Music & Other Gems Mar 6-9, 2017 – What Do I Do If I Hate It?

The question she asked was, “What do I do if I hate it?”
The answer Pema Chodron offers is, “The way to dissolve our resistance to life is to meet it face to face.”
The follow-up question (and there HAS to be a follow-up question, right?) might be, “WHY meet our resistance face to face?”

The answer I offer is three-fold:

1. Calm Center – Our essence is peace and calm. When we are pushed and pulled by likes and dislikes, we move further away from that essence.

2. Curiosity – Staying with my feelings around my dislikes gives me information about my tendencies and patterns. Do I want to control this situation? Do I feel like I don’t matter? Is this an old habit of thinking/ feeling that I don’t need to use anymore?

3. Conscious Choice – By practicing coming face to face with what I don’t like in a low-stakes environment (like Nia class or on the meditation cushion), I am practicing for when life presents me with pain or challenges. If I run away when the stakes are low, I won’t have the tools to be present when the stakes are high.

All the hook-filled 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 type things:

• Safety & Awareness Reminder
Some, especially in the Downtown Group Ex studio, are choosing to dance with weights during freedance. I don’t recommend this particularly (I’m happy to elaborate if you’re interested) but if you do this, please be mindful that you are moving with weights in a room full of barefoot dancers who are moving sometimes quickly around the room. Please do any weight-dancing on the edges so dancers can easily stay clear and engage lots of awareness about where you are in space. Thank you for your awareness!

• FREE Workshop: Conscious Communication with Mary Linn & Susan ~ Saturday, March 25, 3-5pm
A heARTful Action gathering at the Quaker Meeting House at 1104 Forest St, Charlottesville
In our polarized, highly-charged political environment, a simple conversation can be tricky, scary and even dangerous. More and more, we may find ourselves avoiding conversations about the things that matter to us most for fear of an argument or damaging a relationship.
In this free workshop, we will explore practical ways to approach conversations (either in person or on-line) that promote connection, curiosity and clarity. Join us to learn ways of talking to even the prickliest people with calm and kindness. Bring a journal and a friend!
Please RSVP to sjmnia@gmail.com or on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1921663034719326/) so we know how many people to expect. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a journal and a friend!

• Love Warrior: embody a movement ~ Friday, Apr 7, 6-730pm
a moving experience of activism in support The Front Porch at 219 Water Street E, Cville
Join Susan to experience the new routine, Love Warrior. This is a movement experience designed for everyBody 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. At a time when the arts and creative education are being undermined and undervalued, it is more important than ever to support the arts in our community and creativity in ourselves! The Front Porch will offer music and refreshments will be available before and after we dance. Enjoy an evening of movement, music, and community.
Donate-What-You-Can ~ All proceeds from the event will go to The Front Porch

DOUBLE BONUS: Love Warrior shirts with original art
Just because times are tough doesn’t mean we have to wear black all the time. I’ve been working on a Love Warrior shirt design and together with the people at CustomInk, we created this – check it out!
Would you like one (you know you would)? It’s the perfect outfit for protests, marches, and of course, Love Warrior dancing! If you’re interested, please email me and let me know including what size you’d like. The more we print, the less each shirt will be (if we order 25, they will be around $16) so share this with your friends and I’ll let you know what shakes out before anyone has to commit to anything. Nevertheless…

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, Mar 6, 2017, 1045am ~ What Do I Do If I Hate It?

Yulunga [Spirit Dance] 6:56 Dead Can Dance
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Do It Anyway 4:23 Ben Folds Five
Gulf Breeze 6:30 Eat Static
Dancing is Important 5:37 Moodswings
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Everloving 3:26 Moby
Winter 5:43 Tori Amos
Devorzhum 6:13 Dead Can Dance

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017, 840am ~ What Do I Do If I Hate It?

Yulunga [Spirit Dance] 6:56 Dead Can Dance
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Dancing is Important 5:37 Moodswings
Gulf Breeze 6:30 Eat Static
Do It Anyway 4:23 Ben Folds Five 1/25/2013 2:59 PM
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Everloving 3:26 Moby
Winter 5:43 Tori Amos
Nothing Lasts Forever [Instrumental] 3:58 Adam Plack/Deepak Chopra M.D.

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017, 11am ~ What Do I Do If I Hate It?

Passing Away 5:16 Nahoo
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Thinkin’ ’bout Somethin’ 3:45 Hanson
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Spinning the Wheel 6:24 George Michael
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro
Why 4:54 Annie Lennox
Devorzhum 6:13 Dead Can Dance

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017, 840am ~ What Do I Do If I Hate It?

Passing Away 5:16 Nahoo
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Thinkin’ ’bout Somethin’ 3:45 Hanson
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Spinning the Wheel 6:24 George Michael
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro
Why 4:54 Annie Lennox

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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