Some visitors come to Virginia from Australia. Their first morning, they look out the window and scramble over each other to grab their cameras and run outside. “Oh my goodness! What is it? It’s so precious!”

They run into the front yard to take dozens of pictures of a squirrel.


The first time I visited Minnesota in the summer, the sight of enormous fields of canola and flax in bloom made my heart open. Acres and acres of rich, vibrant yellow and oceans of deep blue. It took my breath away. I said to my sister-in-law (who has lived there her whole life and farmed those fields with her husband), “The fields are astonishingly beautiful.” She looked a little surprised and said, “Huh. I guess they are pretty, aren’t they?”


My husband does much of the laundry at our house. Every time, he carefully hangs my dance clothes on the rack and folds my socks just as I like them. And when he brings me the piles of freshly laundered love, I do my best to always, always say, “Thank you so much for doing that.” And he thanks me every morning for the bowl of granola that I’ve made him for years and years.


What do you notice? What have you seen so many times that you don’t notice? What do you notice that others don’t? What if what you notice is your life?

Noticing is a physical practice.
Noticing is a creative practice.
Noticing is a spiritual practice.

Don’t piss God off. Notice.

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This week I felt discouraged by the state of the world. The sheer volume of seemingly intractable problems left me disheartened. So it was with some hope and encouragement that I listened to an interview with civil rights activist Ruby Sales (you can listen to it here). Her spacious and inclusive heart asks the question, How do we weave together the “I” with the “We” and the “We” with the “I?”

This genius question folds back to the recognition that we are each stronger than we think and that without question we are stronger together. All of us. No exceptions.

You can find this week’s Stronger playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed ~ My First Book!
The Buddha Cat adventure continues (although a little delayed). The printer is running a little behind so books will be completed next week then they will be winging their way to Charlottesville!
Despite the brief delay, I’m excited to be taking advance orders on my web site NOW! (And thank you to the dozens of you who have already placed orders! Wow!) If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books between now and September 9.
Publication events are in the planning stages so stay tuned for more on those! Thanks to all for coming along for the Buddha Cat ride!

Sartorial Heads Up: Wear Purple to Classes Next Week!
Just sayin’.

Free 3-Part training series of videos from Cecily Armstrong
For the past several months, Cecily Armstrong has been helping me on a healing process that has changed my relationship with food, my body and myself. Her work has helped me get a deeper understanding of nutrition and intuitive connection to what my body-self really needs and wants. She is deeply grounded in the science of nutrition as well as energy healing and other healing modalities. Now she is offering a 3-part training series called: Decoding your body’s wisdom; Stop second-guessing what to do with your diet to feel amazing. Please follow this link to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Aug 13, 2018, 1045am ~ Cville Love with Mary Linn

Om Shanti 5:04 Bliss
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Dah-Din Beats (Ges-E + Usman) 8:01 Genetic Drugs
Lynx 5:27 Drumspyder
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm 10:24 AM
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
I Am You 4:50 Kareem Salama AM
For What It’s Worth (India Dub) [feat. Joey Lugassy] 4:57 DJ Drez
The Ballad of Love and Hate 5:21 The Avett Brothers
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018, 840am ~ Stronger

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
I Am You 4:50 Kareem Salama
Give Me Strength 4:03 Sally Taylor
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2017, 11am ~ Stronger

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
Ain’t No Sunshine (Rishis Short Mix) 3:27 Al Jarreau
Give Me Strength 4:03 Sally Taylor
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Thursday, Aug 16, 2017, 840am ~ Stronger

A Thousand Beautiful Things 3:07 Annie Lennox
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Love and Hope 4:24 Ozomatli
Yes I Will 4:20 Michael Franti
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
I Am You 4:50 Kareem Salama
For What It’s Worth (India Dub) [feat. Joey Lugassy] 4:57 DJ Drez
Climb On (A Back That’s Strong) 4:16 Shawn Colvin
The Ballad of Love and Hate 5:21 The Avett Brothers

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!

You are stronger than you think you are.
Each of us.

A friend of mine moved away a couple of years ago. Unexpectedly. Quickly. She was anxious and in (what seems now to be) a misguided attempt to soothe her mind, I suggested that she write down all the things that she was afraid would happen when she and her family moved. I suggested that 3 months later when she looked a the list, that she would see that none of them had happened.

She moved away and three months later, everything on her list had happened. Every. Single. Thing.

I felt like a jerk and a bad friend.

But when I talked to her not long ago, I had this thought: all those things she was afraid of happening (and more, as it turns out), she figured out, she managed, she handled, she lived through. And now, she is stronger.

She did more than she thought she could.

– – – – – – – – – –

We are stronger together.
All of us.

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the death of Heather Heyer and the terrorist attacks in downtown Charlottesville, I went to Heather’s memorial and walked through the downtown mall. While I walked, I listened to a dharma talk by meditation teacher, Tara Brach called Evolving Beyond Unreal Othering.

It was the perfect thing. Given all that’s happened and is happening in our city, it is easy to point fingers. It is easy for me to blame and accuse and say that those people did this to us.

Instead, Tara Brach was reminding me that we really are all in this together. All of us. We are all part of the problems and the solutions. Even and especially people we don’t agree with. I hope you’ll give yourself the gift of listening to her wise words. You can find her talk here.

Charlottesville is grappling with its painful history and the reality of its present. We are (albeit slowly) facing things we don’t want to face and gathering our collective resources to move forward in a healthier way. It seems to me that the only way we can make our way through more than we thought we could, is to do it together.

How do we, as civil rights activist Ruby Sales says, “weave together the “I” with the “We” and the “We” with the “I?” That’s where the real strength lies.


This is art that was made after the terrorist attack on Charlottesville in 2017. You can still see these hearts in business windows, cars, water bottles and t-shirts around town. May it continue to stand as a symbol of love through it all.


This is a piece of art made in 2018 for the anniversary of the 2017 attacks. Love is strength. Each of us is strong and we are stronger together.

As I expect most of you know, the Charlottesville Downtown location closed at 6pm on Friday, August 10 and will reopen at 5am on Monday, August 13. Mary Linn and I team taught on Saturday, August 11, 12:30-1:45pm and will again on Monday, August 13, 10:45am-noon, both at Albemarle Square. Jeanne Catherine will teach a class focused on Hope, Love & Faith on Sunday, August 12 as usual at Albemarle Square from 12:45-1:45pm.

This is a tender and challenging weekend for our city. We offer classes to move all of it. Whatever it is.

I’ll post Monday’s playlist after class.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018, 1245pm with Mary Linn ~ Cville Love

Om Shanti 5:04 Bliss
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Dah-Din Beats (Ges-E + Usman) 8:01 Genetic Drugs
Lynx 5:27 Drumspyder
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
For What It’s Worth (India Dub) [feat. Joey Lugassy] 4:57 DJ Drez
Om Shanti 5:13 Nadaka
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Sunday, August 12, 2018 ~ On the anniversary of Heather Heyer’s murder, I walked downtown through barricades and state police cars and check points to put some flowers and some metta at her memorial site. And I made this.

Monday, Aug 13, 2018, 1045am with Mary Linn ~ Cville Love

Om Shanti 5:04 Bliss
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Dah-Din Beats (Ges-E + Usman) 8:01 Genetic Drugs
Lynx 5:27 Drumspyder
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
I Am You 4:50 Kareem Salama
For What It’s Worth (India Dub) [feat. Joey Lugassy] 4:57 DJ Drez
The Ballad of Love and Hate 5:21 The Avett Brothers
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Transitions are happening all the time. All. The. Time. Sometimes they are smooth and groovy and easy. Lots of times they aren’t. Embrace them all. They are life. The very life of life.

You can find this week’s Embracing Transitions playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:
ACAC Downtown closing this Weekend
The Charlottesville Downtown location will close at 6pm on Friday, August 10 and reopen at 5am on Monday, August 13. No Nia with Mary Linn on Friday night, with Anne Wolf on Saturday, or with Rachel Horsley on Sunday.
Susan McCulley and I will team teach a healing-focused class on Saturday, August 11, 12:30-1:45pm and Monday, August 13, 10:45am-noon, both at Albemarle Square.
Jeanne Catherine will teach a class focused on  Hope, Love & Faith  on Sunday, August 12 as usual at Albemarle Square from 12:45-1:45pm.

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed ~ My First Book!
The Buddha Cat adventure continues: The printer says the books will be finished on August 17! So I’m working like the dickens to get ordering set up. Sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer and I’ll tell you exactly how you can help spread delight and insight (plus, you’ll get free shipping and more goodies). Please go to www.susanmcculley.com and sign up today! Even better: share this with a friend or two and send the ripple out even further! Thank you for coming along for the ride with me — I am so grateful.

Free 3-Part training series of videos from Cecily Armstrong
For the past several months, Cecily Armstrong has been helping me on a healing process that has changed my relationship with food, my body and myself. Her work has helped me get a deeper understanding of nutrition and intuitive connection to what my body-self really needs and wants. She is deeply grounded in the science of nutrition as well as energy healing and other healing modalities. Now she is offering a 3-part training series called: Decoding your body’s wisdom; Stop second-guessing what to do with your diet to look and feel amazing. Please follow this link to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Aug 6, 2018, 1045am ~ Embracing Transitions

Miracle 7:30 Olive
Dubuasca (with Michael Kang) 6:55 Bassnectar
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Super Freak 4:04 Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs
A Change Would Do You Good 3:50 Sheryl Crow
A Little Bit Of Riddim (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 4:19 Michael Franti
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Zion Youth 5:40 Dreadzone
The Spirit of the Earth Continues (Floating Earth Remix) 6:32 Cybertribe

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018, 840am ~ Embracing Transitions

Miracle 7:30 Olive
Dubuasca (with Michael Kang) 6:55 Bassnectar
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
A Little Bit Of Riddim (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 4:19 Michael Franti
A Change Would Do You Good 3:50 Sheryl Crow
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Zion Youth 5:40 Dreadzone
High 4:04 James Blunt
Horizon 3:12 John Munson

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2017, 11am ~ Embracing Transitions

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Sometimes 4:49 Yoav
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Tribal 4:09 Badmarsh & Shri
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
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Thursday, Aug 9, 2017, 840am ~ Embracing Transitions

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Tribal 4:09 Badmarsh & Shri
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Sometimes 4:49 Yoav
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Summer Morning Rain 3:52 Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson

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!

While I was traveling last month, I thought a good deal about transition. Traveling itself (and, heck, life itself) is a string of transitions from place to place, stage to stage, day to day, moment to moment.

In Minnesota, I watched members of my family make some big transitions with grace, generosity, humility, acceptance, kindness. It was a privilege to behold. I came back from my time with them wondering how I could be more graceful and smooth with the transitions of my own life.

The truth is, though, the many of my transitions have been anything but. They’ve been bumpy and awkward and full of resistance and pouting. But the thing is, even those kinds of transitions are powerful and worth embracing.

There is a famous photograph taken by Annie Leibovitz of Whoopi Goldberg in a tub of milk. I love this piece for a bunch of reasons but just this week a friend told me that her pose was a complete mistake. She slipped when she got in the tub and Leibovitz caught it. (You can see it and the stories behind some of her other famous portraits here. )

My transition from being married when I was 25 to not being married when I was 29 was a bumpy, ugly, tearful mess. It was not graceful. It was not smooth. AND there are few circumstances in my life that I have learned more from.

Whoopi’s transition into the milk tub was smooth (ha!) but awkward and unexpected, and it was an opportunity for great creativity.

We’re all transitioning all the time. What transition are you in right now? Whatever it is, however it is, I hope you embrace it, lean into it and get curious about what happens next.

After two weeks of traveling (see the previous post for all about that!), it was delicious to be back dancing. So many thanks to the acac Nia team and especially Mary Linn Bergstrom (you can find her playlists on the previous post, too) for covering all my classes. It’s fun to be away and it’s very very good to be home.

You can find this week’s Smooth Transitions playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed ~ My First Book!
The Buddha Cat adventure continues: the printer says they will be finished on AUGUST 17! Buddha Cat Backers – people who are willing to share some energy for the book project by offering ideas, spreading the word and maybe buying a book or three – continue to join us! Thank you for coming along for the ride with me — I am so grateful. AND if you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to join me in spreading some insight and delight, Buddha Cat style. Please go to www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer and I’ll send you updates on publication, discounts and other special goodies! Even better: share this with a friend or two and send the ripple out even further! LOTS more information coming very soon.

Free 3-Part training series of videos from Cecily Armstrong
For the past several months, Cecily Armstrong has been helping me on a healing process that has changed my relationship with food, my body, and myself. Her work has helped me get a deeper understanding of nutrition and intuitive connection to what my body-self really needs and wants. She is deeply grounded in the science of nutrition as well as energy healing and other healing modalities. Now she is offering a 3-part training series called: Decoding your body’s wisdom; Stop second-guessing what to do with your diet to look and feel amazing. Please follow this link to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2017, 11am ~ Smooth Transitions

Inlakesh 3:58 Lou Rhodes
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
Desert Days 5:31 John Kelley
Take Me to the River 6:00 Talking Heads
(Nothing But) Flowers 5:36 Talking Heads
Aria 6:53
Indra 5:25 Thievery Corporation
The Sea of Core Experience 4:36 Global Passion: A Nettwerk Co
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Thursday, Aug 2, 2017, 840am ~ Smooth Transitions

Inlakesh 3:58 Lou Rhodes
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
Desert Days 5:31 John Kelley
Take Me to the River 6:00 Talking Heads
(Nothing But) Flowers 5:36 Talking Heads
Aria 6:53
Indra 5:25 Thievery Corporation
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

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!

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