I’m stunned by how often I forget that I have (or even lean away from!) support exactly when I need it the most. At all times no matter what is happening we always have support.
Support from the Earth.
Support from inside ourselves (physically and otherwise).
Support from outside ourselves: people, teachers, allies, animals, the natural world.
Support from the big mystery that holds us all.
May you lean into your support…and offer some, too!

You can find this week’s Support 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!
But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Labor Day Nia (and beyond) at acac
For the upcoming holiday weekend, we’ve got a bunch of subbing plus some other changes for the Nia schedule:
*Fri 8/31 830am Downtown A Mary Linn subs (last Nia 5 Stages class – Nia class at 9 continues on the fall schedule but not 5 Stages)
*Fri 8/31 1125am Albemarle Square B Rachel subs
*Sun 9/2 1245pm Albemarle Square cancelled
*Mon 9/3 1045am Albemarle Square A with Susan (no time change for holiday Monday)
*Fri 9/7 9am Downtown A Mary Linn teaches this class for the fall schedule
*Fri 9/7 545pm Downtown Jeanne teaches this class for the fall schedule
*Sun 9/9 315pm Downtown cancelled for early club closure

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed … Are HERE!
I’m excited to be orders on my web site NOW! (And thank you to the dozens of you who have already placed orders! Wow!) If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books between now and September 9. If you’d rather not order online, just email me at sjmnia@gmail.com and we can make other arrangements!

Cville Dance Co-Op: Sweet September with Susan on Sun, Sep 2, 1015am-1215pm
September is perhaps my favorite month in Virginia. Sun and air and space to breathe. I’ll be offering favorite music both new and old and holding the space for the Cville Dance Co-op on Sunday, September 2 from 10:15am-12:15pm at Common Ground in the Jefferson School.
The Co-op http://www.cvilledancecoop.com/who-we-are/ is a substance free, non-verbal, barefoot, 115 minutes of free style dance. No steps to learn, no teacher, nothing but what’s flowing and moving in your own body. It’s as simple as that. Come breathe it all in.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Sep 2: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, full-on dancing from 1030 until noon, then closing circle (come for the whole time!)
What to bring: Water bottle, comfortable clothes, optional donation for Common Ground
You can RSVP or ask questions at the Facebook event here.

Buddha Cat Art & Book Exhibit Reception on Friday, September 14, 6-730pm
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church’s Deese Hall September 1-30. A reception for Buddha Cat and More: Mixed-media Drawings and Book will be held there on Friday, September 14 from 6-730pm. Please join us to celebrate art, community, delight and insight.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Aug 27, 2018, 1045am ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
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
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger
Flame And Circle 6:08 Tim Story

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018, 840am ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
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
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2017, 11am ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
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
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger
Flame And Circle 6:08 Tim Story

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2017, 545pm ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
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
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

Thursday, Aug 30, 2017, 840am ~ Support Support Support

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
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
Jijy 4:00 Big Blue Ball featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble
When You Come Back Down 3:50 Nickel Creek
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

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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One of my long-time teachers, James Yates says, “To make any life transition, you need three things: support, support, support.”

(And, I would add, since life is just a series of transitions, we all need support all the time.)

Support is all around us and in us. What’s curious is how often we don’t lean into the support that’s available.

The earth itself is always ready to take our full weight and hold us unconditionally. And yet, I find myself not relaxing into this steadfast support. Notice right now, are you?

I have internal resources that I can draw on, too. My physical strength (no matter how ill or injured I am), my very bones, my life force — until my dying breath are all there for me.

We are available to support each other. Know who you can go to for whatever support you need. Who can you go to when you need someone to listen? Who can you go to for advice? Who can you go to for inspiration? Who can you go to for laughter?

It doesn’t matter what you call it: the Universe, Nature, Spirit, God, the Mystery. That which is larger than we are is there to support you, too. Can you trust that this support is available? Can you be awake enough to feel it?

Earth support. Internal support. External support. Spirit support.
Tap into it.

In other words, miracles are all around us and often, we just don’t even notice. Instead, we watch TV or play on our phones or whatever else we do that gets in the way of us seeing. The practice is to notice. Notice your body. Notice what you overlooked yesterday. Notice what connects and creates and loves. Practice noticing.

You can find this week’s Noticing 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!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:
Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed … Is On Its Way!
I’m excited to be taking advance orders on my web site NOW! (And thank you to the dozens of you who have already placed orders! Wow! Nearly a third of the books that will be arriving are spoken for!) If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books between now and September 9.

Cville Dance Co-Op: Sweet September with Susan on Sun, Sep 2, 1015am-1215pm
September is perhaps my favorite month in Virginia. Sun and air and space to breathe. I’ll be offering favorite music both new and old and holding the space for the Cville Dance Co-op on Sunday, September 2 from 10:15am-12:15pm at Common Ground in the Jefferson School.
The Co-op http://www.cvilledancecoop.com/who-we-are/ is a substance free, non-verbal, barefoot, 115 minutes of free style dance. No steps to learn, no teacher, nothing but what’s flowing and moving in your own body. It’s as simple as that. Come breathe it all in.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Sep 2: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, full-on dancing from 10:30 until noon, then closing circle (come for the whole time!)
What to bring: Water bottle, comfortable clothes, optional donation for Common Ground
You can RSVP or ask questions at the Facebook event here.

Buddha Cat Art & Book Exhibit Reception on Friday, September 14, 6-730pm
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church’s Deese Hall September 1-30. A reception for Buddha Cat and More: Mixed-media Drawings and Book will be held there on Friday, September 14 from 6-730pm. Please join us to celebrate art, community, delight and insight.

Free 3-Part training series of videos from Cecily Armstrong
For the past several months, Cecily Armstrong has been helping me on a healing process that has changed my relationship with food, my body and myself. Her work has helped me get a deeper understanding of nutrition and intuitive connection to what my body-self really needs and wants. She is deeply grounded in the science of nutrition as well as energy healing and other healing modalities. Now she is offering a 3-part training series called: Decoding your body’s wisdom; Stop second-guessing what to do with your diet to look and feel amazing. Please follow this link to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

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

Monday, Aug 20, 2018, 1045am ~ Noticing (or The Color Purple)

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 3:17 Aretha Franklin
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Pay Attention 4:20 Pomplamoose
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Think 2:18 Aretha Franklin
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Purple Rain 3:59 Urselle
Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness 7:31 Shpongle

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018, 840am ~ Noticing (or The Color Purple)

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 3:17 Aretha Franklin
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Think 2:18 Aretha Franklin
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Purple Rain 3:59 Urselle 9
Slip Into Something More Comfortable 4:48 Kinobe

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2017, 11am ~ Noticing (or The Color Purple)

I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) 2:44 Aretha Franklin
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (feat. Keith Richards) 5:06 Aretha Franklin
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Purple Rain 3:59 Urselle
With or Without You 4:51 2CELLOS
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Thursday, Aug 23, 2017, 840am ~ Noticing (or The Color Purple)

I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) 2:44 Aretha Franklin
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (feat. Keith Richards) 5:06 Aretha Franklin
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Purple Rain 3:59 Urselle
With or Without You 4:51 2CELLOS
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

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!

Some visitors come to Virginia from Australia. Their first morning, they look out the window and scramble over each other to grab their cameras and run outside. “Oh my goodness! What is it? It’s so precious!”

They run into the front yard to take dozens of pictures of a squirrel.


The first time I visited Minnesota in the summer, the sight of enormous fields of canola and flax in bloom made my heart open. Acres and acres of rich, vibrant yellow and oceans of deep blue. It took my breath away. I said to my sister-in-law (who has lived there her whole life and farmed those fields with her husband), “The fields are astonishingly beautiful.” She looked a little surprised and said, “Huh. I guess they are pretty, aren’t they?”


My husband does much of the laundry at our house. Every time, he carefully hangs my dance clothes on the rack and folds my socks just as I like them. And when he brings me the piles of freshly laundered love, I do my best to always, always say, “Thank you so much for doing that.” And he thanks me every morning for the bowl of granola that I’ve made him for years and years.


What do you notice? What have you seen so many times that you don’t notice? What do you notice that others don’t? What if what you notice is your life?

Noticing is a physical practice.
Noticing is a creative practice.
Noticing is a spiritual practice.

Don’t piss God off. Notice.



This week I felt discouraged by the state of the world. The sheer volume of seemingly intractable problems left me disheartened. So it was with some hope and encouragement that I listened to an interview with civil rights activist Ruby Sales (you can listen to it here). Her spacious and inclusive heart asks the question, How do we weave together the “I” with the “We” and the “We” with the “I?”

This genius question folds back to the recognition that we are each stronger than we think and that without question we are stronger together. All of us. No exceptions.

You can find this week’s Stronger 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!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed ~ My First Book!
The Buddha Cat adventure continues (although a little delayed). The printer is running a little behind so books will be completed next week then they will be winging their way to Charlottesville!
Despite the brief delay, I’m excited to be taking advance orders on my web site NOW! (And thank you to the dozens of you who have already placed orders! Wow!) If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books between now and September 9.
Publication events are in the planning stages so stay tuned for more on those! Thanks to all for coming along for the Buddha Cat ride!

Sartorial Heads Up: Wear Purple to Classes Next Week!
Just sayin’.

Free 3-Part training series of videos from Cecily Armstrong
For the past several months, Cecily Armstrong has been helping me on a healing process that has changed my relationship with food, my body and myself. Her work has helped me get a deeper understanding of nutrition and intuitive connection to what my body-self really needs and wants. She is deeply grounded in the science of nutrition as well as energy healing and other healing modalities. Now she is offering a 3-part training series called: Decoding your body’s wisdom; Stop second-guessing what to do with your diet to feel amazing. Please follow this link to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

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

Monday, Aug 13, 2018, 1045am ~ Cville Love with Mary Linn

Om Shanti 5:04 Bliss
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Dah-Din Beats (Ges-E + Usman) 8:01 Genetic Drugs
Lynx 5:27 Drumspyder
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm 10:24 AM
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
I Am You 4:50 Kareem Salama AM
For What It’s Worth (India Dub) [feat. Joey Lugassy] 4:57 DJ Drez
The Ballad of Love and Hate 5:21 The Avett Brothers
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018, 840am ~ Stronger

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
I Am You 4:50 Kareem Salama
Give Me Strength 4:03 Sally Taylor
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2017, 11am ~ Stronger

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
Ain’t No Sunshine (Rishis Short Mix) 3:27 Al Jarreau
Give Me Strength 4:03 Sally Taylor
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Thursday, Aug 16, 2017, 840am ~ Stronger

A Thousand Beautiful Things 3:07 Annie Lennox
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Love and Hope 4:24 Ozomatli
Yes I Will 4:20 Michael Franti
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
I Am You 4:50 Kareem Salama
For What It’s Worth (India Dub) [feat. Joey Lugassy] 4:57 DJ Drez
Climb On (A Back That’s Strong) 4:16 Shawn Colvin
The Ballad of Love and Hate 5:21 The Avett Brothers

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!

You are stronger than you think you are.
Each of us.

A friend of mine moved away a couple of years ago. Unexpectedly. Quickly. She was anxious and in (what seems now to be) a misguided attempt to soothe her mind, I suggested that she write down all the things that she was afraid would happen when she and her family moved. I suggested that 3 months later when she looked a the list, that she would see that none of them had happened.

She moved away and three months later, everything on her list had happened. Every. Single. Thing.

I felt like a jerk and a bad friend.

But when I talked to her not long ago, I had this thought: all those things she was afraid of happening (and more, as it turns out), she figured out, she managed, she handled, she lived through. And now, she is stronger.

She did more than she thought she could.

– – – – – – – – – –

We are stronger together.
All of us.

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the death of Heather Heyer and the terrorist attacks in downtown Charlottesville, I went to Heather’s memorial and walked through the downtown mall. While I walked, I listened to a dharma talk by meditation teacher, Tara Brach called Evolving Beyond Unreal Othering.

It was the perfect thing. Given all that’s happened and is happening in our city, it is easy to point fingers. It is easy for me to blame and accuse and say that those people did this to us.

Instead, Tara Brach was reminding me that we really are all in this together. All of us. We are all part of the problems and the solutions. Even and especially people we don’t agree with. I hope you’ll give yourself the gift of listening to her wise words. You can find her talk here.

Charlottesville is grappling with its painful history and the reality of its present. We are (albeit slowly) facing things we don’t want to face and gathering our collective resources to move forward in a healthier way. It seems to me that the only way we can make our way through more than we thought we could, is to do it together.

How do we, as civil rights activist Ruby Sales says, “weave together the “I” with the “We” and the “We” with the “I?” That’s where the real strength lies.


This is art that was made after the terrorist attack on Charlottesville in 2017. You can still see these hearts in business windows, cars, water bottles and t-shirts around town. May it continue to stand as a symbol of love through it all.


This is a piece of art made in 2018 for the anniversary of the 2017 attacks. Love is strength. Each of us is strong and we are stronger together.

As I expect most of you know, the Charlottesville Downtown location closed at 6pm on Friday, August 10 and will reopen at 5am on Monday, August 13. Mary Linn and I team taught on Saturday, August 11, 12:30-1:45pm and will again on Monday, August 13, 10:45am-noon, both at Albemarle Square. Jeanne Catherine will teach a class focused on Hope, Love & Faith on Sunday, August 12 as usual at Albemarle Square from 12:45-1:45pm.

This is a tender and challenging weekend for our city. We offer classes to move all of it. Whatever it is.

I’ll post Monday’s playlist after class.

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

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018, 1245pm with Mary Linn ~ Cville Love

Om Shanti 5:04 Bliss
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Dah-Din Beats (Ges-E + Usman) 8:01 Genetic Drugs
Lynx 5:27 Drumspyder
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Once Again (Live) 6:04 Hang Massive
For What It’s Worth (India Dub) [feat. Joey Lugassy] 4:57 DJ Drez
Om Shanti 5:13 Nadaka
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Sunday, August 12, 2018 ~ On the anniversary of Heather Heyer’s murder, I walked downtown through barricades and state police cars and check points to put some flowers and some metta at her memorial site. And I made this.

Monday, Aug 13, 2018, 1045am with Mary Linn ~ Cville Love

Om Shanti 5:04 Bliss
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Dah-Din Beats (Ges-E + Usman) 8:01 Genetic Drugs
Lynx 5:27 Drumspyder
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Shisha 5:20 Naked Rhythm
Shadowman 6:36 Afro Celt Sound System
I Am You 4:50 Kareem Salama
For What It’s Worth (India Dub) [feat. Joey Lugassy] 4:57 DJ Drez
The Ballad of Love and Hate 5:21 The Avett Brothers
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

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