Ponder this for a moment.

Nature and experience show us that everything is connected. Nothing exists in isolation. The body, mind, and emotions are the same: utterly and inextricably interconnected.

Not long ago, I was running late to teach class and I was all up in my head about what I was teaching and how I really needed to stop rushing around and how I wished my low back would feel better than it did. As I slid through the employee breakroom to clock in, there was a basket I’d never seen before with an Alice In Wonderland sign on it:

Inspirational Words ~ Take One.

So I did.

It said, “Your body hears everything your mind says.”

Of course. I know this and I forget. My body is always doing its best for me. Like a loyal and kind friend, it is always doing whatever it can to support me. And it believes me. It believes everything I say.

So if my mind says, “I don’t like the way you look” or “my stupid old low back” or “I hate my knees/thighs/skin” my body hears it all.

If I say out loud, “I’m not angry” when my body knows full-well that I am, what can result but confusion?

If I think, “everybody moves better than I do” or “I am the oldest/fattest/most injured person here” or “nobody is suffering the way I am” or “nobody is as crazy as I am,” my body believes the illusion of disconnection.

The practice is to pay attention to what my mind says and ask is that something I want to say to a loyal, supportive friend who unconditionally loves and believes me?

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The nature of things is uncertainty. Most everything, it turns out, is a mystery. Our practice is just that: practicing relaxing into the mystery, the uncertainty, the not knowing. So when life shows up with unexpected strangeness, we have the presence to be with it without running away, numbing out or freaking.

That, it seems to me, is a practice worth doing.

You can find our 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!

Before the music, though, announcements and other goodness:

Let There Be Light at PVCC ~ Friday, December 7, 6-9pm
Let There Be Light celebrates the approach of winter solstice and the longest night of the year with light-based art installations created by a selection of some of the most imaginative local and regional artists. The exhibition illuminates and transforms the darkened grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building for one night only. This is one of my favorite events of the year! Bundle out and come be amazed. For more go here.

Buddha Cat & More at Hot Yoga Charlottesville, December 8, 12-1pm
Join us a Hot Yoga Charlottesville (216 Water St W Ste 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902) from 12-1pm for a holiday Buddha Cat book and art happening. We’ll have books for signing and art for sale and snacks for snacking on Saturday, December 8. Come sweat and shop – or skip the sweating and just shop!

Buddha Cat & More at The Elderberry, December 8, 2-330pm
Come to The Elderberry (1917 Commonwealth Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901) from 2-330pm on Saturday, December 8. Come have some tea and check out not just Buddha Cat books and art but the wide selection of herbs and healing products! The herbalists are putting together a relaxation package to go along with the Buddha Cat vibe.

Buddha Cat Book Signing at C’ville Arts ~ Saturday, December 15, 2-4pm
I’ll be signing and personalizing copies of Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed at Cville Arts on Saturday, December 15 from 2-4pm. As one of the newest members of this Cooperative gallery, I’m delighted to be part of a gallery that displays and sells craft and art from over 50 Virginia artists. Come get a hand-illustrated copy of Buddha Cat, browse the extraordinary collection at C’ville Arts and get free cat treats for any felines on your list.

Mary Linn’s Last Class ~ Saturday, December 22, 1230-145pm
Please join the whole acac Nia Team to celebrate the gift of Mary Linn’s Nia teaching and leadership as she teaches her last class from 1230-145pm on Saturday, December 22 at acac Albemarle Square, Studio A. And plan to stay for some refreshment and well-wishing!

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit. Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 12noon-1pm for A Holiday Art & Book happening. The perfect time and place to find thoughtful, mindful gifts!
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community. On Saturday, December 8 from 2-330pm, come have a cup of tea and check out the special relaxation package they are putting together to go with the book!
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

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

Monday, Dec 3, 2018, 1045am ~ Mystery Dancing

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
En Ville 4:59 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil
Taruka 5:34 Cirque du Soleil
Kalimando 6:31 Cirque du Soleil
Cristofori’s Dream 6:07 David Lanz

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018, 840am ~ Mystery Dancing

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Building A Mystery 4:08 Sarah McLachlan
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Mysterious Ways 4:04 U2
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Mysteries We Understand 4:40 Sophie B. Hawkins
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Mystery 4:05 Indigo Girls
I Don’t Know Why 4:37 Shawn Colvin

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018, 11am ~ Mystery Dancing

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Building A Mystery 4:08 Sarah McLachlan
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Mysterious Ways 4:04 U2
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Mysteries We Understand 4:40 Sophie B. Hawkins
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil
Mystery 4:05 Indigo Girls
I Don’t Know Why 4:37 Shawn Colvin

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018, 815am ~ Mystery Dancing

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Building A Mystery 4:08 Sarah McLachlan
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Mysterious Ways 4:04 U2
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Mysteries We Understand 4:40 Sophie B. Hawkins
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil
Mystery 4:05 Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia
I Don’t Know Why 4:37 Shawn Colvin

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 Heart of the Matter, Don Henley wrote “the more I know, the less I understand.”

In Say Hey, Michael Franti sings “the more I see, the less I know.”

As she was healing from breast cancer, I wrote to a friend that I felt like I really became an adult when I stopped knowing what the hell is going on.

The longer I’m on the planet, the more I feel the mystery of everything. My mind has no way of grappling with the deep, dark mysteries that are all around me. All I can really do is stay present and dance with whatever unfolds.

There is no figuring out the mystery. There is only Mystery Dancing.

 

Life is full of everything, friends. I’m reminded over and over that we never really know what is going to happen.
On Thanksgiving Day, I was called out of town to tend to a family illness, and the rock star acac Nia Team jumped in to cover my classes. I’m deeply grateful to them for letting me focus on what needed my attention. And after 3000 miles in the car and some time in frigid northern Minnesota, I couldn’t have been happier to be moving my body with you this week. It’s all a mystery. All we can do is dance with it.

You can find our 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!

Before the music, though, announcements and other goodness:

Get 20% off Buddha Cat & More at my web site between now and Dec 2!
In thanks and celebration of Buddha Cat, I’m running my first sale ever! Sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer (it just means you’re signing up for my email list!) at http://www.susanmcculley.com and you’ll receive discount codes for 20% any order between now and December 2. Plus, as a BCB, you always have access to a discount code for free shipping that never expires! Do check out the site for new art and thank you cards! [If you’re already a Buddha Cat Backer, you should have received an email with the codes, if you didn’t or are having any trouble with finding what you need, please just email me at sjmnia@gmail.com and we’ll sort it out!]

Let There Be Light at PVCC ~ Friday, December 7, 6-9pm
Let There Be Light celebrates the approach of winter solstice and the longest night of the year with light-based art installations created by a selection of some of the most imaginative local and regional artists. The exhibition illuminates and transforms the darkened grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building for one night only. This is one of my favorite events of the year! Bundle out and come be amazed.For more go here.

Buddha Cat & More at Hot Yoga Charlottesville, December 8, 12-1pm
Join us a Hot Yoga Charlottesville (216 Water St W Ste 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902) from 12-1pm for a holiday Buddha Cat book and art happening. We’ll have books for signing and art for sale and snacks for snacking on Saturday, December 8. Come sweat and shop – or skip the sweating and just shop!

Buddha Cat & More at The Elderberry, December 8, 2-330pm
Come to The Elderberry (1917 Commonwealth Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901) from 2-330pm on Saturday, December 8. Come have some tea and check out not just Buddha Cat books and art but the wide selection of herbs and healing products! The herbalists are putting together a relaxation package to go along with the Buddha Cat vibe.

Buddha Cat Book Signing at C’ville Arts ~ Saturday, December 15, 2-4pm
Charlottesville artist and illustrator, Susan McCulley, will be signing her book, Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed at Cville Arts on Saturday, December 15 from 2-4pm. She is one of the newest members of this Cooperative gallery that displays and sells craft and art from over 50 Virginia artists. Come get a personalized copy of Buddha Cat, browse the extraordinary collection at C’ville Arts and get free cat treats for any felines on your list.

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit. Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 12noon-1pm for A Holiday Art & Book happening. The perfect time and place to find thoughtful, mindful gifts!
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community. On Saturday, December 8 from 2-330pm, come have a cup of tea and check out the special relaxation package they are putting together to go with the book!
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.
Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019

It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Thursday, Nov 29, 2017, 840am ~ The Mystery

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
En Ville 4:59 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Taruka 5:34 Cirque du Soleil, Alegría
Kalimando 6:31 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere

Friday, Nov 30, 2017, 9am ~ The Mystery

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
En Ville 4:59 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Taruka 5:34 Cirque du Soleil, Alegría
Kalimando 6:31 Cirque du Soleil, Mystere
Cristofori’s Dream 6:07 David Lanz

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!


Happy Thanksgiving, friends. Thanks to all who spent some of their holiday time dancing with us this week – either in person or in the etherwebs. I’m grateful for each of you and for the chance that we have to be together in one way or another.

May the practice of approaching everything we do from the perspective of self-care and service (or both!) remind us that we GET to be here doing this life.

You can find all the 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!

Before the music, though, announcements and other goodness:

Buddha Cat & More at Hot Yoga Charlottesville, December 8, 12-1pm
Join us a Hot Yoga Charlottesville (216 Water St W Ste 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902) from 12-1pm for a holiday Buddha Cat book and art happening. We’ll have books for signing and art for sale and snacks for snacking on Saturday, December 8. Come sweat and shop – or skip the sweating and just shop!

Buddha Cat & More at The Elderberry, December 8, 2-330pm
Come to The Elderberry (1917 Commonwealth Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901) from 2-330pm on Saturday, December 8. Come have some tea and check out not just Buddha Cat books and art but the wide selection of herbs and healing products! The herbalists are putting together a relaxation package to go along with the Buddha Cat vibe.

Get 20% off Buddha Cat & More at my web site between now and Dec 2!
In thanks and celebration of Buddha Cat, I’m running my first sale ever! Sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer (it just means you’re signing up for my email list!) at http://www.susanmcculley.com and you’ll receive discount codes for 20% any order between now and December 2. Plus, as a BCB, you always have access to a discount code for free shipping that never expires! Do check out the site for new art and thank you cards! [If you’re already a Buddha Cat Backer, you should have received an email with the codes, if you didn’t or are having any trouble with finding what you need, please just email me at sjmnia@gmail.com and we’ll sort it out!]

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit. Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 12noon-1pm for A Holiday Art & Book happening. The perfect time and place to find thoughtful, mindful gifts!
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community. On Saturday, December 8 from 2-330pm, come have a cup of tea and check out the special relaxation package they are putting together to go with the book!
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

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

Monday, Nov 19, 2018, 1045am ~ GET to: Self-Care & Service

Helpless 4:15 K.D. Lang
Dance of Sarasvati 9:07 Kitaro
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
I Want You Back (Z-Trip Remix) 4:35 Jackson 5
Open Your Heart 5:46 M People
Suit & Tie 5:27 Justin Timberlake
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson
Mission of My Soul 4:09 Peter Himmelman
Hooch 3:45 Everything But The Girl
What a wonderful World 3:40 Sarah Brightman
Sweet Potato Pie 3:14 Al Jarreau
Thank You 3:50 Tori Amos

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018, 840am ~ GET to: Self-Care & Service

Helpless 4:15 K.D. Lang
Dance of Sarasvati 9:07 Kitaro
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
I Want You Back (Z-Trip Remix) 4:35 Jackson 5
Open Your Heart 5:46 M People
Suit & Tie 5:27 Justin Timberlake
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson
Mission of My Soul 4:09 Peter Himmelman
What a wonderful World 3:40 Sarah Brightman
Sweet Potato Pie 3:14 Al Jarreau
Thank You 3:50 Tori Amos

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2017, 11am ~ GET to: Self-Care & Service

Helpless 4:15 K.D. Lang
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
Dance of Sarasvati 9:07 Kitaro
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
Brown Sugar 3:49 The Rolling Stones
Open Your Heart 5:46 M People
Shoofly Pie 3:57 The Wood Brothers
Mission of My Soul 4:09 Peter Himmelman
Home 5:05 Marc Broussard
Sweet Potato Pie 3:46 James Taylor & Ray Charles
Gratitude 6:27 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Thursday, Nov 22, 2017, 815am ~ Thanksgiving Day ~ GET to: Self-Care & Service

Sweet Potato Pie 3:14 Al Jarreau
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
Sweet Pea 2:13 Amos Lee
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Shoofly Pie 3:57 The Wood Brothers
I Feel Lucky 3:33 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Brown Sugar 3:49 The Rolling Stones
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Long Train Running (Groovy Dooby Mix) 5:07 DJ’s Brothers
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
sugar pie 3:39 The Subdudes
Sweet Potato Pie 3:46 James Taylor & Ray Charles
Gratitude 6:27 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

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!

The timing of Thanksgiving — at the precipice of the darkest and coldest days of the year — turns out to be a helpful thing.

Just when the speed of life picks up and the weather closes in, we have the chance to pause and frame it all in the context of gratitude.

Our focus this week was inspired by a recent post by James Clear, one of my favorite bloggers. In it, he suggests that by changing one word, we can shift from being stressed to thankful, from harried to happy. Changing “I have to” to “I get to,” changes everything. It’s a wonderful, perspective-changing post and I hope you’ll read it.

These days, what with building a business as an author and artist, and my husband building us a house and the holidays building in intensity, the list of things I want to accomplish every day is long. Sometimes when I look at everything that is asking for my attention, my head spins…and sometimes I get crabby and resentful.

Recently, I’ve created a practice around my To Do List ~ espeicially when it’s got me feeling a little wobbly in the knees and tight in the heart. I practice looking at each item on the list in one of three ways: Self-Care, Service or Both.

I’m finding that at least one of the categories works for everything. When I’m carving out time for my yoga practice, I remind myself that getting on my mat is an act of self-care. When I’m cleaning the cat box and filling her food bowl, I think of it as an act of service. When I’m planning healthy, whole-food, plant-based meals, I remind myself that the time and effort it takes is an act of self-care for me, and service to anyone I’m feeding.

My favorite scenario is when I find a way for whativer I’m doing to be BOTH self-care and service. This morning, for example, when cleaning out the cat box, I squatted down in such a way as to stretch my hips and low back. Suddenly * BOOM *- the chore which I was doing in service to the Buddha cat ALSO became an act of self-care.

We all have full and busy lives and this season tends to pick up speed, momentum… and stress. See if changing your language from “I have to” to “I get to” changes how your To Do List feels. And while you’re at it, you can experiment with making everything on that list an act of self-care, service…or both.

Thank you, dear reader! I’m grateful for you. Happy Thanksgiving. 



In any creative, alive endeavor, a balance between a messy exploration and neatening up to see where you are is essential. An utterly ordered kitchen doesn’t allow me to find that special vinegar I bought a while ago or the middle eastern spice mix my mom gave me. An utterly disorganized art room has me losing or damaging pieces of art and losing my focus on what’s important. Whatever your creative venue, whether it’s raising vegetables or raising children, a willingness to move back and forth from mess to order and back again is what allows possibilities to emerge that we’d never have seen before.

You can find all the 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!

Before the music, though, announcements and other goodness:

Locker Room Renovation at Albemarle Square
Renovations on the locker rooms at Albemarle Square are happening now and both the men’s and women’s locker rooms are closed. For all the information, please click on the sidebar link on the right side: acac Locker Room Renovation 2018.

Cville Dance Co-Op: Natural Time with Susan on Sunday, November 18
In the 13-Moon Natural Time Calendar http://www.13moon.com/index.htm the unique signature for November 18 is Yellow Spectral Seed which has a focus on Awareness, Flowering and Liberation. On Sunday, November 18 from 10:15am-12:15pm at Common Ground in the Jefferson School I’ll be offering a musical tapestry for each and all of us to dance in our own natural time for the Cville Dance Co-op
The Co-op http://www.cvilledancecoop.com/who-we-are/ is a substance free, non-verbal, barefoot, 115 minutes of free style dance. No steps to learn, no teacher, nothing but what’s flowing and moving in your own body. It’s as simple as that. Come breathe it all in.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Nov 18, 10:15am-12:15pm: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, full-on dancing from 1030 until noon, then closing circle (come for the whole time!)
What to bring: Water bottle, comfortable clothes, optional donation for Common Ground
You can RSVP or ask questions at the Facebook event here.

Buddha Cat & More at Hot Yoga Charlottesville, December 8, 12-1pm
Join us a Hot Yoga Charlottesville (216 Water St W Ste 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902) from 12-1pm for a holiday Buddha Cat book and art happening. We’ll have books for signing and art for sale and snacks for snacking on Saturday, December 8. Come sweat and shop – or skip the sweating and just shop!

Buddha Cat & More at The Elderberry, December 8, 2-330pm
Join us at The Elderberry (1917 Commonwealth Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901) from 2-330pm on Saturday, December 8. Come have some tea and check out not just Buddha Cat books and art but the wide selection of herbs and healing products! The herbalists are putting together a relaxation package to go along with the Buddha Cat vibe.

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed
Buddha Cat is in full swing and on sale at my site! 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 a discount code for free shipping that never expires for Backers! And you can find not just the book but art and cards!


Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Thanksgiving Day Nia at ACAC Downtown — Thursday, November 22, 8:15am
Start the holiday with mind-full, joy-full, thank-full movement! Please join Susan for a special Thanksgiving class on Thursday, November 22 from 8:15-9:15am (NOTE TIME CHANGE!). Bring a friend or relation! Or take some space for yourself.
acac hours ~ Thanksgiving Weekend
Wed, Nov 21, regular opening time and close at 7pm
Thanksgiving Day, Thu, Nov 22, 8am – 12noon
Fri, Nov 23, 8am opening, regular closing

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

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

Monday, Nov 12, 2018, 1045am ~ Messy It Up, Clean It Up, Repeat

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Dream Of The Dolphin, The 6:10 Enigma
Captain Dread 5:16 Dreadzone
Say Hey (I Love You) (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 3:56 Michael Franti
Gonna Be [Ben Human Remix] 4:10 Mo’ Horizons
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Roll With It 5:18 Steve Winwood
Good Things 4:14 BoDeans
A Beautiful Mess 5:38 Jason Mraz
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018, 840am ~ Messy It Up, Clean It Up, Repeat

Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Dream Of The Dolphin, The 6:10 Enigma
Captain Dread 5:16 Dreadzone
Say Hey (I Love You) (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 3:56 Michael Franti
Sometimes 4:49 Yoav
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Roll With It 5:18 Steve Winwood
Good Things 4:14 BoDeans
A Beautiful Mess 5:38 Jason Mraz
27 Words 4:23 Bob Holroyd

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2017, 11am ~ Messy It Up, Clean It Up, Repeat

One Good Dub 8:16 Kaya Project
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Dream Of The Dolphin, The 6:10 Enigma
Captain Dread 5:16 Dreadzone
Say Hey (I Love You) (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 3:56 Michael Franti
Sometimes 4:49 Yoav
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Roll With It 5:18 Steve Winwood
Good Things 4:14 BoDeans
A Beautiful Mess 5:38 Jason Mraz
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Thursday, Nov 15, 2017, 840am ~ Messy It Up, Clean It Up, Repeat

One Good Dub 8:16 Kaya Project
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Dream Of The Dolphin, The 6:10 Enigma
Captain Dread 5:16 Dreadzone
Say Hey (I Love You) (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 3:56 Michael Franti
Riptide 3:22 Vance Joy
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Roll With It 5:18 Steve Winwood
Good Things 4:14 BoDeans
A Beautiful Mess 5:38 Jason Mraz
27 Words 4:23 Bob Holroyd

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