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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.

An intention is different than a resolution. A resolution is a goal, something you want to be different. An intention is a feeling, a process, an approach. I can apply an intention to anything: my work, my relationships, my health, my social action…and perhaps my goal.

This week, we integrated body and mind by practicing with a one word intention. What is something you want to feel more of during class, during today or even all year? Holding that intention in your awareness allows the possibility of your word infusing everything you do.

For the past many years, I’ve used a One Word to nudge and rudder me through my days and I’ve been amazed at the power of this simple practice. My word for 2020 is CALM and during class this week, I realized that I can be angry and calm at the same time. I can be engaged, moving quickly, happy, laughing…and also calm. That’s something I’d love to feel more of this year.

What about you? What is your word for today, this week or this year? Please share your One Word in the comments to inspire us all!

This piece of art is created from more than 90 One Word intentions set by folks in our community. There is space in it for your word and is designed to be used as a reminder and an inspiration. Please feel free to print it out, write in your word and put it where you will see it regularly. And feel free to share it with anyone who you think would enjoy it! Again, it’s a gift to everybody to share your word in the comments below!

(PS In a lot of ways, setting an intention is a gift to yourself. An intention is a way of setting your course toward more of what you want to feel and be. I love this article about ways to be kind to yourself that my thoughtful Dad sent along. Check it out and let me know what else you might like to give yourself this year. )

Here 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!

There are THINGS 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!

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!)

Full Moon Restorative Yoga with Shandoah ~ Moonday, January 13, 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.
Monday (Moonday!), January 13, 430-6pm at The Studio at Dancing Water, $30 or $25 if registered before January 1. (Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Full Moon class will be on February 10!)

Scholarships Available for all Experiences at The Studio at Dancing Water
We have delicious experiences coming up at The Studio AND we have scholarships available for them. If finances are stopping you from joining us, please reach out and let me know (PM me or connect at sjmnia@gmail.com).

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ Feb 7 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, Feb 7 from 11:25 -12:25.

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

Monday, Jan 6, 2019, 1045am ~ One Word 2020

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
Baila Morena 4:10 Zucchero & Maná
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
The Word 2:43 The Beatles
New Beginning 5:32 Tracy Chapman
I May Know The Word 8:09 Natalie Merchant

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2019, 840am ~ One Word 2020?

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Baila Morena 4:10 Zucchero & Maná
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
The Word 2:43 The Beatles
New Beginning 5:32 Tracy Chapman
I May Know The Word 8:09 Natalie Merchant

Thursday, Jan 9, 2020, 11am at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ One Word 2020

Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande 4:36 Yo-Yo Ma
Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Baila Morena 4:10 Zucchero & Maná
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
The Word 2:43 The Beatles
New Beginning 5:32 Tracy Chapman
I May Know The Word 8:09 Natalie Merchant

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