Enough ~ Feb 17 – 20, 2020 ~ Focus, Music and More

FOCUS POCUS NOTE! FocusPocus is now one complete post (art, focus, playlists and announcements) all together on Thursdays! So whether you come to the blog for the art, the information, the music or the latest happenings and offerings, you are in the right place. Every Thursday, you’ll get it all. Thank you so much for being here.

Enough. This one word is an essential part of my practice.

I am enough.
Americans pride themselves on “never enough.” I had a teacher in elementary school who drilled it into us: Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til the good is better and the better best. The cultural norm is constant improvement and relentless striving for more, faster, better. I’m all for challenging our habits and making positive choices but I prefer to do that from a place of “I am enough” right now.

While I was preparing for this post and my classes this week, it just “happened” that my dad sent me this “Note from the Universe” :

February 14, 2020
The presumption at all times and under all circumstances, should always be that you are good enough, worthy enough, and lovable enough. And that you are exactly the right kind of person, in the right place, at the right time. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been instilled with such dreams in the first place.
Love you,
The Universe

Coincidence? I think not.


There is enough.
Similarly, our culture invites us to see the world from a place of scarcity. If you have something I want, the thinking goes, then there isn’t going to be enough for me. If we see life as a zero sum game, the feeling that there isn’t enough can send us straight into fear and grasping. I know the scrambly feeling in my body when I feel like there isn’t enough time or money or energy (or whatever I’m worried about). That scrambly feeling can lead to me grabbing what I can and hording what I fear I might lose. I feel a profound shift when I take a breath and realize that those fears are illusions. You having what you need doesn’t mean that I can’t have what I need. The truth is that there is enough.


Enough is enough.
It’s happened to me several times in recent months: I’ve bumped into something in my life and got the strong message, “Enough is enough.”

It happened while standing at my kitchen sink and I knew I no longer wanted to participate in the consumption of any animal products. While I had known intellectually the agony that billions of creatures suffer so that we can eat them or their by-products, it took a while for that to penetrate to my heart. While I had the information that animal agriculture is not sustainable for the planet and is a major contributor to climate collapse, it didn’t feel like my choices matter. That morning, looking out from my kitchen window, something shifted and got crystal clear: enough is enough. No more. I will not be part of that suffering.

It happened again when I stumbled, exhausted and stressed into a restorative yoga class and felt a deep unwinding that I knew was essential for my well-being (and that I had been avoiding like the coronavirus). Wrapped around that bolster, feeling my breath deepen, I felt it clearly. Enough. Enough pushing. Enough over-doing. Enough is enough.

What is your relationship to Enough? Which of these three resonate with you? Which do you resist? Please leave a comment below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com. I love connecting with you.

And here’s the poem I shared in classes this week:

Enough by David Whyte
Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to life
we have refused
again and again
until now.
Until now.
~ David Whyte from
Where Many Rivers Meet

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

Things are happening, you guys! So before the playlists, here is all the details on what’s coming up!

Nourishing Movement Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water on Thursday mornings at 11am!
Nourishing Movement classes with Susan on Thursdays at 11am ~~ my mix of guided and unguided movement, meditation and creativity! Please go to http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop for the details. Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious movement. Second Thursdays are followed by a pot luck lunch! Nourish yourself with movement and bring something nourishing to share! There is space in upcoming classes so please go HERE to sign up!
* The Studio at Dancing Water is at 2370 Old Lynchburg Road ~ detailed directions at http://www.susanmcculley.com and via email when you sign up!

Welcome Spring with Four Thursdays of Nourishing Movement Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water in March ~ with Special Guest Teacher, Susan Tate on March 26!!
As winter wends its way to spring, join us for 4 Nourishing Movement classes in March on Thursdays, Mar 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 11am-1215pm for just $40. On Thu, Mar 26, I’m delighted that author, teacher, wellness visionary, Nia Black Belt (and one of Susan McCulley’s first Nia teachers!), Susan Tate will be guest teaching! Prepare for the growth of the season with classes with two Susans! Go here to join us!

Full Moon Restorative Yoga with Shandoah ~ Moonday, March 9, 430-6pm
Shandoah Goldman returns to The Studio at Dancing Water (2370 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville) to continue the full moon restorative practice! The full moon is a time of completion. The fullness of the cycle lends itself to a practice of non-doing. Join Shandoah for a deeply nourishing practice of restorative yoga. Using props to offer support and comfort, the body is invited to profoundly let go and unwind. Rather than efforting or stretching, this is the practice of releasing and relaxing. We’ll celebrate what is finished and soften into the next cycle. Shandoah is a gifted guide for deep release and is a Shiatsu practitioner offering hands on assists during class. All bodies welcome, no experience in yoga or anything else is needed. Email Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.
Monday (Moonday!), March 9, 430-6pm at The Studio at Dancing Water ~ $30, $25 if registered before Feb 28!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ Mar 6 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, Mar 6 from 11:25 -12:25.

New Nia Classes + Workshop with Susan Tate!
Susan Tate will be offering Nia classes at the beautiful Charlottesville Tango on Water Studio beginning with a FREE celebration class at 11 am on Sunday, March 1. Thereafter, classes will be on Sundays at 11 am. $18 drop in/or discounted class card. Charlottesville Tango on Water at 208 E Water Street. More info: http://www.susantate.org
AND To introduce people to the studio and Nia in this new space, Susan will offer her MindHEARTBody Balance: Letting Love Lead the Way Nia workshop there on Saturday, February 22 from 1 – 4 pm. Early registration is $50 / $65 day of. For more info and to register: https://mind-heart-body-balance-charlottesville-2-22-20.eventbrite.com

Resetting & Balancing the Nervous System with Mindful Practices & Herbal Nourishment: Book Signing and Workshop with Susan & Heather ~ Saturday, February 29, 2020 ~ 10am-12pm at Nourish Louisa
“Stop the glorification of busy….It is OK not to be busy. Repeat this with me: it is OK not to be busy.” ~ Joshua Becker
Mid-winter is the perfect time to look inward at the rush and tumble of our days and practice ways of reconnecting and restoring our frazzled nervous systems. Join teacher and artist Susan McCulley and Clinical Herbalist Heather Wetzel to explore a realignment of our busy, over-scheduled days at the beautiful Nourish Louisa shop (http://www.nourishlouisa.com/) at 205 W. Main Street, Louisa, VA 23093
10:00-11:00: Book signing and conversation about the counter cultural choice for presence and less busyness with Susan, author of Octabusy: How to Let Go in a Sea of Doing. Come talk with Susan, watch an art demonstration, and have a cup of something warm.
11:00 – 12:00: Susan and Heather will present a short workshop focusing on re-balancing body, mind, and spirit using mindfulness life hacks and herbal strategies for moving from the habitual responses of our nervous system’s “fright, flight, or freeze” reactions into a more balanced, flowing, and peaceful state of “rest and digest.”. Topics include:
· How to support yourself to be more centered, calm and relaxed.
· Physical and mindful practices that can bring you back to center and be done anywhere, no matter what is happening around you.
· Tastings (including recipes) of tried and true adaptogenic herbal preparations to enhance your resilience to stress
· New ideas to support and encourage graceful adaptation to change and less reactive to stress
We all need encouragement and new ideas to support us as we move through our fast-paced, stress-ridden world. Reserve your seat now as space is limited at http://www.nourishlouisa.com/! Saturday, February 29, 2020 ~ 10am-12pm ~ $15 ~ includes lunch and small drink of your choice / Limited to 12 participants.
Interview about Octabusy & Other Things on Lisa Jakub’s Embrace Your Weird podcast!
It was my honor and pleasure to have a conversation with Lisa Jakub about the seduction of busyness and ways of navigating it on her fantastic podcast, Embrace Your Weird. Please listen, share, review and spread the word! Go here to check it out!

WHERE TO FIND OCTABUSY!
Support local retailers by buying Octabusy
at New Dominion Bookshop on Charlottesville’s downtown mall (ndbookshop.com, 434-295-2552, staff@ndbookshop.com)
and at The Telegraph Art & Comics https://www.telegraphcomics.com/
and at the beautiful Nourish Louisa shop in downtown Louisa! Go here http://www.nourishlouisa.com/ for more. I’ll be sharing more soon on events at this super-cool spot!
And just this week: both Buddha Cat and Octabusy are now available at the lovely Wine & Country Shop in Ivy! Please check them out here. It’s an amazing store full of wonderful finds, not just super-cool books!
You can also order signed copies of Octabusy (including discounts on multiple copies) now on my website at susanmcculley.com/shop
and get Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon!
(And wherever you buy it, please leave a review there!)

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Feb 17, 2020, 1045am ~ Enough.

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
Never Enough 5:29 Del Amitri
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Tribal 4:09 Badmarsh & Shri
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Is Your Love Big Enough? 3:22 Lianne La Havas
Never Enough 3:04 David Wilcox
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020, 840am ~ Enough.

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
Never Enough 5:29 Del Amitri
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Tribal 4:09 Badmarsh & Shri
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Never Enough 3:04 David Wilcox
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020, 11am at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ Enough.

New Dream 6:19 Jeroen Elfferich
Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
Never Enough 5:29 Del Amitri
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Tribal 4:09 Badmarsh & Shri
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Never Enough 3:04 David Wilcox
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: