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In these strange days of separation and disorientation, it can be easy to focus attention only on what is going well, the silver linings OR to get sucked into the unfathomable loss, fear and suffering. I know I am finding myself vacillating between the two. Are you?

These days call us to be present to everything: the sweetness and the sadness, the abundance and the anxiety, the gratitude and the grief. But what does that really mean? How do we really open eyes and hearts and turn toward all of it? Presence seems like something that only brave remarkable people have.

Presence is what Maya Angelou had. Or Ghandi. Or Barack Obama. Or Ram Das. Not me.

But Insight Meditation teacher, Tara Brach reminds us

Presence is not some exotic state that we need to search for or manufacture. In the simplest terms, it is the felt sense of wakefulness, openness, and tenderness that arise when we are fully here and now with our experience.

Simple but not easy. Especially in the face of such overwhelming suffering. And in the full acknowledgment of the blessings, beauty and abundance that surround us. The invitation of today’s practice is to be with it all. Even if just for fleeting moments, we can practice presence to gratitude and compassion. Please find the video here.

Playlist for Nourishing Movement: Presence, Mon Apr 6 2020
Spy Funk 3:46 Quincas Moreira, YouTube Audio Library
It’s Always Too Late to Start Over 5:00 Chris Zabriskie, YouTube Audio Library
Whatdafunk 4:38 Audionautix, YouTube Audio Library
Slow Times Over Here 4:49 Midnight North, YouTube Audio Library
Rubber Ducky 3:58 Slynk, YouTube Audio Library
Love In LA 3:58 DJ Williams, YouTube Audio Library
Savannah 3:41 ELPHNT, YouTube Audio Library
Trophy Wife 3:53 Rondo Brothers, YouTube Audio Library
Rolling Heads 3:42 Unicorn Heads, YouTube Audio Library
Ella’s Interlude 3:56 DJ Williams, YouTube Audio Library
A Trip Around the Moon 5:18 Unicorn Heads, YouTube Audio Library
Asleep with the Sun 6:07 Unicorn Heads, YouTube Audio Library

The Instagram post I mentioned, “Please don’t talk to me about Silver Linings…” by coach, Jane Clapp is here.

And the poem Thanks by W.S. Merwin (with thanks to Zakira Beasley) is below

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
standing by the windows looking out
in our directions
back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you
over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you
with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

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THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES
Monday, Apr 6 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Presence on Susan’s YouTube Channel ~ find it here
Monday, Apr 6, 430-545pm ~ Full Moon Restorative Yoga class with Shandoah Goldman on Monday, April 6 at 430pm on ZOOM! Register and get all the details here.
Tuesday, Apr 7 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: Presence on Susan’s YouTube Channel
Wednesday, Apr 8 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga on Susan’s YouTube Channel
Thursday, Apr 9 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water on Susan’s YouTube Channel
Friday, Apr 10 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water on Susan’s YouTube Channel

What’s a silver lining that you are seeing or experiencing? What is a suffering that you are seeing or experiencing? I’d love to know and I always love to hear from you ~ please reach out with email or a comment below!
Until soon, my friends!
Love

 

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