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Kiss by Tom Matt ~ http://www.tommatt.com/

A kiss can say and mean lots of things. We focused this week on the intimate, intentional sensation of kiss – not just with lips, but with movement, eyes, words, thoughts and actions. Deep thanks to my high school friend, Tom Matt, for his willingness to share his painting, Kiss. You can find his wonderful work at his site here.

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of juicy delicious things that are happening!

Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water
I’m delighted to announce that I will start offering classes at the studio at Dancing Water* on Thursday mornings from 11-1215pm (Thursday, May 9, May 16 and May 30 are full and if you’d like to get on the waiting list, please let me know. There is still space in the May 23 and Jun 6 classes!). Classes will be my mix of guided and unguided movement, meditation and creativity! Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious movement. For the month of May, I’m offering a discounted rate so grab a friend and come to the river! Go HERE to sign up!
* The Studio at Dancing Water is at 2370 Old Lynchburg Road ~ detailed directions at http://www.susanmcculley.com and via email when you sign up!

Summer Schedule Shift
For the acac summer schedule (starting June 13), Jeanne Catherine will be teaching the Thursday morning 8:40-9:40am class. I will be teaching on Thursday mornings at the Studio at Dancing Water…so lots of choices for mindful movement!

Memorial Day at acac Monday, May 27
Make mindful movement part of your holiday weekend! Susan is teaching at the regular time on Monday, May 27 from 10:45am-12noon in Studio A at Albemarle Square acac!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ Jun 7 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, Jun 7 from 11:25 -12:25.

June Women’s Retreats with Coach, Michelle Goodrich
If you’re like most awakening women, you feel called to create many different things in your life, from deepening or attracting love to expanding your prosperity, influence and impact in your career, improving your health, and more. How do you close the gap between where you are now and where you sense you can be?
Michelle Goodrich invites you to join her and a tribe of brilliant women on retreat this June. Together we will identify the number one block that holds you back from the life you came here to live, you will gain the tools to forge an unshakeable bond with yourself, with life and with others…. and you will have the opportunity to take the next step into the life you long for. Dates: June 15 (Saturday daylong) 9am-5pm; June 23 (Sunday) 1pm-5pm; June 30 (Sunday) 1pm-5pm (Attendance at all 3 sessions is requested.)
For registration, scholarship and more details please contact Michelle at michellegoodrichcoach@gmail.com

Nia White Belt Training with Kelle Rae Oien Aug 15-21 at SoulShines in Richmond
Whether for personal growth, developing your practice or preparing to teach, the Nia White Belt training is a life-changing experience. Join stellar White Belt Trainer, Kelle Rae Oien at the new SoulShines Studios in Richmond. Go here for more information!
https://www.facebook.com/events/796684947329568/ (NOTE: A belt can audit 3 sessions for free. (They will need to pay for classes with Kelle – not included in the free offer) A retake (anything more than 3 sessions) is $99 to HQ and $400 to Kelle. That includes all classes.)

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

Monday, May 6, 2019, 1045am ~ Kiss

When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing 6:05 Bliss
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Shut Up And Kiss Me 3:43 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean) 3:35 The Knocks
Fever 3:35 Joe Cocker
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Language Or The Kiss 5:35 Indigo Girls
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 840am ~ Kiss

When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing 6:05 Bliss
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Shut Up And Kiss Me 3:43 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean) 3:35 The Knocks
Fever 3:35 Joe Cocker
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 11am ~ Kiss

When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing (Instrumental) 6:14 Bliss
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean) 3:35 The Knocks
Kiss This Thing Goodbye 4:35 Del Amitri
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shut Up And Kiss Me 3:43 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 840am ~ Kiss

When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing (Instrumental) 6:14
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean) 3:35 The Knocks
Kiss This Thing Goodbye 4:35 Del Amitri
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 11am Mindful Movement at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ Kiss

After the Rain 6:57 Satori
When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing (Instrumental) 6:14 Bliss
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Kiss This Thing Goodbye 4:35 Del Amitri
On and On 3:47 Mocean Worker
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared
Tape Recorder 6:07 Hammock

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When I say the word “kiss” what comes to mind?

Do you think of what you gave your grandmother?
Do you think of what you give your child?
Do you think of what you get from your dog?
Do you think of what you get from your love?

What if you expanded your view of kiss?
What if you thought of your touch as a kiss?
What if you thought of your gaze as a kiss?
What if you thought of your breath as a kiss?
How could you move and think and speak like a kiss?

Can you let yourself kiss the world and (and this is important) be kissed by the world?

Rumi’s poem is the kiss I long for. Let’s move into that kiss this week.

Some Kiss

There is some kiss we want
with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.

Seawater begs the pearl
to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild Darling!

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face into mine.
Breathe into me.

Close the language-door,
and open the love-window.

The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.

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