We gathered this morning on my YouTube Channel to bring together our sometimes scattered body and mind. In these days of uncertainty, fear can grab us and carry us to all kinds of terrifying places.
The art above is from a call this week with a tribe of whole-food plant-based friends. On it, we chatted about strengthening our immune systems, not just with what we eat but with what we think.
One genius participant commented:
Fear [is] your mind in the future and body in the present. The body doesn’t like that …imbalance, so it releases stress chemicals trying to get back ‘in balance’ …with mind and body working together to deal with the present time or situation.
– from Eat To Live Immunity School – 3/16/20 (you can join us here!)
Every choice, every decision you ever make comes from one of two places: fear or love. Fear is when your mind is in the future. Love is when body and mind are both present.
This is the parable that I read today:
“Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle.
The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons.
The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.”
Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear. ”
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Please find the playlist is below. And you can find the video for today’s class on my YouTube Channel here.
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When we are in scary times, sometimes it’s impossible to even KNOW what might be helpful or supportive. I’d love to hear what would be most helpful to you and if you just don’t know, breathe, it’s totally fine. I’ll just keep experimenting!
TOMORROW, Thursday, March 19, 2020, 11am
Please join me on my YouTube Channel for a special class blending guided and unguided movement with the intent of breaking habitual patterns and connecting to your own unique way of moving. Since we moved to Dancing Water nearly a year ago, I’ve been teaching a class at The Studio on most every Thursday at 11am. I love that time and space more than I can say. In honor of the group who comes out to the studio in the trees by the river, we’ll share a Dharma Dance experience. Dharma Dance is a practice that I created about 10 years ago and it’s one have been wanting to return to. It begin with a few songs with choreography and form that are designed to unstick long-held habits. Then we’ll move in our own way for the second half of the experience (to some crazy-good music, y’all). I’m excited to return to this healing practice. I hope you’ll join me. Please subscribe to my Channel and ask for notifications, leave a comment and tell a friend! I’ll also leave a link on the Focus Pocus Page here. See you tomorrow at 11am!
Dancing Water Live: Fear, Love & Presence
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11am
We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) 7:30 ReUnited
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
One World, One People 4:43 Xcultures
Take Me to the River 6:00 Talking Heads
Unwritten 4:19 Natasha Bedingfield
Shine 4:12 Joshua
Warm Sound 5:31 Zero 7
100 Billions Stars 5:10 Lux