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Ever have a friend ask you, “What do you need? What can I do for you?”
It is probably after a loss or an illness or something has really gone off the rails and your friend wants to help. “What do you need?”

Do you ever even know in those times? I’m usually so fragmented and confused and overwhelmed, I have no idea what I need.

What about in a time of trouble and someone just does something for you and you are washed in relief. Yes. That was just what I needed. How did you know?

Today’s Nourishing Movement is about practicing on ourselves and our bodies: what do you need? Keep asking the question, listening and responding with compassionate curiosity. Do you need to rest? Do you need to stretch? Do you need to sit in the sun? Or do some work? Sometimes you’ll get it right on – you’ll find exactly the movement or pose or words that ease whatever is hurting — and sometimes you won’t. It’s not about getting it right, it’s about practicing the asking, the listening and the responding with kindness. Find the video here.

What do you need? The more we practice with ourselves, the more intuitive and wise we can be with others.

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

Playlist for Tue Apr 21 2020 ~ Nourishing Movement: Just What I Needed
Beach Walk 6:21 Unicorn Heads YouTube Audio Library
Elephants 3:54 Huma-Huma YouTube Audio Library
Low 4:59 ELPHNT YouTube Audio Library
Lightning on a Blue Sky 3:37 Twin Musicom YouTube Audio Library
Don’t Hate Me 3:36 Jingle Punks YouTube Audio Library
Future Gladiator 3:37 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library
Beneath the Surface 7:08 South London HiFi YouTube Audio Library
Sunset Trails 3:45 DJ Williams YouTube Audio Library
As I Figure – Latinesque 3:37 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library
Chill – Disco Ultralounge 3:51 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library
Meditation Impromptu 02 4:09 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library

A blessing is an offering of what is needed. John O’Donohue’s beautiful poem comes from a compassionate, caring curiosity. What do you need when the “weight deadens on your shoulders”?

Beannacht – A Blessing
By John O’Donohue

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets into you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green
and azure blue,
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

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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 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 anonymous donors and Kristin vonThelen, Susan Perry and Kathie Anzalone! 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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THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES
Monday, Apr 20 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement: A Great Need ~ find it here
Tuesday, Apr 21 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement ~ find it here
Wednesday, Apr 22 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga
Thursday, Apr 23 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water
Friday, Apr 24 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water
Saturday, Apr 25 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice
Sunday, Apr 26 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga

LAST WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ in case you missed any!
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 ~ find it here https://youtu.be/H3an1LCF-4Y

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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