Music & Other Gems Jan 9 – 12, 2017 – From Preference to Skill

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The adage, “No pain, no gain”? Utter horse hockey if you ask me. It does noBody any good to seek out pain. But awkwardness? Confusion? Frustration? Difficulty? Heck yeah. That’s where new skills, habit-breaking and possibility lie.

The day after writing this week’s post, I came across this great article that explains the neuroscience behind our focus this week. Enjoy it.

Our From Preference to Skill playlists from the week are below or you can listen to them by going to Spotify! Dance for free at Spotify! Sign up, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

And first the announce-y things:

• New Nia 5 Stages class with Anne at acac downtown on Friday mornings
Black Belt Nia Instructor, Anne Wolf is now offering a Nia 5 Stages class on Friday mornings 8:30-8:55 am at ACAC downtown. Nia 5 Stages is an integrative practice based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Each stage is a foundation for the next. Combined, all 5 stages help people to integrate physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When practiced daily and in the correct sequence, these stages facilitate optimal alignment and function. Come join Anne to explore these stages and cultivate your  practice.

• Finding Your Focus with Mary Linn & Susan ~ January 28, 3-5pm –NEW LOCATION: The Quaker Meeting House at 1104 Forest St in Cville
These days, there are seemingly endless worthy causes that could use our money, time, and energy. Many of us are left feeling overwhelmed, scattered, or even helpless.
In this free workshop, we will explore what matters to you most, ultimately discovering the unique purpose to which each one of us may give our devotion.
As we share our insights, we will create a sense of relaxed readiness, knowing that we are not taking on the world alone.
Bring a journal, something you’re comfortable sitting on and a friend!

This is a FREE heARTful Action gathering~ Saturday, January 28, 2o17, 3-5pm
given the number of people attending it will now be held at The Quaker Meeting House at 1104 Forest St, Cville 22903. Please bring a friend and a donation for the use of the space.
*Please RSVP to sjmnia@gmail.com or on the Facebook event page (https://tinyurl.com/z9tq33f) so we know how many will be there.

• Make a Donation and Get Art on susanmcculley.com/shop
For the foreseeable future: You Make a donation and I sent you art! It’s SIMPLE:
(1) Make a donation to CarbonFund.org (or your favorite environmental organization) or to Human Rights First (or your favorite human rights organization).
(2) Send me a copy of the receipt to sjmnia@gmail.com (alternatively, you can mail a check written to the organization to 1255 Sunset Ave Ext, Charlottesville VA 22903) and include your mailing address and the equivalent value art that you would like.
(3) I’ll mail you the art right away.
Go to http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop to see the full line up of available art. Make a heARTful difference today.

• dance.sit.create. day-treat on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017, 8:30am-5pm
There is still some space for dance.sit.create on Saturday, Feb 18 (snow date, March 4) at Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall, 4133 Earlysville Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936
What better way to spend a winter day than in giving power and time to your unique creativity? As a human being, you are an artist. While we can’t make creativity happen, we can provide fertile terrain for inspiration to land and take root. In this supportive, delicious, fun experience, step into your own creative life. Join Susan McCulley, Nia Black Belt, mindfulness teacher, writer and artist for a day-treat playing at the intersection of movement, stillness and your artist self. If you have dance.sit.created before, new surprises await. If not, this is the perfect time to join us.
Susan provides guidance and inspiration for the day. Rebecca George’s Dragonfly Kitchen provides extraordinary vegetarian, gluten-free, seasonal food (tea, snack, lunch). ALSO INCLUDED is a new 6-week series of music, meditations, and prompts to keep the flow of the day going. $125 / please register by February 15. Limited to 20 participants. Go here for all the details and to register.

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, Jan 9, 2017, 1045am ~ From Preference to Skill

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Wild Horses (Live) 6:05 Alicia Keys
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017, 840am ~ From Preference to Skill

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Thank You 4:55 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Wild Horses (Live) 6:05 Alicia Keys
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017, 11am ~ From Preference to Skill

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
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Waking the Spirits (African Travels Re-Awakening Remix) 5:56 Bob Holroyd
Diavolo In Me (Devil In Me) 4:05 Zucchero & Solomon Burke
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Wild Horses (Live) 6:05 Alicia Keys
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017, 840am ~ From Preference to Skill

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
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Waking the Spirits (African Travels Re-Awakening Remix) 5:56 Bob Holroyd
Diavolo In Me (Devil In Me) 4:05 Zucchero & Solomon Burke
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Below My Feet 4:52 Mumford & Sons
Wild Horses (Live) 6:05 Alicia Keys
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

* This is new music from one of Jamie Catto’s creative projects! You can find it here. https://thehappeningmusic.bandcamp.com/releases

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!

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