Sat, April 18, 2020 ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: How do YOU Cultivate Calm?

For 20 years, I’ve worked with people to help and encourage them to create healthy, happy habits. When people dig to the root of most desires for creating positive change, it almost always comes down to one thing: creating calm. Whether someone wants to improve their fitness or nutrition, create more financial stability or professional satisfaction, or strengthening their relationships, when we get under the layers of why they want whatever they want, it’s so they can feel calm in their bodies and their lives.

Today’s Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice offers three things for you to play with to cultivate more calm in yourself.

1. Developmental Movement
2. Music
3. Meditation

Please find the video here.
1. Developmental Movement
In the April 11 Dancing Water Daily, I offered a short video on The 5 Stages of Self-Healing which is a series of movements that humans are designed to move through as babies and children. I learned this series of movements through my training in The Nia Technique and use them often when I’m physically injured or upset in any way.

Another series of developmental movement, Brain Dance, was developed by Anne Green Gilbert. This series of 8 movements are another way of calming the nervous system and energizing the body. This short document gives more details on the execution and benefits of each stage.

The 8 Brain Dance Movements are:
• Breathing
• Tactile
• Core Distal
• Head Tail
• Upper Lower
• Body Side
• Cross Lateral
• Vestibular

I was introduced to Brain Dance by Emily Wright who is a gifted teacher, mover and connector. I whole-heartedly recommend her work including her leadership around the National Water Dance which is happening today!

2. Music

Since I was an anxious teenager, music has been one of ways I calm myself. Now, as an anxious adult, I use music not just professionally to support movement experiences but personally. One of my current favorite pieces for calm is On the Nature of Daylight by the Max Richter Orchestra & Lorenz Dangel. Pachelbel’s Canon was one of my go-to pieces when I was young, and now Ilove David Lanz’s ​Variations On A Theme From Pachelbel’s Canon In D Major.

What music soothes and calms you? Please share it in the comments so we can all benefit!

3. Meditation

I resisted meditation for most of my life but now I practice most every day. One of my favorite resources is the FREE app Insight Timer. It has tens of thousands of meditations on all topics and especially when I’m stressed or upset, I use them all. the. time. This week, the two that have helped me the most are Elizabeth Gilbert’s on Facing Fear with Compassion and Natural Calm by Michael Daly. I hope you’ll explore it for yourself.

How can you cultivate calm for yourself and everyone around you?

Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

Brain Dance Music
Pachabelly 3:31 Huma-Huma, YouTube Audio Library

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Help me sustain your Dancing Water Daily practices! No matter how far apart we are physically, we are all connected. The path that we all move along together is held by an Invisible Net of Love that is always there even if we can’t see it. The Dancing Water Daily practices is my thread in that net. Please support my work by offering a donation so I can keep creating these practices for you. With your generous support, I can continue to invest in making these classes available to anyone who can benefit. Please click here https://paypal.me/SusanMcCulley?locale.x=en_US to be part of the Dancing Water Daily Net of Love. And please “Send to a Friend” to avoid PayPal fees! Suggested donation: $5 a class or $15 a week ~ and truly, any amount helps enormously.

Shout outs to this week’s generous donors: Denise Stewart, Colleen Martin, Gwen Baber, Lori Raphael, Deb Prum, and Odell Covington! A thousand thanks, friends! Together we can extend this Net of Love.

AND if, like me, your finances are akimbo, I get it. Another way to help is to share these video practices. Send a link to a friend! Post it on social media! Help spread the word about nourishing movement and moving together apart.
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THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES
Monday, Apr 13 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Calm is Contagious ~ find it here
Tuesday, Apr 14 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Calm is Contagious ~ find it here
Wednesday, Apr 15 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga ~ find it here
Thursday, Apr 16 ~ Dharma Dance Swirl from Dancing Water ~ find it here https://youtu.be/9-RTLZC2Sis
Friday, Apr 17 ~ All Out, All You Dance (aka Catch the Calm!) Party from Dancing Water ~ find it here https://youtu.be/s5LUOeuD8Z0
Saturday, Apr 18 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice ~ find it here
Sunday, Apr 19 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga

I always love to hear from you ~ please reach out with email or a comment and let me know how you’re doing and how I can help more!
Until soon, my friends!
Love

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