I’m headed to northern Minnesota to celebrate my father-in-law’s 90th birthday but progress on the book continues!

While I’m packing up our camper and hitting the road, so is Buddha Cat. She is zooming to the printer and soon soon proofs will be flying to my in-laws for me to check!

I really don’t know what I’m doing, but the ride is exciting! Want to come along? Go to www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. It’s free, of course, I’m not asking for money — just some energy. I’ll send you news and updates as well as discounts and goodies. I’d love to have you along!

I’ll be back in August and until then
Dance on. Shine on. Purr on.
Love,

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As I get ready for a cross country trip and a family reunion in celebration of my father-in-law’s 90th, I am choosing to set an intention, to pick an adverb, for how I want to show up, how I want to “do” this time away. No matter what you’re doing, no matter what is happening around you, choosing an adverb, an intention allows you to be yourself, your best self in any situation.

You can find this week’s classic Adverb Dance 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: I’m working with the printer, and even more of you have signed up to be Buddha Cat Backers! 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!

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, Jul 9, 2018, 1045am ~ Adverb Dance

On The Forest Floor 5:05 Bob Holroyd
Alhambra Pt 1 1:21 Natacha Atlas
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Vision: O Euchari In Leta Via 6:08 Hildegard von Bingen
Desert Wind 7:48 Banco de Gaia
Amor Real 7:26 Jon Anderson
Fun Does Not Exist [Dolmus Mix] 6:22 Natacha Atlas
Through Cinemas 5:55 Loop Guru
Ho Doi 13:40 Yulara

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018, 840am ~ Adverb Dance

On The Forest Floor 5:05 Bob Holroyd
Alhambra Pt 1 1:21 Natacha Atlas
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Vision: O Euchari In Leta Via 6:08 Hildegard von Bingen
Desert Wind 7:48 Banco de Gaia
Amor Real 7:26 Jon Anderson
Fun Does Not Exist [Dolmus Mix] 6:22 Natacha Atlas
Through Cinemas 5:55 Loop Guru
The Garden of Mirrors (Pt. 2) [Passing Cloud] 5:18 Stephan Micus

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2017, 11am ~ Adverb Dance

Throw Off the Shackles 6:21 Moodswings
Moodswings Overture 5:53 Moodswings
Problem Solved 8:13 Moodswings
Rainsong 6:30 Moodswings
100% Total Success 3:52 Moodswings
Microcosmic 4:24 Moodswings
Spiritual High, Pt. 1 10:09 Moodswings
Gypsy 3:51 Kan’Nal
Thailand 7:30 Moodswings

Thursday, Jul 12, 2017, 840am ~ Adverb Dance

Throw Off the Shackles 6:21 Moodswings
Moodswings Overture 5:53 Moodswings
Problem Solved 8:13 Moodswings
Rainsong 6:30 Moodswings
100% Total Success 3:52 Moodswings
Microcosmic 4:24 Moodswings
Spiritual High, Pt. 1 10:09 Moodswings
Gypsy 3:51 Kan’Nal
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook

Friday, Jul 13, 2017, 6pm for Mary Linn ~ Adverb Dance

Qurna 7:09 Banco de Gaia
Sensations 4:29 Sweetback
Last Train Home 5:35 Pat Metheny
Mafich Aravi 8:05 Banco de Gaia
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
Wombo Lombo 4:17 Angelique Kidjo
Ali Click Trance Mix 7:29 Brian Eno
Cantaloop 4:39 US3
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Saturday, Jul 14, 2017, 1245pm for Mary Linn ~ Adverb Dance

Qurna 7:09 Banco de Gaia
Sensations 4:29 Sweetback
Last Train Home 5:35 Pat Metheny
Mafich Aravi 8:05 Banco de Gaia
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
Wombo Lombo 4:17 Angelique Kidjo
Ali Click Trance Mix 7:29 Brian Eno
Cantaloop 4:39 US3
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!

On a sunny Friday morning, I rode my bike to the gym for a yoga class and a workout. Yoga was on the deck in the balmy summer air with a teacher I love. I was looking forward to a swim and then a leisurely ride home.

As I walked to the locker room, the sky suddenly went dark and rain roared on the roof. I threw my gear in a bag, ran out to my bike, and was soaked through before I had the lock off. I bumped my bike through the puddles in the parking lot but pedal as I might I couldn’t make it through the first traffic light before it turned red.

As the rain poured through my helmet and dripped down my nose, I stared angrily at the red light. I imagined riding home miserably, uncomfortably, grimly.

I’d missed my swim, but realized I was still getting wet on a summer morning. I took a breath and felt the rain on my skin. It felt tingly and alive. I wondered what would happen if I rode the rest of the way home happily. Or gratefully. Or joyfully. What if I changed the adverb to adventurously or curiously?

I felt the muscles in my face and shoulders soften. The light turned green and I turned onto the next street gleefully.

What happens when you choose your adverb with intention? How does that change the sensation? How does the adverb transform the experience?


I’m teaching extra classes and will be diving into the Adverb Dance with three classic Nia routines:
TranceVision ~ Monday 1045am acac square, Tuesday 840am acac downtown
Moodfood ~ Wednesday 11am acac square, Thursday 840am acac downtown
Fantasia ~ Friday, 6pm acac downtown (101 at 545pm), Saturday, 1245pm acac square (101 at 1230pm)
Inspired by the teaching of Brad Stoller as well as the Nia Blue Belt, we’ll explore how intention and focus changes movement, sensation and experience! Please join me.



My first book! Coming Soon!

I’ve finalized the pages and the cover mechanical is done (doesn’t that sound official and cool? I have no real idea what it means). Please join me in the adventure of the publication of my first book. Go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer! You’ll get updates, insights, goodies and discounts! Can’t wait to do this together.

Healing and creativity are interwoven. No one demonstrates this more to me than my friend, colleague and teacher, Mary Linn Bergstrom. She inspires me every day with her courage to heal and the bubbling of inspiration and beauty that comes from that courageous choice. Huge thanks to her this week for playing with me in the Nia sandbox.

What healing opportunity are you taking? What are you noticing about the connection between choosing to heal and creativity? I’d love to hear about your experience — this week and any time! Drop me a line.

You can find this week’s crazy good Creativity & Healing 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!
It’s been a big week in Buddha Cat world! The files went off to the printer, more than 100 of you signed up to be Buddha Cat Backers and a couple dozen agreed to let me send you surveys to get your ideas about the process of spreading the word! 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 http://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!

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 http://cecilyarmstrong.com/decodebodywisdom/ to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jul 6!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jul 6 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Jul 2, 2018, 1045am ~ Healing & Creativity

A Thousand Beautiful Things 3:07 Annie Lennox
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Born 4:37 Ara Lee
Amor Real 7:26 Jon Anderson
We Are the Ones 5:39 Melissa Etheridge
Born Under Punches 3:50 Angélique Kidjo
Life Begins Again [Featuring Robert Plant] 6:22 Afro Celt Sound System
Faith (feat. Ariana Grande) 2:43 Stevie Wonder
I Know 3:49 Dionne Farris
Warm Sound 5:31 Zero 7
Primitive 4:19 Annie Lennox
Amazing Grace 6:12 Walela

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018, 840am ~ Healing & Creativity

A Thousand Beautiful Things 3:07 Annie Lennox
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Born 4:37 Ara Lee
Amor Real 7:26 Jon Anderson
We Are the Ones 5:39 Melissa Etheridge
Born Under Punches 3:50 Angélique Kidjo
Life Begins Again [Featuring Robert Plant] 6:22 Afro Celt Sound System
Faith (feat. Ariana Grande) 2:43 Stevie Wonder
I Know 3:49 Dionne Farris
Warm Sound 5:31 Zero 7
Amazing Grace 6:12 Walela

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2017, 11am ~ Healing & Creativity with Mary Linn

Dreamers 0:37 Christina Aguilera
Now 4:10 Miguel
Redemption Day 4:22 Johnny Cash
We Are the Ones 5:39 Melissa Etheridge
Resilient 4:10 Rising Appalachia
Almost Like Praying (feat. Artists for Puerto Rico) 3:20 Lin-Manuel Miranda
We Shall Be Free 4:45 Garth Brooks
Takin’ It To the Streets (2016 Remastered) 3:59 The Doobie Brothers
Born Under Punches 3:50 Angélique Kidjo
This Land Is Your Land 4:38 Little Feat
Born 4:37 Ara Lee
Miles Away From America 3:27 The Happening
Love Will Find a Way 3:43 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening

Thursday, Jun 28, 2017, 840am ~ Healing & Creativity with Mary Linn

Dreamers 0:37 Christina Aguilera
Now 4:10 Miguel
Redemption Day 4:22 Johnny Cash
We Are the Ones 5:39 Melissa Etheridge
Resilient 4:10 Rising Appalachia
Almost Like Praying (feat. Artists for Puerto Rico) 3:20 Lin-Manuel Miranda
We Shall Be Free 4:45 Garth Brooks
Takin’ It To the Streets (2016 Remastered) 3:59 The Doobie Brothers
Born Under Punches 3:50 Angélique Kidjo
This Land Is Your Land 4:38 Little Feat
Born 4:37 Ara Lee
Miles Away From America 3:27 The Happening
Love Will Find a Way 3:43 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Gentle Exit 4:15 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!

For months now, I’ve been noticing the connection between healing and creativity. As I pay deep attention, as I find the willingness to step into whatever is happening (in my body, my heart, my mind, my spirit, the world), creative energy becomes available — energy for expression, for insight, for solutions, for presence.

When Mary Linn and I decided to focus on this connection in our classes this week (we’re teaching together on July 4! Do join us at acac albemarle square 11am-1215pm!), we didn’t really know what we were doing.

She mentioned Elizabeth Gilbert…that’s where I found the quote for the art piece above.

Then I read this genius blog post from Lisa Jakub, called Can You Make Art During a Crisis? (Spoiler Alert: YES. Hell YES you can and must and YES please. But read her post since she says it better than I did.)

And then this from Graeme Seabrook came up on my Facebook feed:

All around me I hear artists, writers, musicians, coaches, healers – all kinds of creators – questioning themselves and their work in the world.
Should they stop writing jokes, or painting, or making t-shirts, or candles, or poetry, or, or, or? Shouldn’t they put away these frivolous things and fight?
At the same time I see people all over social media thirsty for good news, for inspiration, for joy. I see my friends and family in my offline community searching for peace, for some comfort.
To the creators, to the makers, to the healers and the coaches, the writers and all the bringers of light I beg you: PLEASE KEEP CREATING.
We need to be reminded of what life can be.
We need to be shown our highest selves.
We need to remember what we are fighting FOR and not only what we are fighting against.
We need hope.
So please keep creating. We need you now more than ever.

And then Mary Linn and I kept finding music that we wanted to create new choreography for and there it was, flowing through me, the energy that is released when I have the courage to heal.

Step into this with us. Dance in it — however you do. What we create out of our healing is what makes all the difference.


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I’ve finalized the pages and the cover mechanical is done (doesn’t that sound official and cool? I have no real idea what it means). Please join me in the adventure of the publication of my first book. Go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer! You’ll get updates, insights, goodies and discounts! Can’t wait to do this together.

The first time I heard this Ram Dass quote, my mind was blown. And the more I practice it, the more I get it…and then usually immediately forget it. What if the best (and even ONLY) way for me to show up for other people and the world is to show up for, heal and work on myself. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me. I’m grateful for the reminder.

You can find this week’s Showing Up 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!
I’m excited to announce that Buddha Cat is just about ready to go to the printer! After months of the creative process, I’m now embarking on the adventure of production and then spreading the word! Will you join me to help spread some insight and delight with Buddha Cat? Please go to http://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!

Cville Dance Co-Op: The Groove Is You with Susan ~ Sunday, Jul 1 2018, 1015am-1215pm
How often to we look outside ourselves for wisdom, guidance, direction? What if it’s all an inside job? What if the vibrations in the music are only a reflection of your unique energy? What if the groove is you?
I’ll be offering music with that groovy focus and holding the space for the Cville Dance Co-op on Sunday, July 1 from 10:15-12:15noon at Common Ground in the Jefferson School.
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. The groove is you. 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, Jul 1: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, entrance locks at 10:45am, dancing 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.

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 http://cecilyarmstrong.com/decodebodywisdom/ to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

July 4th Nia with Susan & Mary Linn ~ Weds, Jul 4, 11am/strong>
Join Susan & Mary Linn for a celebration of creativity and healing in a special Nia class on the 4th at acac Albemarle Square from 11am to 1215pm! Spend part of the holiday with yourself, your body and some extremely cool people.

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jul 6!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jul 6 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Jun 25, 2018, 1045am ~ Showing Up

Fireflies 3:31 Mofro
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Shine On 3:43 Eric Bibb
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Beautiful Domination 5:59 Bob Holroyd
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018, 840am ~ Showing Up

Fireflies 3:31 Mofro
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Beautiful Domination 5:59 Bob Holroyd
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2017, 11am ~ Showing Up

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
Shine On 3:43 Eric Bibb
Holy War 4:22 Alicia Keys
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Summer Morning Rain 3:52 Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson

Thursday, Jun 28, 2017, 840am ~ Showing Up

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
Shine On 3:43 Eric Bibb
Holy War 4:22 Alicia Keys
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
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&#8230;
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!

It’s unclear if he actually said it. But it’s possible that Woody Allen said something to the effect that 90% (or 80%? or 99%?) of success (or maybe life) is just showing up. Or he might have been quoting someone else.

Whoever said it, I think the sentiment is genius.

Except for one thing: I would never say “just” showing up. Sometimes showing up is incredibly, dreadfully, dauntingly difficult. Sometimes it is more than I can manage. Sometimes getting there is really, truly all I can do.

Showing up is stepping in and saying, “I’m going to be in relationship with this. I’m going to be part of this. I’m going to bring myself to this in some way.”

The choice to show up, to really show up, is a big one. I know that there are many times when I literally or energetically choose to stay home and hide. Once I do decide to show up, though, then the question is how? Bravely? Kindly? Tentatively? Defensively? With curiosity? With judgement? What will I choose to bring to the relationship?

The three “showing ups” that I’m curious about are how you show up for yourself, how you show up for each other, and how you show up for the world.

What would you say if I told you it was all the same? What if I said that how you show up for yourself is how you show up for everyone and everything else?

In his seminal book, Be Here Now, Ram Dass said, “I can do nothing for you but work on myself…you can do nothing for me but work on yourself!”

What if the only way you can heal the world is to heal yourself? What if the only way you can make an positive impact on the people in your life is to do your work, do your practice? What if working on yourself is all you can do?

Coming Soon! Buddha Cat: my first book!

I’ve finalized the pages and the designer is doing a cover mechanical (doesn’t that sound official and cool? I have no real idea what it means). Please join me in the adventure of the publication of my first book. Go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer! You’ll get updates, insights, goodies and discounts! Can’t wait to do this together.