Susan’s Playlists December 14 – 17, 2015 ~ The Gap … And A Special Gift for You!

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The Gap is a space, an opening in which there is stillness and peace. Sometimes the Gap is tiny, but the Gap is always available no matter what is happening. I just have to remember to look for it, and to slide into it. This week, I’ve noticed that my practices on cushion, mat, and dance floor all have helped me find the Gap, but they are by no means the only way of tapping in.

WHAT’S THIS? A GIFT!

One of my favorite ways to dropping into the Gap is when I get out my pens and draw. And this week, I made something for you: a special piece for Focus Pocus readers to meditate on (there is a little hidden message in it!), or hang somewhere to remind you, or doodle on, or color in, or adorn in any way you’d like (the banner above is an excerpt of it).

All you have to do is write a comment below (or at the Focus Pocus Facebook page) about how you find The Gap (or how it eludes you!) and I will send you the Gap Seeking piece! I can’t wait for you to see it.

Below are the playlists for the week. You can listen to all the playlists for free on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ ! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together!

Here are some cool things you want to know about:

• Embracing Darkness: A Special Class with Mary Linn & Susan ~ Thursday, December 24, 840-940am at acac downtown

At the winter solstice, we have a choice about how to approach this time of year. We can huddle and steel against it, we can glitter and holly jolly over it, or we can embrace it. Please join Mary Linn and Susan for a special class of movement and music that invites the whole-hearted embrace of the darkness that is essential to growth and life. Rich instrumental, blues and live vocal music by our friend and fellow Nia dancer, Guy Lushin, underscores the focus on peaceful mindful presence we can choose to cultivate.

• Introduction to Ageless Grace at ACAC Downtown Studio A, Thursdays: December 17 and 31, 1:30-2:15

Ageless Grace is a fitness and wellness program designed for all ages and abilities. It combines physical activity, brain exercises, imagination and a sense of humor with music to stimulate a sense of pleasure and well-being! It is done seated, making it inviting for those with physical or cognitive limitations, balance concerns, or healing issues. There is no choreography to learn. Movements are easy, natural and organic and varied based on the music! Come experience how we can create lifelong comfort and ease physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Sheila Queen, Ageless Grace Certified Educator, will offer this introductory class December 17 and 31, 130-215pm at acac Downtown, Studio A. On December 17, members can bring a friend for free.

• Winter Nia Jam: Spiritual High with Anne, Mary Linn & Susan ~ Friday, January 22, 545-7pm at acac downtown

We are returning to the music and focus of a long-ago Nia routine originally created around 1995 by our teacher, Carlos Rosas. Together, we’ll create a new take on the music, movement and magic. Free for members and members can bring a friend for free!

• dance. sit. write. draw. Saturday, January 23, 2016 – Early Bird Rate ends Friday, Dec 18!

We’re dancing, sitting and writing again and this time, we’re drawing, too! Join me for a day of exploration at the intersection of movement, stillness and creativity. The lower early bird rate ends tomorrow, Friday, December 18 so do register! Find all the information at http://www.susanmcculley.com/workshops-retreats/ and register at http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop/dance-sit-write-draw-day-retreat-1 on http://www.susanmcculley.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, Dec 14, 2015, 1045am ~ The Gap

Big Sky 4:04 Annie Lennox
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Nothing But The Water (II) 5:19 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sunchyme 3:54 Dario G.
Breathe 4:17 Telepopmusik
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Feel It All – Band Jam 3:50 KT Tunstall
Child Come Home Foxtrot Delta 2 3:29 Jamie Catto
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Premal

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015, 840am ~ The Gap

Big Sky 4:04 Annie Lennox
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Nothing But The Water (II) 5:19 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sunchyme 3:54 Dario G.
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Feel It All – Band Jam 3:50 KT Tunstall
Child Come Home Foxtrot Delta 2 3:29 Jamie Catto
Nagual 4:03 Michael Hewett

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015, 11am ~ The Gap

Beach Drifter 4:02 Plazza
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
The Great Unfolding 4:06 Quinn
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Outro 6:24 Hang Massive
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Thursday, Dec 17, 2015, 840am ~ The Gap

Beach Drifter 4:02 Plazza
A New Day 4:03 Laya Project
The Great Unfolding 4:06 Quinn
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Release It [Instrumental] 6:27 Afro Celt Sound System
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Curried Ripples 5:03 Ganga Girl
Outro 6:24 Hang Massive
Wishful Thinking 5:32 The Album Leaf

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. </a

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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6 comments
  1. laurala said:

    Swimming always leads me into the gap. It’s a mantra of motion.

    • Oh yeah, That is brilliant. There is also something about the whooshing sound of the water that opens up the gap for me. Thank you! (Email me at sjmnia@gmail.com and I’ll send you your gift!)

  2. Lisa said:

    I find the gap in the space between two words. For example, in the sentence “I am”, I can slip right into the gap between “I” & “am”. Works every time!

    • Wow, that is lovely. I’m going to play with that. Thank you. (Presuming your screen name here is your email address…I’ll send you your gift there. If that’s not correct, email me at sjmnia (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll send it straight away!) ❤

  3. Peter Kashatus said:

    In my busy day today, haircut, shopping, and post office, I found a gap when I got into a very long line at the post office. My gap was the time I had to observe people. There was the father in front of me with a young daughter who had lots of questions, the woman on the cell phone that perhaps had a hearing problem and spoke in a very loud voice inviting all of us into her conversation, the two young men with about 25 – 30 packages who made me wonder if they were running a start up company, and so many more interesting people whose stories I imagined as I stood in line. What a wonderful way to spend time waiting in the gap.

    • Gorgeous. I love it. The spaces inbetween. (Giftie on its way to you!)

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