Susan’s Playlists Jan 19 – 22, 2015 ~ Choosing Challenge

choosing challenge MLK marching

This week started with Martin Luther King Day, one of my favorite days of the year to teach and dance. Inspired by his life and work, we focused on choosing challenge to build our resilience and calm when things are uncomfortable, inconvenient and difficult. For sure, practicing doesn’t stop me from getting twisted up when things don’t go the way I like them to, but it helps more than anything I know.

I suppose there will come a day when I will hear the words of the “Dream” speech and I won’t cry. But so far, that day has not come. Below are the playlists from the week. Grab a tissue.

But first…

Announce-y type things:

Join me for Sharon Salzberg’s 28-Day Meditation Challenge! One of my favorite meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a yearly 28-Day Meditation challenge during the month of February. I will be one of the bloggers writing about the experience on her site and you can follow me and the other meditator-writers here. Commit to 28 days of meditation by signing the pledge and being part of a month of mindfulness.

No Words launch at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church in Earlysville. I’m excited to be debuting my No Words routine on Friday, February 13 at 6pm at the Buck Mountain Parish Hall at 4133 Earlysville Road. Music and movement are human expressions beyond language. This routine combines all-instrumental music with wordless teaching to offer a meditative, energizing, and personal experience. Hosted by the Buck Mountain Wellness Ministry, the class is free and open to everyone with the request for donations toward the committee’s work in the community.

Helen Terry returns to Charlottesville for a special Nia class on Friday, February 27 at 545pm at acac downtown! It’s a chance to dance with a gifted and experienced trainer to her routine “Rising.” Space is limited to early registration is strongly recommended. You can get details here. $20/members and $25/non-members. Please register with acac downtown member services ~ 434.984.3800

– Our friend and teacher, Mary Linn is taking one day at a time after the death of her only daughter, Chloe, in a car accident on December 22. Much gratitude for the Invisible Net of Love that has surrounded her in these darkest of days. As her needs shift, I will keep you posted as to how best to support her here on this blog. You can also check here and here for information. Donations are still needed as the realness of lawyers and legal proceedings and therapy of all kinds continues.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, Jan 19, 2015, 1045am ~ Choosing Challenge (Martin Luther King Day)

Freedom 3:07 Madonna
I Shall Be Free 6:13 Kid Beyond
May all Beings 6:27 EarthRise SoundSystem
You Might Die Trying 4:44 Dave Matthews Band
Pride (In the Name of Love) [Live] 4:27 U2
One World, One People 4:43 Xcultures
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers
Black Or White 3:19 Michael Jackson
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Woke Up This Morning 3:55 Ruthie Foster
Spiritual High, Pt. 3 5:14 Moodswings
Love Rescue Me 3:48 Playing For Change
MLK 2:34 U2

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015, 9am ~ Choosing Challenge

Freedom 3:07 Madonna
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
Shame (Feat. Eve And The A Group) 3:34 Jill Scott
Just the Way You Are 3:41 Bruno Mars
May all Beings 6:27 EarthRise SoundSystem
Pride (In the Name of Love) [Live] 4:27 U2
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers
Black Or White 3:19 Michael Jackson
Terrapin 4:31 Bonobo
Try 3:45 Colbie Caillat
Love Rescue Me 3:48 Playing For Change
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015, 1055am ~ Choosing Challenge

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
Shame (Feat. Eve And The A Group) 3:34 Jill Scott
Just the Way You Are 3:41 Bruno Mars
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
The Sound Of Winter 3:27 Bush
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Terrapin 4:31 Bonobo
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
Serengeti (Bliss Mix) 5:30 Infernal

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015, 9am ~ Choosing Challenge

Big Sky 4:04 Annie Lennox
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
The Fire From Within 4:12 Tryptamoon
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Premal

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!

And if you’re a belt, Helen Terry is coming to the Charlottesville area for a Blue Belt training in February! An exciting opportunity to deepen your practice!

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