017, 840am ~ Focus is a Superpower

What is the Journey? (remix) 4:29 TERU
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
Focus On Sight 3:47 Thievery Corporation
Two Princes 4:17 Spin Doctors
Take Me to the River 6:00 Talking Heads
Oh Yeah 4:15 Johnny A.
Pay Attention 4:18 Free Gospel Band
Easy Tonight 4:09 Five for Fighting
Peace 4:44 FRUiT

Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017, 11am ~ Focus is a Superpower

What is the Journey? (remix) 4:29 TERU
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
Focus On Sight 3:47 Thievery Corporation
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
Pop The Trunk (Thievery Corporation Mix) 5:22 Thunderball
Take Me to the River 6:00 Talking Heads
Oh Yeah 4:15 Johnny A.
Pay Attention 4:18 Free Gospel Band
Easy Tonight 4:09 Five for Fighting
Sanvean – I Am Your Shadow 3:49 Lisa Gerrard

Thursday, Dec 28, 2017, 840am ~ Focus is a Superpower

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove 72
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
Pop The Trunk (Thievery Corporation Mix) 5:22 Thunderball
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
Bomba (Coba Soundsystem Mix) 5:45 Novalima
Sunsethighway 4:00 Kiln
Sanvean – I Am Your Shadow 3:49 Lisa Gerrard

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

In any given moment, what isn’t pulling for your attention?

Long to-do lists in over-scheduled lives.

Advertisements everywhere you look, everywhere you listen, everywhere you go.

Multi-tasking for our multiple roles and in our multiple relationships.

And of course, the World Wide Interwebs. Email, social media, on-line news. Phones and computers binging ringing zinging and ever-pulling our eyes and minds away from whatever it is we are doing. “Look at this shiny new thing! Stop and come look!”

Which is why, business writer Eric Barker says that FOCUS is the superpower of the 21st century.

 

In this distraction-filled world, your ability to focus your attention can make all the difference.
Erik Barker is a business writer, so he talks a lot about how focus or what writer Cal Newport calls Deep Work, allows professionals to excel well beyond their colleagues given their ability to dive in deep past the onslaught of interruptions.

But what holds true in business is true in all other spheres as well. Whether you want to build a writing practice or a relationship with your partner, whether you want to concentrate on strength training or your creative life, practicing focus is the way to go past the surface to the heart of any skill.

Want to explore more?

You can read lots of good posts from Erik Barker but here’s one that’s spot on topic.

And I came across two interesting videos that I recommend

this one from a young manly man who is wise beyond his years,

and this more indepth one from a researcher in the Netherlands that goes more into the brain science and research.

One way that I practice this is to pick a word to focus on throughout the year. I spend the last part of December opening up and allowing a word to find me: one word that expresses how I want to feel and how I want to be in the coming 12 months. You can find more about this here and on my Instagram gallery.

It’s no mistake that this blog is called Focus Pocus: The Magic of Inquiry & Intent. I believe that focusing our minds, by paying attention, we are making an investment in ourselves and our futures.

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