Fri, May 8, 2020 ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ All Out All You Dance Party: Overwhelm…Be A Big Boat

My dad is a master canoeist. When I was a kid, I loved to watch him paddle our red canoe alone, body weight shifted to one side, strong long paddle strokes skimming the gunnel along the water’s edge.

When I was learning how to paddle solo, my choppy uneven strokes often tipped the gunnel too far, soaking me from hip to heel. Sometimes, I’d get so discombobulated that I’d swamp it and fill the canoe with so much water that it wouldn’t move.

It wasn’t just canoeing. I was easily flustered and quick-to-worry then (and now, given certain circumstances). My dad would remind me that little boats would tip and wobble in even the smallest waves but that big boats didn’t even notice the small waves and took the big waves in easy adjustments.

He’d look at me with his master canoeist eyes and say, “Be a big boat.”

Today’s Dancing Water Daily is an All Out All You Dance Party focused on the sensation of being a big boat…even when we feel overwhelmed. This practice offers a variety of music and movement forms to move in your body in your way. See what it feels like to be a big boat in your own body. Find the video here.

You can use the same format with your own music, too! Pick out eleven pieces of music and explore:
• sway
• balance
• flow
• spirals
• clear/sharp
• in/out
• shake
• up/down
• all of the above (or none!)
• movement on the floor
• stillness

How does it feel to act as if you’re a big boat (even if you feel like a tippy canoe)?

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

Playlist for Fri, May 8, 2020 ~ Dancing Water Daily ~ All Out All You Dance Party: Overwhelm…Be A Big Boat
Song For Michael 6:00 Magic In The Other YouTube Audio Library
Wandering 3:37 Gunnar Olsen YouTube Audio Library
Green Leaves 3:41 Audionautix YouTube Audio Library
Green Leaves by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Artist:
Rubber Ducky 3:58 Slynk YouTube Audio Library
Poppy Seeds 3:39 TrackTribe YouTube Audio Library
Back and Forth 3:34 Silent Partner YouTube Audio Library
Trophy Wife 3:53 Rondo Brothers YouTube Audio Library
Heart Beats 3:59 Silent Partner YouTube Audio Library
Sunny Looks Good on You 3:41 Midnight North YouTube Audio Library
Hanging Out 4:52 Bruno E. YouTube Audio Library
There’s Probably No Time 5:12 Chris Zabriskie YouTube Audio Library
There’s Probably No Time by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source:

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Help me to continue to create 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 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.

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This week, get a gift of gratitude: when you make a Dancing Water Daily donation of $10 or more, I will send you (or whoever you like) one of my books, Buddha Cat: Learning Presence, Awareness & Self Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed or Octabusy: How To Let Go in a Sea of Doing. I can’t wait to put one in the mail for you!


Shout outs to this week’s generous donors Susan Snyder, Kathie Anzalone and Lynn Pribus! A thousand thanks, friends! Together we can extend this Net of Love to reach everyone who needs it.

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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Monday, May 4 ~ Nourishing Movement: Overwhelm Pause & Keep Going ~ find it here
Tuesday, May 5 ~ Nourishing Movement: Simply Navigating Overwhelm ~ find it here
Wednesday, May 6 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga: Space to Navigate Overwhelm ~ find it here
Thursday, May 7 ~ Dharma Dance: Overwhelm is a Habit ~ find it here
Friday, May 8 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party: Overwhelm…Be a Big Boat ~ find it here
Saturday, May 9 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice: Overwhelm Inquiry
Sunday, May 10 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga

I love to hear from you and have been loving all the comments and emails I’ve been getting from you! Please keep them coming: 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!

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