Music & Other Gems Feb 6-9, 2017 – The Integrated Brain: Focus in to Broaden Out

mindfulness-on-the-body

There is one thing that when cultivated and regularly practiced, leads to deep spiritual intention, to peace, to mindfulness and clear comprehension, to vision and knowledge, to a happy life here and now and to the culmination of wisdom and awakening. And what is that one thing? It is mindfulness centered on the body.
(Buddha Anguttara Nikaya I 43)

Modern brain science and ancient contemplative practice intersect to give us the tools to keep our skillful pre-frontal brains on-line! All we need to do is practice mindfulness. Coolio.

All the 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:

One Billion Rising 2o17: Solidarity Against Exploitation of Women
1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION women and girls. Every February, people all over the world rise to show what ONE BILLION looks like. We rise through dance to celebrate that we have not been defeated by violence. We rise to show we will create a new kind of consciousness where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

Mary Linn and I will be offering our One Billion Rising Nia experience at these times an locations:
Saturday, Feb 11, 1230-145pm, acac Albemarle Square
Tuesday, Feb 14, 840-940am, acac Downtown
and
Tuesday, Feb 14, 6-645pm at the IX Art Park* as park of the One Billion Rising celebration put on by the Women’s Initiative, Shelter for Help in Emergency, Planned Parenthood and SARA. Please join us for live music, multi-cultural dance, art, food as well as Nia* with the intention for a safer world for women, girls, and people of every gender expression. *We will be dancing on a concrete floor, so please wear comfortable shoes to dance in!

Also on Tuesday, Feb 14 at 6pm
Susan Tate, author, black belt Nia teacher, and wellness visionary. A respected health educator for over forty-five years, will lead a class at the Polarity Barn. No Nia experience is necessary. This event is by donation and all proceeds will benefit the Sexual Assault Resource Agency in Charlottesville.

The Polarity Barn (Crozet/Batesville neighborhood)
6482 Dick Woods Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
More info: http://www.susantate.org

• 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. Two spaces left – Limited to 20 participants. Go here for all the details and to register.

• FREE Workshop: Cultivating Resilience with Mary Linn & Susan ~ February 25, 3-5pm
How do we take real care of ourselves in the face of upset and struggle? How do we cultivate healthy resilience? Resilience is the brain’s ability to handle stress in a positive way and to recover quickly. In this workshop, we will explore tools that neuroscience shows wire the brain for an ability to bounce back. Join us for the first in the Heal the Healer series.
Saturday, February 25, 2o17, 3-5pm (arrive at 2:45)
at the Quaker Meeting House at 1104 Forest St, Charlottesville
Please RSVP to sjmnia@gmail.com or on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1629783820664092/) so we know how many people to expect. Wear comfortable closthes, bring a journal, a donation for use of the space, and a friend!

• Love Warrior: embody a movement ~ Friday, Mar 3, 6-730pm
a moving experience of activism in support of five local refugee families
Buck Mountain Episcopal Church Parish Hall
Join Susan for the launch of a new routine called Love Warrior. This is a movement experience that allows us to experience the sensation of the change we want to see in the world. We can then translate that sensation directly into action.
“Knowledge is only a rumor until it is in the muscle.” – Papua New Guinea Proverb
In times of uncertainty, our first reaction can be to “figure this out.” It is a common approach to go straight to our minds to think our way out of a difficult situation. And nothing will shift, we won’t change a thing until we feel it in our bones, until we embody the change we want to see.
Space limited to 25 participants ~ Please RSVP to Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com
Suggested donation $20-25 and/or specific items of need by the families (more info on this to come)

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, Feb 6, 2017, 1045am ~ The Integrated Brain

My Baby Don’t Tolerate 3:45 Lyle Lovett
Nourah 6:51 Makyo
Dubuasca (with Michael Kang) 6:55 Bassnectar
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Ali Click Trance Mix 7:29 Brian Eno
Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) 4:23 Janelle Monae
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Landed 4:29 Ben Folds
Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: Malena (Main theme) 4:22 Yo-Yo Ma, Ennio Morricone & Roma Sinfonietta

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017, 840am ~ The Integrated Brain

My Baby Don’t Tolerate 3:45 Lyle Lovett
Dubuasca (with Michael Kang) 6:55 Bassnectar
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Ali Click Trance Mix 7:29 Brian Eno
Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) 4:23 Janelle Monae
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Landed 4:29 Ben Folds
Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: Malena (Main theme) 4:22 Yo-Yo Ma, Ennio Morricone & Roma Sinfonietta

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017, 11am ~ The Integrated Brain

Shake It Loose 3:33 Dolphin Boy
Stop For A Minute (feat. K’naan) 4:07 Keane
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
Shut Your Eyes 3:16 Snow Patrol
Domination 7:26 Peace Orchestra
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Baila Morena 4:10 Zucchero & Maná
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
Knock On Wood 4:13 Safri Duo
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Landed 4:29 Ben Folds
Coming Down 7:47 Rasiya

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017, 840am ~ The Integrated Brain

Shake It Loose 3:33 Dolphin Boy
Stop For A Minute (feat. K’naan) 4:07 Keane
Shut Your Eyes 3:16 Snow Patrol
Domination 7:26 Peace Orchestra
Praise You 5:22 Fatboy Slim
Baila Morena 4:10 Zucchero & Maná
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
Knock On Wood 4:13 Safri Duo
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Landed 4:29 Ben Folds
Nagual 4:03 Michael Hewett

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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2 comments
  1. Marion Robbins said:

    I’ve always loved this quote, and used it many times! Thanks for bringing it back to my mind; I will share it with the next yoga class. You are with me always, in my awareness… so much love to you and Frank, Marion

    • It’s one of my favorite quotes…ever. It was fun this week starting by teaching the physiology of the brain and how mindfulness turns on our prefrontal cortex and then BOOM…the Buddha. Sending big love. ❤

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