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Happy spring, everybody! This week we used the practice to wake up and the awakening to practice more. We played with consciously using our eyes as well as some new music and movement to wake up the body and break some habits (which sometimes went more smoothly than others).

Below 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!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

Nia Jam on Friday, March 29, 5:45-7pm, Studio A, acac Downtown
Join teachers Jeanne, Loring, and Rachel for a Nia* Jam! as they focus on the energy of Spring, a time to Grow and Blossom, with the intent of tapping into empowerment and beauty. This special event will pre-empt Jeanne’s regular Friday night class. As always, for a Nia Jam, you can bring a friend to ACAC for free.
*Nia is barefoot cardio dance set to fabulous music that feeds your body, focuses your mind, stirs your emotions, and uplifts your spirit.

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ April 5 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, April 5 from 11:25 -12:25.

Honoring the Effect of Trauma in our Lives with Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard April 27
Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard lead a workshop on releasing the grip of trauma using structures work, personal stories, and group work. Structures enable a person to go back safely to a traumatic memory with crucial support that was missing then and offers fresh options — an alternative memory – a different outcome in which basic human needs are met and longing for love and protection are fulfilled. This reconstructs inner implicit memory maps in the brain and helps people become viscerally acquainted with feelings that were lacking early in their lives. Pre-course online class Saturday, April 20, 3-5pm, In Person One-Day Class Saturday, April 27, 10-6p, Post-course online class, Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. Cost $150. Limited to 12 participants. To register and for more information, contact Wendy Hubbard at whubbard0@gmail.com.

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

Monday, Mar 18, 2019, 1045am ~ Wake Up + Practice

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro
A Gusta 5:39 Safri Duo
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Bayami (Extended Dance Remix) 6:11 Ganga Giri
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
Wake Up 3:28 The Makepeace Brothers
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Sleep 4:24 Euphoria

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2018, 840am ~ Wake Up + Practice

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro An Enchanted Evening
A Gusta 5:39 Safri Duo
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Bayami (Extended Dance Remix) 6:11 Ganga Giri
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Sleep 4:24 Euphoria

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2018, 11am ~ Wake Up + Practice

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro
A Gusta 5:39 Safri Duo
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Bayami (Extended Dance Remix) 6:11 Ganga Giri
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
Wake Up Everybody 3:35 John Legend & The Roots
Spring Clean 4:48 The Happening
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

Thursday, Mar 21, 2018, 840am ~ Wake Up + Practice

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Wake Up Everybody 3:35 John Legend & The Roots
A Gusta 5:39 Safri Duo
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Bayami (Extended Dance Remix) 6:11 Ganga Giri
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
Wake Up 3:28 The Makepeace Brothers
Spring Clean 4:48 The Happening
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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How many times do I say (or think), “I’ve got to figure this out.” This week we danced the possibilities of resting the “thinking mind” — the one that over-manages and over-plans and instead living from our “working mind” – the one that gracefully resides and chooses in the present moment. As Sarah Susanka reminds us:

“When you are trying to figure out the right thing to do, you are in thinking mind. You have set up a duality between what is right atnd what is wrong, with the implication that if you don’t pick the correct option, you’ll be screwing up. But in reality, you can’t screw up. Whatever you pick will produce a set of life experiences that will continue to reveal you to you, whether the content of what happens is pleasant to go through or miserable. All of it contains food for your growth. The part of you that’ trying to determine what’s correct is lost in appearances, whereas the nutrients for self-understanding lie in that vast ocean of peace beneath the surface.” ~ The Not So Big Life p. 195

In addition to Susanka’s book, inspiration for this week’s focus came from two talks by Tara Brach, meditation teacher and author. Those talks are Impermanence: Awakening Through Insecurity, Part 1 & Part 2, they are wonderful and I hope you’ll listen to them both.

Below 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!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some upcoming awesome things!

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library on March 16
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there and you can find out more here. I do hope you’ll join us!

Nia Jam on Friday, March 29, 5:45-7pm
The acac Nia team will offer a Nia Jam on Friday, March 29 from 545-7pm! More details soon!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ April 5 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, April 5 from 11:25 -12:25.

Honoring the Effect of Trauma in our Lives with Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard April 27
Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard lead a workshop on releasing the grip of trauma using structures work, personal stories, and group work. Structures enable a person to go back safely to a traumatic memory with crucial support that was missing then and offers fresh options — an alternative memory – a different outcome in which basic human needs are met and longing for love and protection are fulfilled. This reconstructs inner implicit memory maps in the brain and helps people become viscerally acquainted with feelings that were lacking early in their lives. Pre-course online class Saturday, April 20, 3-5pm, In Person One-Day Class Saturday, April 27, 10-6p, Post-course online class, Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. Cost $150. Limited to 12 participants. To register and for more information, contact Wendy Hubbard at whubbard0@gmail.com.

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

Monday, Mar 11, 2019, 1045am ~ Feel (Rather Than Figure) It Out

Delirium [Dub Mix] 6:15 Euphoria
Back to the Earth 5:27 Rusted Root
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Serpentine Fire 3:50 Earth, Wind & Fire
Mothership 3:14 Kid Beyond
It’s Alright 3:28 Dar Williams
Crazy Knowledge (Soul Of Man Remix) 6:29 Dreadzone
Feel On Baby 5:07 The Rolling Stones
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! 3:58 Justin Timberlake
Domination 7:26 Peace Orchestra
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Far Away The End 2:19 Jeroen Elfferich

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2018, 840am ~ Feel (Rather Than Figure) It Out

Delirium [Dub Mix] 6:15 Euphoria
Serpentine Fire 3:50 Earth, Wind & Fire
Mothership 3:14 Kid Beyond
It’s Alright 3:28 Dar Williams
Crazy Knowledge (Soul Of Man Remix) 6:29 Dreadzone
Dance Little Sister 3:55 Terence Trent D’Arby
Domination 7:26 Peace Orchestra
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Far Away The End 2:19 Jeroen Elfferich

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2018, 11am ~ Feel (Rather Than Figure) It Out

How Does It Feel 4:57 Afterlife
Back to the Earth 5:27 Rusted Root
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Mothership 3:14 Kid Beyond
Crazy Knowledge (Soul Of Man Remix) 6:29 Dreadzone
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ 4:48 Scissor Sisters
Feel It All – Band Jam 3:50 KT Tunstall
Domination 7:26 Peace Orchestra
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
The Essence One 3:24 Jeroen Elfferich

Thursday, Mar 14, 2018, 840am ~ Feel (Rather Than Figure) It Out

How Does It Feel 4:57 Afterlife
Back to the Earth 5:27 Rusted Root
Sweeter Love 8:09 Blue Six
Mothership 3:14 Kid Beyond
Crazy Knowledge (Soul Of Man Remix) 6:29 Dreadzone
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ 4:48 Scissor Sisters
Feel It All – Band Jam 3:50 KT Tunstall
Domination 7:26 Peace Orchestra
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
The Essence Five 2:21 Jeroen Elfferich

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!


This week’s focus – No Time To Rush – was inspired by two talks by Tara Brach, meditation teacher and author. Those talks are Impermanence: Awakening Through Insecurity, Part 1 & Part 2, they are powerful good and I hope you’ll listen to them both.

One of the stories she refers to is this:

Before saying a word, he [Ajahn Chah*] motioned to a glass at his side. “Do you see this glass?” he asked us. “I love this glass. It holds the water admirably. When the sun shines on it, it reflects the light beautifully. When I tap it, it has a lovely ring. Yet for me, this glass is already broken. When the wind knocks it over or my elbow knocks it off the shelf and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’ But when I understand that this glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious.”
*Ajahn Chah, 20th Century Thai Buddhist Monk

Imagine walking through the world with the understanding that everything is already broken and how that understanding would invite you to deeply appreciate and savor your life.

Below 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!

In this week’s playlists, a tip of the hat to Leslie Luxenberg who sent me On The Way Home by Buffalo Springfield (I’m a fan, but I’d never heard this one before) that was spot on our focus:

Though we rush ahead
to save our time
We are only what we feel
And I love you,
can you feel it now.

Thank you, Leslie!

Friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library on March 16
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there. More information and details to come!

Nia Jam on Friday, March 29, 5:45-7pm
The acac Nia team will offer a Nia Jam on Friday, March 29 from 545-7pm! More details soon!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ April 5 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, April 5 from 11:25 -12:25.

Honoring the Effect of Trauma in our Lives with Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard April 27
Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard lead a workshop on releasing the grip of trauma using structures work, personal stories, and group work. Structures enable a person to go back safely to a traumatic memory with crucial support that was missing then and offers fresh options — an alternative memory – a different outcome in which basic human needs are met and longing for love and protection are fulfilled. This reconstructs inner implicit memory maps in the brain and helps people become viscerally acquainted with feelings that were lacking early in their lives. Pre-course online class Saturday, April 20, 3-5pm, In Person One-Day Class Saturday, April 27, 10-6p, Post-course online class, Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. Cost $150. Limited to 12 participants. To register and for more information, contact Wendy Hubbard at whubbard0@gmail.com.

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

Monday, Mar 4, 2019, 1045am ~ No Time To Rush

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Fingerbeat 5:57 Drumspyder
Illusion (Rollercone Remix) 4:35 Limbo Experience
Further in Time 6:32 Afro Celt Sound System
Go2006 Mix 4:23 Moby
La Da Da 3:32 The Makepeace Brothers
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Desert Dancer [Zeb’s Slow Camel Ride Remix] 6:05 Nickodemus
Forget About The Future 5:13 Sting
Slow Dawn 5:19 David Darling

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2018, 840am ~ No Time To Rush

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Fingerbeat 5:57 Drumspyder
Illusion (Rollercone Remix) 4:35 Limbo Experience
Further in Time 6:32 Afro Celt Sound System
Go2006 Mix 4:23 Moby
La Da Da 3:32 The Makepeace Brothers
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Forget About The Future 5:13 Sting
Slow Dawn 5:19 David Darling

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2018, 11am ~ No Time To Rush

One Good Dub 8:16 Kaya Project
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Fingerbeat 5:57 Drumspyder
On the Way Home  2:56 Neil Young & Bluenote Café
Illusion (Rollercone Remix) 4:35 Limbo Experience
Go2006 Mix 4:23 Moby
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
La Da Da 3:32 The Makepeace Brothers
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Dobro 4:55 Kaya Project
Slow Like Honey  5:59 Fiona Apple

Thursday, Mar 7, 2018, 840am ~ No Time To Rush

One Good Dub 8:16 Kaya Project
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Fingerbeat 5:57 Drumspyder
On the Way Home  2:56 Neil Young & Bluenote Café
Illusion (Rollercone Remix) 4:35 Limbo Experience
Go2006 Mix 4:23 Moby
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
La Da Da 3:32 The Makepeace Brothers
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Dobro 4:55 Kaya Project
Slow Dawn 5:19 David Darling

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!


This week, we started at the end. We focused on the dedication of merit we say at the end of every class.

May the merit of this practice serve to nourish the seeds and roots of happiness.
May the merit of this practice serve to dissolve the seeds and roots of suffering.

By literally moving the heart in space, we connect with the push/pull of grasping and aversion which, not coincidentally, are the roots and seeds of suffering.

Below 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!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ March 1 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, March 1 from 11:25 -12:25.

DANCE I.N! Shake it for a Cause on March 2, 6-11pm
Turn up the heat and dance at Fry’s Spring Beach Club to support International Neighbors!
Suggested Donation $5 a person or $15 per family!
Proceeds will help I.N. kids attend FSBC Summer Camp
Music by DJ Ty Chambers!
Little Manila food truck will be outside for delicious food!
Snacks and drinks for kids and adults will be for sale!
Or bring your own dinner!
RSVP and find out more here.

C’ville Arts Features –“Spectra” – by Diana Branscome
Diana Branscome, a gifted talent of C’ville Arts, explores the inspiring and magical aspects of glass. She will be at the gallery during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday celebration on March 1st, from 6 – 8 pm to share her glowing new collection. For more on the event and on Ms. Branscome’s work please go here.

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library 10am – 1pm on March 16
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there. More information and details are all here!

Nia Jam on Friday, March 29, 5:45-7pm
The acac Nia team will offer a Nia Jam on Friday, March 29 from 545-7pm! More details soon!

Honoring the Effect of Trauma in our Lives with Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard April 27
Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard lead a workshop on releasing the grip of trauma using structures work, personal stories, and group work. Structures enable a person to go back safely to a traumatic memory with crucial support that was missing then and offers fresh options — an alternative memory – a different outcome in which basic human needs are met and longing for love and protection are fulfilled. This reconstructs inner implicit memory maps in the brain and helps people become viscerally acquainted with feelings that were lacking early in their lives. Pre-course online class Saturday, April 20, 3-5pm, In Person One-Day Class Saturday, April 27, 10-6p, Post-course online class, Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. Cost $150. Limited to 12 participants. To register and for more information, contact Wendy Hubbard at whubbard0@gmail.com.

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

Monday, Feb 25, 2019, 1045am ~ Dedicating Merit

Connecting Hearts 5:27 Dechen Shak-Dagsay – Regula Curti – Tina Turner
Don’t Ever let Nobody Drag your Spirit Down 3:54 Beleza Brasil
Golden Heart 5:01 Mark Knopfler
Love and Hope 4:24 Ozomatli
Seed 6:25 Afro Celt Sound System
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Bodhisattva 5:20 Steely Dan
Back To Me 3:31 Kathleen Edwards
Fortress Around Your Heart 4:40 Sting
No Roots 3:56 Alice Merton
Govinda (Praising Union) 5:11 Suzanne Sterling
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2018, 840am ~ Dedicating Merit

Connecting Hearts 5:27 Dechen Shak-Dagsay – Regula Curti – Tina Turner
Don’t Ever let Nobody Drag your Spirit Down 3:54 Beleza Brasil
Golden Heart 5:01 Mark Knopfler
Seed 6:25 Afro Celt Sound System
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Bodhisattva 5:20 Steely Dan
Back To Me 3:31 Kathleen Edwards
Fortress Around Your Heart 4:40 Sting
No Roots 3:56 Alice Merton
Govinda (Praising Union) 5:11 Suzanne Sterling
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2018, 11am ~ Dedicating Merit

Connecting Hearts 5:27 Dechen Shak-Dagsay – Regula Curti – Tina Turner
Don’t Ever let Nobody Drag your Spirit Down 3:54 Beleza Brasil
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Golden Heart 5:01 Mark Knopfler
Seed 6:25 Afro Celt Sound System
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Sambatucada (Nari & Gaudino Sambadrhome Radio Edit) 3:35 Gaudino Da Costa
Back To Me 3:31 Kathleen Edwards
Fortress Around Your Heart 4:40 Sting
No Roots 3:56 Alice Merton
Govinda (Praising Union) 5:11 Suzanne Sterling
Gratitude 6:27 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Thursday, Feb 28, 2018, 840am ~ Dedicating Merit

Connecting Hearts 5:27 Dechen Shak-Dagsay – Regula Curti – Tina Turner
Something To Believe In 4:44 Parachute
Golden Heart 5:01 Mark Knopfler
Seed 6:25 Afro Celt Sound System
Love and Hope 4:24 Ozomatli
Sambatucada (Nari & Gaudino Sambadrhome Radio Edit) 3:35 Gaudino Da Costa
Back To Me 3:31 Kathleen Edwards
Fortress Around Your Heart 4:40 Sting
No Roots 3:56 Alice Merton
Govinda (Praising Union) 5:11 Suzanne Sterling
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

Rules and Instructions. What is your relationship to them? Is it any different to move them? Do you love them or not? What if you shifted your idea of rules and instructions and see how they feel in your bones?

Below are our playlists for the week and the Mary Oliver poems I shared at the end of classes (including the class that wasn’t on Wednesday due to slush and ice and whatnot). 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!

And deepest gratitude to Mary Oliver for living a life of paying attention, being astonished and telling about it. I discovered and revisited so many beautiful poems this week. You can find one of them here and if you haven’t heard it, listen to Mary Oliver herself reading Wild Geese. May we all follow her instructions for living a life.

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ March 1 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, March 1 from 11:25 -12:25.

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
I’m so grateful for the local stores who are carrying my book and art. New Dominion has both books and prints/cards! Over the Moon has books and cards. Cville Arts has books and art and this month, I’m featured in the front window! Please go check it out! And please go to my web site to find a complete listing of where to find Buddha Cat and more!

Buddha Cat on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library on Saturday, March 16
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there so please make plans to join us!

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

Monday, Feb 18, 2019, 1045am ~ Mary Oliver: Rules

Sea Dreamer (feat. Sting) 5:40 Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Instructions for Survival (521.1hz) 6:39 Listening to Smile
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Sweet Freedom 5:14 Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Sandstorm 7:26 Darude
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Do You Sleep? 3:54 Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Good to Be Alive Today 4:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver
Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars
of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,
the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders
of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is
nameless now.
Every year
everything
I have ever learned
in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side
is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2018, 840am ~ Mary Oliver: Rules

Sea Dreamer (feat. Sting) 5:40 Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Instructions for Survival (521.1hz) 6:39 Listening to Smile
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Sandstorm 7:26 Darude
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Do You Sleep? 3:54 Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Good to Be Alive Today 4:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

Everything That Was Broken by Mary Oliver
Everything that was broken has
forgotten its brokenness. I live
now in a sky-house, through every
window the sun. Also your presence.
Our touching, our stories. Earthy
and holy both. How can this be, but
it is. Every day has something in
it whose name is Forever.

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2018, 11am ~ Mary Oliver: Instructions – CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE – HOME DANCING RECOMMENDED

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Instructions for Survival (521.1hz) 6:39 Listening to Smile
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Sweet Freedom 5:14 Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Spanish Grease [Dorfmeister Con Madrid de Los Austrias Muga Reserv] 7:26 Willie Bobo
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Shine (feat. Freddy Verano & Linying) [Matoma Remix] 5:08 Felix Jaehn
Broken Rules 4:00 Evenus
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

White-Eyes by Mary Oliver
In winter
all the singing is in
the tops of the trees
where the wind-bird

with its white eyes
shoves and pushes
among the branches.
Like any of us

he wants to go to sleep,
but he’s restless—
he has an idea,
and slowly it unfolds

from under his beating wings
as long as he stays awake.
But his big, round music, after all,
is too breathy to last.

So, it’s over.
In the pine-crown
he makes his nest,
he’s done all he can.

I don’t know the name of this bird,
I only imagine his glittering beak
tucked in a white wing
while the clouds—

which he has summoned
from the north—
which he has taught
to be mild, and silent—

thicken, and begin to fall
into the world below
like stars, or the feathers
of some unimaginable bird

that loves us,
that is asleep now, and silent—
that has turned itself
into snow.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2018, 840am ~ Mary Oliver: Instructions

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Instructions for Survival (521.1hz) 6:39 Listening to Smile
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Sweet Freedom 5:14 Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Broken Rules 4:00 Evenus
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

My Work is Loving the World by Mary Oliver
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – 
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.

Mindful by Mary Oliver
Everyday
I see or hear
something
that more or less
kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,
to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over
in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help
but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light
of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

Our focus this week was on distinguishing between tension and tone, unconscious and conscious, habit and choice. As the Joseph Campbell model of the self indicates, we can use our practice to bring more of our experience “above the line” into awareness.

Since it was Valentine’s Day, we also danced the One Billion Rising 2019 playlist on both Tuesday night and Thursday morning. Bringing social patterns and “habits” into awareness, we rise and stand and dance for change, It is another way we can bring more of the world “above the line.”

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

Celebration of Mary Oliver ~ Focus Next Week
On January 17, 2019, Mary Oliver died. She was one of my favorite poets and her words have had a powerful impact on me and my work. Next week, we will use as our focus two particularly powerful poems. One of the gifts of her death is that I’ve been introduced to poems I either had forgotten or didn’t know. If you have a favorite Mary Oliver poem, please share it either in the comments below or send it to me via email at sjmnia@gmail.com. I may work them into class somehow or … something. Looking forward to celebrating her deeply insightful view of the world.

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
I’m so grateful for the local stores who are carrying my book and art. New Dominion has both books and prints/cards! Over the Moon has books and cards. Cville Arts has books and art and this month, I’ll be featured in the front window! Please go check it out! And please go to my web site to find a complete listing of where to find Buddha Cat and more!

Buddha Cat on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there. More information and details to come!

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

Monday, Feb 11, 2019, 1045am ~ Tension vs. Tone

The Day After Everything Changed 4:30 Ellis Paul
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Let It Whip 4:43 Dazz Band
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Hymn to the Fallen 4:43 Voces8

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2018, 840am ~ Tension vs. Tone

Something 3:04 George Harrison
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Let It Whip 4:43 Dazz Band
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
The Essence One 3:24 Jeroen Elfferich

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2018, 545pm ~ One Billion Rising: Bring it Above the Line

Walking Prayers 3:55 Gina Loring
RISE UP 3:23 Sussan Deyhim
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Put a Woman in Charge (feat. Rosanne Cash) 4:05 Keb’ Mo’
Break The Chain 4:32 Tena Clark One Billion Rising
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane One Billion Rising
Nasty Woman 4:06 Ara Lee
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
I Know 3:49 Dionne Farris
Phenomenal Woman 4:24 Ruthie Foster
Light of a Clear Blue Morning 4:15 The Wailin’ Jennys

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2018, 11am ~ Tension vs. Tone

Something 3:04 George Harrison
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Nasty Woman 4:06 Ara Lee
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
Break The Chain 4:32 Tena Clark One Billion Rising
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Let It Go  2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Thursday, Feb 14, 2018, 840am ~ One Billion Rising: Bring it Above the Line

Walking Prayers 3:55 Gina Loring
RISE UP 3:23 Sussan Deyhim
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Put a Woman in Charge (feat. Rosanne Cash) 4:05 Keb’ Mo’
Break The Chain 4:32 Tena Clark One Billion Rising
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane One Billion Rising
Nasty Woman 4:06 Ara Lee
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
I Know 3:49 Dionne Farris
Phenomenal Woman 4:24 Ruthie Foster
Light of a Clear Blue Morning 4:15 The Wailin’ Jennys

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!


Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian (Murri) visual artist and activist says, “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
This week we explored and danced and lived the power of connection – between body parts and people – and the paradox that the deeper I’m connected, the freer I am.

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
I’m so grateful for the local stores who are carrying my book and art. New Dominion has both books and prints/cards! Over the Moon has books and cards. Cville Arts has books and art and this month, my work is featured in the front window!

Please go check it out! And please go to my web site to find a complete listing of where to find Buddha Cat and more!

Buddha Cat on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there. More information and details to come!

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

Monday, Feb 4, 2019, 1045am ~ (I)llness vs. (We)llness

Aquarius 4:48 Hair, the Musical
What I Got 3:21 Gift Of Gab, Michael Franti & Spearhead
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
If You Love Somebody Set Them 4:16 Sting
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Legend In My Living Room 3:46 Annie Lennox
Give Love (Infinite Love Mix) 5:29 MC Yogi
Free 7:01 Funky Green Dogs
Body Language / Interpretation 5:00 Booka Shade
Wherever You Are 3:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
All We Are 3:37 Matt Nathanson
Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Light 4:29 The Album Leaf

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2018 ~ (I)llness vs. (We)llness

Aquarius 4:48 Hair, the Musical
What I Got 3:21 Gift Of Gab, Michael Franti & Spearhead
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
If You Love Somebody Set Them 4:16 Sting
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Legend In My Living Room 3:46 Annie Lennox
Give Love (Infinite Love Mix) 5:29 MC Yogi
Wherever You Are 3:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Free 7:01 Funky Green Dogs
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Light 4:29 The Album Leaf

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2018, 11am ~ (I)llness vs. (We)llness

Aquarius 4:48 Hair, the Musical
What I Got 3:21 Gift Of Gab, Michael Franti & Spearhead
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
If You Love Somebody Set Them 4:16 Sting
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Legend In My Living Room 3:46 Annie Lennox
Freedom 4:29 Nicole C. Mullen
Free Souls Part 3 (DUBLEX INC. Remix) 5:43 Nickodemus & Osiris
Body Language / Interpretation 5:00 Booka Shade
Wherever You Are 3:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
I’m You: You Are Me and We Are You (Pt. Me and You) 6:33 Maxwell
Let’s Stay Together 3:17 Al Green
The Light 4:29 The Album Leaf

Thursday, Feb 7, 2018, 840am ~ (I)llness vs. (We)llness

Aquarius 4:48 Hair, the Musical
What I Got 3:21 Gift Of Gab, Michael Franti & Spearhead
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Legend In My Living Room 3:46 Annie Lennox
Freedom 4:29 Nicole C. Mullen
Free Souls Part 3 (DUBLEX INC. Remix) 5:43 Nickodemus & Osiris
Body Language / Interpretation 5:00 Booka Shade
Wherever You Are 3:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
I’m You: You Are Me and We Are You (Pt. Me and You) 6:33 Maxwell
Let’s Stay Together 3:17 Al Green
The Light 4:29 The Album Leaf

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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