This week, the practice was all about the presence. I found myself tipping in and out of being in my body and in the moment and cascading into the future or the past. I wonder how it went for you?

As I mentioned in a couple of classes, I’m not much of a Christmas-y person but I do love the song Little Drummer Boy as it speaks to the gift of bringing our unique selves as the greatest gift of all. And I discovered a new version of the song that rocked my world. You can check out the video here.

Also helpful to me this week was Leo Babauta’s post about navigating stressful holidays (or any other stressful time). You can find that post here.

You can find our playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

acac Holiday Hours + Nia Classes
Monday, December 31
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 5:00am – 6:00pm
Susan teaching 1045-12noon at The Square
Tuesday, January 1
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Susan teaching 840-940am downtown

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now 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!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit.
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community.
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

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

Monday, Dec 24, 2018, 1045am ~ It’s All About The Presence

What Child Is This 2:59 Dan Crary
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Carol of the Bells Medley 3:25 Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Little Drummer Boy 4:16 Pentatonix
Greensleeves 4:29 Steve Erquiaga
When Comes December 4:04 Tim Story

Tuesday, Dec 25, 2018 ~ It’s All About The Presence

Happy Merry Everything…

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018, 11am ~ It’s All About The Presence

Eireann 5:10 Afro Celt Sound System
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Mission of My Soul 4:09 Peter Himmelman
Fingerbeat 5:57 Drumspyder
Little Talks 4:28 Of Monsters And Men
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree 2:51 KT Tunstall
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Little Drummer Boy (Live) 4:38 for KING & COUNTRY
The Hounds Of Winter 5:51 Sting If
Peace 6:36 Ajeet Kaur

Thursday, Dec 27, 2018, 840am ~ It’s All About The Presence

Eireann 5:10 Afro Celt Sound System
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Mission of My Soul 4:09 Peter Himmelman
Fingerbeat 5:57 Drumspyder
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree 2:51 KT Tunstall
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Little Drummer Boy (Live) 4:38 for KING & COUNTRY
The Hounds Of Winter 5:51 Sting If
Peace 6:36 Ajeet Kaur

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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In this season, it can be easy to get caught up in the things, the activities, the expectations. I know I get focused on what am I going to give, cook, do? Who will we see, what are the plans, what will I wear and do I have everything? But the truth is, this season — and this life — is about our ability to show up. It’s about our presence.

Take some time every day, especially in this week, to drop into the sensations of your body, to notice with your full attention whatever is happening. Make the choice — especially when things feel familiar and are full of memory — to really smell the spices, to taste the cookie, to hear the laughter, to see the faces, to hold the hands. Make the courageous choice to really BE with the people you are with — including yourself.

Presence is the real gift.


ONE WORD 2018 & 2019

As the year comes to its end, it’s a great time to find One Word for 2019. For the past many years, instead of making a resolution, I’ve been choosing one word to guide me through the year. I often think think think about it for a while and then when I stop and ask myself how I want to FEEL in the coming year, the word finds me.

These are the words I’ve lived with for the past several years:

2011 – OPEN

2012 – RELEASE

2013 – SPACIOUS

2014 — WORTHY

2015 — FREEDOM

2016 – heARTful

2017 – AWAKE

2018 – HEALING

Living with one word for a year is a simple way of creating a year-long focus to guide and inspire choices. Now is a great time to open your attention to the word you might like to be with for 2019. And if you had a word for 2018, now is a great time to reconnect with it.


Especially at this time of year, I need to ground and center. In classes this week, we focused on the physical center of the body, the tan tien, and how that roots us down and up. We used the beautiful and powerful Sacred routine (original choreography by Kelle Rae Oien).

You can find our playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

Before the music, though, announcements and other goodnesses:

Mary Linn’s Last Class ~ Saturday, December 22, 1230-145pm
Please join the whole acac Nia Team to celebrate the gift of Mary Linn’s Nia teaching and leadership as she teaches her last class from 1230-145pm on Saturday, December 22 at acac Albemarle Square, Studio A. And plan to stay for some refreshment and well-wishing!

Buddha Cat Book Signing at C’ville Arts ~ Saturday, December 22, 230-430pm
I’ll be signing and personalizing copies of Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed at Cville Arts on Saturday, December 22 from 230-430pm. As one of the newest members of this Cooperative gallery, I’m delighted to be part of a gallery that displays and sells craft and art from over 50 Virginia artists. Come get a hand-illustrated copy of Buddha Cat, browse the extraordinary collection at C’ville Arts and get free cat treats for any felines on your list.

acac Holiday Hours + Nia Classes
Monday, December 24
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 5:00am – 2:00pm
Susan teaching 1045-12noon at The Square
Tuesday, December 25
all acac locations are closed // Ptops & CZ: unstaffed
Wednesday, December 26
all acac locations open at 8:00am and close at 10:00pm
Susan teaching 11am-1215pm at The Square
Jeanne teaching 545-645pm downtown

Monday, December 31
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 5:00am – 6:00pm
Susan teaching 1045-12noon at The Square
Tuesday, January 1
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Susan teaching 840-940am downtown

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now 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!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit.
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community.
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

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

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018, 11am ~ Ground & Center

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Galactivation 4:41 Shakatura
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Hit the Ground 3:31 Lizz Wright
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, Dec 20, 2018, 815am ~ Ground & Center

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
The Hounds of Winter 5:27 Sting
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Hit the Ground 3:31 Lizz Wright

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!


Due to a death in the family, I was unexpectedly called away for the second time in as many weeks to go to Northern Minnesota (take a left at the big fish!). Once again, my deepest appreciation to the acac Nia Team for covering my classes until I return.

Here is what’s happening:

Buddha Cat Book Signing at C’ville Arts ~ NOTE NEW DATE ~ Saturday, December 22, 230-430pm
I’ll be signing and personalizing copies of Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed at Cville Arts on Saturday, December 22 from 230-430pm. As one of the newest members of this Cooperative gallery, I’m delighted to be part of a gallery that displays and sells craft and art from over 50 Virginia artists. Come get a hand-illustrated copy of Buddha Cat, browse the extraordinary collection at C’ville Arts and get free cat treats for any felines on your list.

Mary Linn’s Last Class ~ Saturday, December 22, 1230-145pm
Please join the whole acac Nia Team to celebrate the gift of Mary Linn’s Nia teaching and leadership as she teaches her last class from 1230-145pm on Saturday, December 22 at acac Albemarle Square, Studio A. And plan to stay for some refreshment and well-wishing!

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now 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!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit. Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 12noon-1pm for A Holiday Art & Book happening. The perfect time and place to find thoughtful, mindful gifts!
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community. On Saturday, December 8 from 2-330pm, come have a cup of tea and check out the special relaxation package they are putting together to go with the book!
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

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

NOTE: Due to unexpected travel for a family funeral, we never did get to dancing this focus. Don’t worry, we’ll come back to it.

Ponder this for a moment.

Nature and experience show us that everything is connected. Nothing exists in isolation. The body, mind, and emotions are the same: utterly and inextricably interconnected.

Not long ago, I was running late to teach class and I was all up in my head about what I was teaching and how I really needed to stop rushing around and how I wished my low back would feel better than it did. As I slid through the employee breakroom to clock in, there was a basket I’d never seen before with an Alice In Wonderland sign on it:

Inspirational Words ~ Take One.

So I did.

It said, “Your body hears everything your mind says.”

Of course. I know this and I forget. My body is always doing its best for me. Like a loyal and kind friend, it is always doing whatever it can to support me. And it believes me. It believes everything I say.

So if my mind says, “I don’t like the way you look” or “my stupid old low back” or “I hate my knees/thighs/skin” my body hears it all.

If I say out loud, “I’m not angry” when my body knows full-well that I am, what can result but confusion?

If I think, “everybody moves better than I do” or “I am the oldest/fattest/most injured person here” or “nobody is suffering the way I am” or “nobody is as crazy as I am,” my body believes the illusion of disconnection.

The practice is to pay attention to what my mind says and ask is that something I want to say to a loyal, supportive friend who unconditionally loves and believes me?

The nature of things is uncertainty. Most everything, it turns out, is a mystery. Our practice is just that: practicing relaxing into the mystery, the uncertainty, the not knowing. So when life shows up with unexpected strangeness, we have the presence to be with it without running away, numbing out or freaking.

That, it seems to me, is a practice worth doing.

You can find our playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

Before the music, though, announcements and other goodness:

Let There Be Light at PVCC ~ Friday, December 7, 6-9pm
Let There Be Light celebrates the approach of winter solstice and the longest night of the year with light-based art installations created by a selection of some of the most imaginative local and regional artists. The exhibition illuminates and transforms the darkened grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building for one night only. This is one of my favorite events of the year! Bundle out and come be amazed. For more go here.

Buddha Cat & More at Hot Yoga Charlottesville, December 8, 12-1pm
Join us a Hot Yoga Charlottesville (216 Water St W Ste 103, Charlottesville, VA 22902) from 12-1pm for a holiday Buddha Cat book and art happening. We’ll have books for signing and art for sale and snacks for snacking on Saturday, December 8. Come sweat and shop – or skip the sweating and just shop!

Buddha Cat & More at The Elderberry, December 8, 2-330pm
Come to The Elderberry (1917 Commonwealth Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901) from 2-330pm on Saturday, December 8. Come have some tea and check out not just Buddha Cat books and art but the wide selection of herbs and healing products! The herbalists are putting together a relaxation package to go along with the Buddha Cat vibe.

Buddha Cat Book Signing at C’ville Arts ~ Saturday, December 15, 2-4pm
I’ll be signing and personalizing copies of Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed at Cville Arts on Saturday, December 15 from 2-4pm. As one of the newest members of this Cooperative gallery, I’m delighted to be part of a gallery that displays and sells craft and art from over 50 Virginia artists. Come get a hand-illustrated copy of Buddha Cat, browse the extraordinary collection at C’ville Arts and get free cat treats for any felines on your list.

Mary Linn’s Last Class ~ Saturday, December 22, 1230-145pm
Please join the whole acac Nia Team to celebrate the gift of Mary Linn’s Nia teaching and leadership as she teaches her last class from 1230-145pm on Saturday, December 22 at acac Albemarle Square, Studio A. And plan to stay for some refreshment and well-wishing!

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now 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!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit. Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 12noon-1pm for A Holiday Art & Book happening. The perfect time and place to find thoughtful, mindful gifts!
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community. On Saturday, December 8 from 2-330pm, come have a cup of tea and check out the special relaxation package they are putting together to go with the book!
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

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

Monday, Dec 3, 2018, 1045am ~ Mystery Dancing

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
En Ville 4:59 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil
Taruka 5:34 Cirque du Soleil
Kalimando 6:31 Cirque du Soleil
Cristofori’s Dream 6:07 David Lanz

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018, 840am ~ Mystery Dancing

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Building A Mystery 4:08 Sarah McLachlan
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Mysterious Ways 4:04 U2
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Mysteries We Understand 4:40 Sophie B. Hawkins
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Mystery 4:05 Indigo Girls
I Don’t Know Why 4:37 Shawn Colvin

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018, 11am ~ Mystery Dancing

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Building A Mystery 4:08 Sarah McLachlan
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Mysterious Ways 4:04 U2
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Mysteries We Understand 4:40 Sophie B. Hawkins
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil
Mystery 4:05 Indigo Girls
I Don’t Know Why 4:37 Shawn Colvin

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018, 815am ~ Mystery Dancing

Égypte 4:28 Cirque du Soleil
Building A Mystery 4:08 Sarah McLachlan
Rumeurs 10:09 Cirque du Soleil
Mysterious Ways 4:04 U2
Caravena 5:14 Cirque du Soleil
Mysteries We Understand 4:40 Sophie B. Hawkins
Kunya Sobé 5:20 Cirque du Soleil
Birimbau 6:12 Cirque du Soleil
Rondo 6:07 Cirque du Soleil
Mystery 4:05 Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia
I Don’t Know Why 4:37 Shawn Colvin

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In Heart of the Matter, Don Henley wrote “the more I know, the less I understand.”

In Say Hey, Michael Franti sings “the more I see, the less I know.”

As she was healing from breast cancer, I wrote to a friend that I felt like I really became an adult when I stopped knowing what the hell is going on.

The longer I’m on the planet, the more I feel the mystery of everything. My mind has no way of grappling with the deep, dark mysteries that are all around me. All I can really do is stay present and dance with whatever unfolds.

There is no figuring out the mystery. There is only Mystery Dancing.

 

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