These days, I spend a good deal of time thinking about peace. I’ve thought about how peace is active, something that requires energy and attention. I came up with the phrase, Peace Is Not Passive. I thought I was so clever. But it turns out that Hubert Humphrey already said it.

 

And this quote hangs near our front door. I see it every day and it reminds me that peace is something I *do* not something I wait for.

 

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Feel a place in your body where there is tension and you know that it changes you – maybe your breath changes, or your movement, or your emotions. Feel a place in your life where there is tension and you know that changes happen there, too.

The opposite is also true when we change something, it feels different, less comfortable, challenging. What Seth Godin says is true, “Change creates tension and tension creates change.” Practicing surfing this cycle of change and tension is a skill we all need all the time.

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 you want to know about:

Nia classes for people with cancer, survivors, caregivers & staff at UVA with Susan Tate ~ starts October 16
Join Susan Tate, Black Belt Nia Instructor for Nia classes with a focus on moving to heal on Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm & Wednesdays,12-1pm on the 4th Floor of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.These free classes start October 16 with a kick-off celebration class at 5:30 pm.  Registration is not required. Contact Susan Tate at susan@susantate.orgfor more information.

Inbetween Halloween Jam on Tuesday, October 31 at 840am Downtown AND 535pm Albemarle Square
Celebrate Halloween in a traditional way with Mary Linn, Susan and Rachel. Originally, the day marked both the harvest and the change into the darker half of the year (the shift from orange to black).  It was considered an “in between” time where the boundary between spirits and humans thinned. In that spirit, we’ll use music all from artists who have passed. Put on some orange and black and join us on Tue, Oct 31, 840-940am Downtown, Group Ex Studio and then again at 535-635pm at Albemarle Square, Room B.

Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat in Boone, N.C. with two amazing teachers ~ Nov. 2 – 5th, 2017
Join Lisa Jakub and Cecily Armstrong (two of my favorite yoga teachers and people on the planet!) for a fun, restorative and empowering retreat exploring various aspects of emotional and physical wellness. The retreat will include: • writing exercises to understand anxiety & the inner critic • nutrition talks, on both physical and emotional nourishment • discussions on purpose, connection, and authentic power • yoga, meditation and pranayama • healthy Ayurvedic meals • free time at the retreat center – massage, pottery, hiking ‣ You’ll return home with tools to help you live a more happy, healthy, vibrant life. And we’ll have a whole bunch of fun, too! No writing or yoga experience necessary! Find all the information here
Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat in Boone, NC!
and for questions, contact Lisa at LisaJakub108@gmail.com.

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

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Oct 9, 2017, 1045am ~ Change Creates Tension Creates Change…/h4>
Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
SexybackClean Version 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
A Change Would Do You Good 3:50 Sheryl Crow
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
All People (feat. Gina René) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Change 4:36 Melissa Etheridge
A Change is Gonna Come 3:43 The Neville Brothers
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017, 840am ~ Change Creates Tension Creates Change…

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
SexybackClean Version 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
A Change Would Do You Good 3:50 Sheryl Crow
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
All People (feat. Gina René) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Change 4:36 Melissa Etheridge
A Change is Gonna Come 3:43 The Neville Brothers
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 11am ~ Change Creates Tension Creates Change…

State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) 5:17 Jim James
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
Sure Thing 6:03 St. Germain
Shanti (Peace Out) 6:59 MC Yogi

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017, 840am ~ Change Creates Tension Creates Change…

State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) 5:17 Jim James
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
Sure Thing 6:03 St. Germain
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook

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!

This week, we’ll play with the inspiration of two quotes. First, Albert Einstein. What if real intelligence isn’t about what you know or think or do, but rather your ability to shift and change?

Then, from Seth Godin’s book/work of art, It’s Your Turn. Think of a situation – in your body, your life, your community – that is changing and the tension that results. Think of somewhere where there is tension – in a muscle, in a relationship, a company – and the change that inevitably, eventually, results.

Hidden within these quotes is not just the sensation of adaptability but of strength and flexibility.
Are you willing to change?

How do we find stability in an inherently unstable body? How do we find stability in an inherently unstable world? The answer in both cases is connecting to a stability which does not come from something outside (or even at the edges) of us. Stability isn’t in our feet, it’s in our center. Stability isn’t in governments or jobs or even churches but in our own values, our own centering compass. Choose dynamic rather than rigid stability. Find flowing rather than manic mobility. Let the two intersect, that you have discovered the totality: the source of grace, ease, and power.

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 you want to know about:

LOVE UNITY HEALING Nia class with Jule Aguirre ~ Saturday, October 7, 6-7pm
Come dance with Nia Trainer, Jule Aguirre who will be here from Dallas this weekend. Jule is a mind-body psychotherapist, Nia First Degree Black Belt Somatic Educator and Trainer. Proceeds to go to United C-ville Victim Relief
https://www.gofundme.com/united-cville-victim-relief
The Tango Studio is in the Glass Bldg downtown.
Email Susan Tate at susan@susantate.org to register or find more here https://tinyurl.com/yct9c9kk Space is limited.

Moving to Heal Nia Training October 8-9 with Jule Aquirre
This training is designed for teachers and non-teachers and will be held on Sat and Sun, October 7 & 8 with trainer Jule Aquirre at the Tango Studio downtown. Designed with the unifying theme of healing, Moving to Heal (MTH) training provides you with the knowledge and skills to deliver and experience therapeutic benefits in the Nia class experience. For more information and to register go to: https://nianow.com/node/1182936
ALSO, Jule will offer a master class on that Saturday (10/7)  with a focus of Love-Unity-Healing at the Tango studio at 6:00pm — with all proceeds going to United C-ville Victim Relief.

Nia classes for people with cancer, survivors, caregivers & staff at UVA with Susan Tate ~ starts October 16
Join Susan Tate, Black Belt Nia Instructor for Nia classes with a focus on moving to heal on Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm & Wednesdays,12-1pm on the 4th Floor of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.These free classes start October 16 with a kick-off celebration class at 5:30 pm.  Registration is not required. Contact Susan Tate at susan@susantate.orgfor more information.

Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat in Boone, N.C. with two amazing teachers ~ Nov. 2 – 5th, 2017
Join Lisa Jakub and Cecily Armstrong (two of my favorite yoga teachers and people on the planet!) for a fun, restorative and empowering retreat exploring various aspects of emotional and physical wellness. The retreat will include: • writing exercises to understand anxiety & the inner critic • nutrition talks, on both physical and emotional nourishment • discussions on purpose, connection, and authentic power • yoga, meditation and pranayama • healthy Ayurvedic meals • free time at the retreat center – massage, pottery, hiking ‣ You’ll return home with tools to help you live a more happy, healthy, vibrant life. And we’ll have a whole bunch of fun, too! No writing or yoga experience necessary! Find all the information here
Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat in Boone, NC!
and for questions, contact Lisa at LisaJakub108@gmail.com.

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

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Oct 2, 2017, 1045am ~ The Totality: Mobility and Stability/h4>

A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
You Dance 4:02 Eastmountainsouth
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Milieu 4:00 Beats Antique
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Late Lounge Lover 4:45 Hacienda
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
Ascension 4:52 Lex van Someren

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017, 840am ~ The Totality: Mobility and Stability

A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Journeyman – AO 6:41 Bob Holroyd
You Dance 4:02 Eastmountainsouth
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
The Pink Panther Theme 2:40 Henry Mancini
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Late Lounge Lover 4:45 Hacienda
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
Ascension 4:52 Lex van Someren

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 11am ~ The Totality: Mobility and Stability

Eireann 5:10 Afro Celt Sound System
My Culture 5:39 Maxi Jazz/Robbie Williams
Free Fallin’ 4:16 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
American Girl 3:33 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Runnin’ Down A Dream 4:23 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Persistence of Memory [Remix] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Adagio 5:11 Safri Duo

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017, 840am ~ The Totality: Mobility and Stability

Eireann 5:10 Afro Celt Sound System
My Culture 5:39 Maxi Jazz/Robbie Williams
Free Fallin’ 4:16 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
American Girl 3:33 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Runnin’ Down A Dream 4:23 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Wildflowers 3:10 Tom Petty
Persistence of Memory [Remix] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Adagio 5:11 Safri Duo

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!

 

Both mobility and stability are movement sensations that train, condition, and heal the body uniquely. Creating the mobility of fluid, constant movement around the joints lubricates connective tissue, stimulates intrinsic muscle, and creates more ease in the nervous system. Sensing that stability is not only a rooting down, but an energetic radiation from center, creates stability even in the inherent instability of our bodies and the world.

But put them together and…

Shazam.

Totality.

(Okay. I didn’t actually SEE the totality when it happened this summer. I was actually kind of MEH about it. This art was inspired by Rebekah Wostrel and Annie Dillard’s extraordinary essay that Bekah shared with me.)

If you’re interested in more good writing, check out this post that I wrote while I was in the midst of a big move. Read it here!

This summer, I loved reading Brene Brown’s book, Rising Strong. I recommend it highly no matter if you are working for freedom and justice, building a company, parenting a child or loving someone. Here’s more about the messy middle:

“To pretend that we can get to helping, generous, and brave without navigating through tough emotions like desperation, shame, and panic is a profoundly dangerous and misguided assumption.” 
― Brené Brown, Rising Strong

We can’t skip the messy middle.

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 you want to know about:

LOVE UNITY HEALING Nia class with Jule Aguirre ~ Saturday, October 7, 6-7pm
Come dance with Nia Trainer, Jule Aguirre who will be here from Dallas this weekend. Jule is a mind-body psychotherapist, Nia First Degree Black Belt Somatic Educator and Trainer. Proceeds to go to United C-ville Victim Relief
https://www.gofundme.com/united-cville-victim-relief
The Tango Studio is in the Glass Bldg downtown.
Email Susan Tate at susan@susantate.org to register or find more here https://tinyurl.com/yct9c9kk Space is limited.

Moving to Heal Nia Training October 8-9 with Jule Aquirre
This training is designed for teachers and non-teachers and will be held on Sat and Sun, October 7 & 8 with trainer Jule Aquirre at the Tango Studio downtown. Designed with the unifying theme of healing, Moving to Heal (MTH) training provides you with the knowledge and skills to deliver and experience therapeutic benefits in the Nia class experience. For more information and to register go to: https://nianow.com/node/1182936
ALSO, Jule will offer a master class on that Saturday (10/7)  with a focus of Love-Unity-Healing at the Tango studio at 6:00pm — with all proceeds going to United C-ville Victim Relief.

Nia classes for people with cancer, survivors, caregivers & staff at UVA with Susan Tate ~ starts October 16
Join Susan Tate, Black Belt Nia Instructor for Nia classes with a focus on moving to heal on Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm & Wednesdays,12-1pm on the 4th Floor of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.These free classes start October 16 with a kick-off celebration class at 5:30 pm.  Registration is not required. Contact Susan Tate at susan@susantate.orgfor more information.

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

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Sep 25, 2017, 1045am ~ Messy Middle Magic

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
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango Mussiki é
Gonna Be [Ben Human Remix] 4:10 Mo’ Horizons
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Lean On Me 4:18 Glee
The River 5:31 Suzanne Sterling
Why 4:54 Annie Lennox
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017, 840am ~ Messy Middle Magic

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
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango Mussiki é
Gonna Be [Ben Human Remix] 4:10 Mo’ Horizons
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Lean On Me 4:18 Glee
Why 4:54 Annie Lennox
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017, 11am ~ Messy Middle Magic

A Reminiscent Drive 3:27 Ambrosia
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Journeyman 3:48 Nahoo
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
Hold On 3:00 KT Tunstall
As Terras Baixas da Holanda 3:45 Nahoo
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 4:21 The Police
burundi 6:26 Star Sounds Orchestra
The River 5:31 Suzanne Sterling
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
The Space Between 6:02 Zero 7

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017, 840am ~ Messy Middle Magic

A Reminiscent Drive 3:27 Ambrosia
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Journeyman 3:48 Nahoo
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
Hold On 3:00 KT Tunstall
As Terras Baixas da Holanda 3:45 Nahoo
burundi 6:26 Star Sounds Orchestra
The River 5:31 Suzanne Sterling
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
The Space Between 6:02 Zero 7

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!

Brené Brown’s words about vulnerability hold true in regards to our bodies, our relationships, our communities and our world.

“Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ~ Brené Brown

Through my research, I found that vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together. It’s the magic sauce.”  ~Brené Brown

Let’s make some magic.

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