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So many thanks to Buck Mountain Episcopal Health & Wellness Ministry for hosting our special class on being a peacemaker in times of hatred. And thanks to all who came out to embody peace!

Below is the playlist from the evening but first, I promised to include links to the resources I referred to and the practices we did together.

Patricia Pearce’s article offered three ways of being a peacemaker
1. Stand in Solidarity with Those Under Attack
2. Love the Person Consumed by Hatred
3. Heal Your Own Mind
You can read her full excellent article here.

The practice of Tonglen is one we can do anytime we are faced with hatred, violence, or suffering of any kind. Imagine suffering as thick, hot, black sticky tar. Inhale and breathe in the black tar of suffering deep into your heart. Exhale, and let it explode and be burned away in the heat of the love and compassion in your heart. Inhale black suffering, exhale an explosion of loving white light.

This is an excellent talk on standing in solidarity with those who need our support and standing with our highest values in times of trouble: The Burning Church talk by Greg Thompson

If you have other resources on this topic, I would love to share them. Please feel free to contribute them to the Focus Pocus facebook page or email them to me at sjmnia@gmail.com. Thank you to all who create peace on earth by first taking the courageous step to create peace within.

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig
*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs — and sadly, that is definitely the case for this playlist. I highly recommend the 1 Giant Leap albums which use music from artists from around the world who never actually meet. ***

Friday, Sep 2, 2016, 6pm ~ Be A Peacemaker

Peace Train 4:02 Cat Stevens
A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
The Great Unfolding 4:06 Quinn
Resolution (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) 4:02 Thievery Corporation
Look Up 5:56 Zero 7
Doctor My Eyes 3:21 Jackson Browne
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
I Have Seen Trouble [Feat. Aluta & Michael Stipe] 7:21 1 Giant Leap
Love Rescue Me 3:48 Playing For Change
Nagual 4:03 Michael Hewett

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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After last summer of selling our house before our new house was ready and living out of our camper and the kindness of others, you’d think I would have planned something a little less wild this summer. But no. That’s not what happened. So as my crazy summer continues, I was so happy to be home and dancing for my 52nd Galactic Return birthday. Thank you everybody who came out to celebrate the cycles and circles in all of our lives.

The playlist for the new routine, Galactic Return: Blue Rhythmic Hand, is below or you can listen to it by going to Spotify! Rock out for free at Spotify! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

If you’d like to find out your very own Galactic Signature, you can do it here — then share it in the comments below or on the Focus Pocus Facebook page !

First the announce-y things:

• dance. sit. create. ~ the next delicious day-treat on Saturday, October 1, 830am-5pm
You are creative. You are an artist. Even if your elementary school art teacher told you differently. Whatever you think and feel about dancing, sitting and creativity, this day is for you. Whether you identify with the words “dance sit create.” and think, “Heck, yeah” or if you shake your head and say, “I can’t do those things” or “That’s not me,” this day is for you. Please join me for a delicious day of living at the intersection of movement, stillness, and art. If you’ve come before, come again. If you’ve never joined us, this is a great time.

Early Bird: $80 if registered by August 1. Late Bird: $95 if registered by September 15. Creative Bird: Get an additional $5 off by making something (a photo! a drawing! a haiku! a kid! anything!) and sharing a picture of it on any social media with this link (www.susanmcculley.com/workshops-retreats/dance-sit-create) and use the hashtag #dancesitcreate. (OR send something you’ve made to Susan and she will share it!)

Limited to 20 participants [NOTE: We are a little more than half full!]. Questions? Please connect with Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com or between August 7-26, please call or text to 434.960.9959.

• Peacemakers ~ A Special FREE class at Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall on Friday, September 2, 6-7pm
In the cultural swirl of hate, fear, and discrimination, how do we become peacemakers? The unending tide of suffering is enough to swamp us into hopeless inaction. Inspired by an article by Patricia Pearce called Three Ways To Be A Peacemaker In A Time of Hatred, (I wrote about it in July), this is a class focused on what we can do now and in every moment to promote peace in ourselves and in the world. Please RSVP and get more information here. This class is FREE and open to everyone no matter your experience or fitness. All donations go to the Buck Mountain Health & Wellness Ministry.

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

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Wednesday, Aug 3, 1045am and Thursday, Aug 4, 2016~ Galactic Return: Blue Rhythmic Hand

Blue Rhythmic Hand 2:33 Lawrence Lougheed
Drawn To The Rhythm 4:12 Sarah McLachlan
A Go Go (Boozoo Bajou Mix) 5:47 Truby Trio
7 Years 3:57 Lukas Graham Lukas Graham
Galactivation 4:41 Shakatura
Will It Go Round in Circles 4:29 Billy Preston
Blue 6:29 LaTour
Camioux (Biggabush Version) 4:55 Boozoo Bajou
Fire to Me 4:36 Hyper/The Crystal Method
We Are Circling 3:05 Buffy Sainte-Marie
Windmills Of Your Mind 4:17 Sting
You’re Aging Well 4:12 Dar Williams
Returning 7 12:27 Jennifer Berezan

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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