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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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The blueberry bushes in Rebecca’s back yard tower over me, their lanky branches intertwined like a roof. Armed with my colander, I snake around, between, and under. I keep thinking I’ve found all the ripe berries but when I circle around again and look from a different angle, inevitably there is fruit that I’ve missed.

The way I dance around the blueberry bushes is the way I dance around my days. Big issues plant themselves in front of me – love, parenting, friendship, money, vocation, art – and I spiral around them. As soon as I think I’ve figured it out, as soon as I nod confidently and say “oh, yeah, I’ve got this,” I look from a different perspective and see something new I’ve never seen before.

Wednesday, August 3 is my 52nd birthday. Most people would say it isn’t a “big” one but for me, it’s the biggest yet.

In the 13 Moon Natural Time calendar, every day is unique. Every day has its own Galactic Signature: 260 unique fingerprints made up of combinations of four colors, thirteen tones and twenty tribes.

  • Today’s Galactic Signature is Yellow Electric Seed.
  • The Galactic Signature on Thanksgiving Day will be Yellow Lunar Sun.
  • The Bicentennial in 1976 was Red Magnetic Earth.
  • September 11, 2001 was Blue Self-Existing Monkey.
  • The day Donald Trump was born was Blue Electric Hand.
  • The day Hillary Clinton was born was White Galactic World-Bridger.
  • The day you were born had a signature, too. (You can look it up here.)

Each of the 260 signatures has a meditation that decodes its energy and essence (you’ll find that here, as well.)

On the day I was born, August 3, 1964, the Galactic Signature was Blue Rhythmic Hand and the meditation is:

I Organize in order to Know
Balancing Healing
I seal the Store of Accomplishment
With the Rhythmic tone of Equality
I am guided by my own power doubled

Every 260 days since I was born, Blue Rhythmic Hand has been the signature of the day. But never since the day I was born has that signature fallen on August 3…until this year. After 52 years, a cycle is complete and a new cycle begins. In the 13 Moon Calendar, the 52nd birthday is called the Galactic Return.

Fifty-two, then, is a BIG birthday. The Galactic Return is celebrated as a time of rebirth and renewal , the finishing of a cycle and the beginning of something new. My friend and Nia colleague, Zan Tewksbury, says that her Galactic Return was about the freedom and responsibility to write her own story. Her willingness to step out of the expectations of society, family and even herself allows her to live more authentically from her essence. And while that can be disorienting and scary, the unfolding adventure is worth the discomfort.

“The day came,” wrote essayist Anais Nin, “when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Perhaps that day comes on the Galactic Return or maybe it happens at another time. The Galactic Return routine celebrates all courageous human choices to see life from different perspectives and to reimagine ourselves. It’s about all our returnings and rewritings.

We are all circling and spiraling through time – experiencing repeating patterns and cycles. What’s more, all our circles and spirals are intersecting and interweaving. Galactic Return: Blue Rhythmic Hand is a physical and symbolic honoring of all of us swimming in the river of time, circling together through past and present and now.

[I’ll launch the Galactic Return: Blue Rhythmic Hand routine on Wednesday, August 3 at 11am at acac Albemarle Square and then teach it again on Thursday, August 4 at 840am at acac downtown. I’ll then be traveling for a couple of weeks and will return to teaching the routine on August 29.]

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If I want to live in peace, I have work to do. I need to open my eyes and mind and heart to what is happening to the most vulnerable among us. And I must understand my unearned privledges. In addition to Patricia Pearse’s post about being a peacemaker , I highly recommend this post on white privilege. We can’t solve problems that we don’t or won’t see.

Just one class this week before we head north to visit our family in northern Minnesota. (People, I am packing a sweater and jeans which blows my mind.) I’ll be back and teaching on August 3 & 4, to my new routine (see announce-y things below).

Monday’s playlist 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!

And first the announce-y things:

• dance. sit. create. ~ another in the evolving series of day-treats 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. Questions? Please connect with Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com

• Routine Seventeen Launch ~ Galactic Return: Blue Rhythmic Hand
The new routine is coming together! The next class I teach on Monday, August 3 at 11am at acac Albemarle square will be its full debut! I will teach it again the following day, Thursday, August 4 at 840am at acac downtown and more later in August. Wear blue and please do join me!

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 . ***

Monday, Jul 25, 2016, 1045am ~ Peacemakers

Peace Train 4:02 Cat Stevens
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 Galactivation
Will It Go Round in Circles 4:29 Billy Preston
Give Peace a Chance 4:35 Aerosmith/Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das]
I Have Seen Trouble [Feat. Aluta & Michael Stipe] 7:21 1 Giant Leap
Inlakesh 3:58 Lou Rhodes
Peace 4:44 FRUiT
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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This week we literally and figuratively opened our eyes in new ways. By physically using the eyes with intention and by taking Rachel Carson’s advice and looking at everything as if we were seeing it for the first time and the last, opening the eyes can change everything. Plus, Angelique Kidjo, whose music has been woven into Nia routines for decades, had her 66th birthday on Thursday which we celebrated with a big ol’ freedance.

All this week’s playlists are below or rock out for free by going to Spotify! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! (And check it out those who were in Wednesday’s class: a song mysteriously dropped off our playlist in class but you can dance to it on Spotify!)

First, the announce-y things:

•AFRI-CArdio with Live Drumming on Friday, July 22 at 4:25pm
AFRI-CArdio is a fusion of West African dance and a great cardio workout! The live drumming will amplify the energy and offer a more authentic, traditional dance-workout experience. There is no choreography to learn, instead the goal is to relax, groove to the rhythms and forget you are sweating. All are welcome and no dance or AFRI-Cardio experience required! It’s a perfect way to start your weekend! Regular students of AFRI-CArdio call this their end-of-week “Happy Hour.” Free to acac members and no registration is required. NOTE from SUSAN: I went to this last time Christine did it and it was great fun. Please join me!

• dance. sit. create. ~ another in the evolving series of day-treats 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. Questions? Please connect with Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com

• Routine Seventeen Launch ~ Galactic Return: Blue Rhythmic Hand
I’m jumping into the river to create a new routine called Galactic Return that focuses on cirlces, spirals and repeating patterns. The plan is to launch it in a special class on Wednesday, August 3 (my 52nd birthday) at 11am at acac albemarle square and teach it again the following day, Thursday, August 4 at 840am at acac downtown. Please join me!

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 . ***

Monday, Jul 11, 2016, 1045am ~ Eyes: Never Before, Never Again

Passing Through 5:19 Bob Holroyd
A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
African Drug [Original Tribal Mix] 6:02 Bob Holroyd
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Doctor My Eyes 3:21 Jackson Browne
Suddenly I See 3:22 KT Tunstall
The Sheer Weight of Memory 5:28 Bob Holroyd
Looking in the Eyes of Love 4:19 Alison Krauss & Union Station

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016, 840am ~ Eyes: Never Before, Never Again

Passing Through 5:19 Bob Holroyd
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Doctor My Eyes 3:21 Jackson Browne
Suddenly I See 3:22 KT Tunstall
Carnival 5:59 Natalie Merchant
The Sheer Weight of Memory 5:28 Bob Holroyd
Looking in the Eyes of Love 4:19 Alison Krauss & Union Station

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016, 11am ~ Eyes: Never Before, Never Again

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Luna 6:06 Ganga
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 4:39 U2
Splitting World 8:35 Eat Static
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes 3:35 Kristin Andreassen
Looking in the Eyes of Love 4:19 Alison Krauss & Union Station
The Light 4:29 The Album Leaf

Thursday, Jul 14, 2016, 840am ~ Eyes: Never Before, Never Again

A Thousand Years 5:58 Sting
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 4:39 U2
Splitting World 8:35 Eat Static
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
I’m Looking Through You 2:24 The Beatles
The Futures So Bright (I Got Wear Shades) 3:23 Timbuk 3
Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes 3:35 Kristin Andreassen
Falling Slowly 4:04 Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Miniature 9 6:11 Matthew Robert Cooper

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016, 1245pm ~ The 9 Movement Forms (Dance Arts)

Amazing 4:34 One Eskimo
A Canterbury Tale 8:41 Dreadzone
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 2:41 Devo
Work That Body 5:35 Nia Sounds
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Shining Path 7:23 Dreadzone
Deep Inside 5:06 Kid Beyond
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

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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