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It might be said that the opposite of connection is loneliness. There are different kinds of loneliness, of course. We can be lonely for a particular kind of connection, like a partner or a community or a specific person or animal. I’m finding that in these days of physical isolation, I’m lonely for both deep connection with people I know and love and small, everyday connections between people I don’t know at all.

In today’s class, I tell the story of one of those missed everyday connections that left me feeling deeply lonely. What helps me in these times are a few things:
• to connect with how I’m feeling in a detailed way ~ the physical, mental and emotional sensations;
• to remember that I am not alone and that literally millions of people are feeling the same way in this moment and untold billions (likely every human who ever lived ever) have felt this way at some time;
• and to tell the story, tell the truth, share the tender feelings of vulnerability and loss.

Today’s Nourishing Movement practice anchors in the connective tissue that literally holds our bodies together and the feelings of connection and loneliness that hold us together as humans. Find the video here.

“Every one of us, in every part of the world, carries … stories of vulnerability and triumph. The stories are our guidelines for how to adapt in the present. … The more stories we share, the better off we are.” ~ Esther Perel

As Mary Oliver writes, you have a place in the family of things. Please do reach out in the comment below or below the video and share a story of connection or missed connection. It makes a difference when you do: to me, to you and to the whole community.

~~~ Music Credits ~~~

Title song for Dancing Water Daily:
Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

Playlist for Nourishing Movement: Connection & Loneliness ~ Tue, Apr 28, 2020
Monument 4:12 TrackTribe YouTube Audio Library
DD Groove 3:41 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library 
Trouble 3:43 Topher Mohr and Alex Elena YouTube Audio Library 
Blue Moon 3:33 JVNA YouTube Audio Library 
Sign of the Vibration 3:56 South London HiFi YouTube Audio Library
Over Time 4:59 Audionautix YouTube Audio Library
Dance, Don’t Delay 4:56 Twin Musicom YouTube Audio Library 
Take You Home Tonight 3:34 Vibe Tracks YouTube Audio Library 
Awakening 3:41 Silent Partner YouTube Audio Library
Jellyfish in Space 6:31 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library 
Streamline 4:36 Eveningland YouTube Audio Library
Meditation Impromptu 01 3:33 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
~ from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Resources for Connection & Loneliness in a time of Physical Distancing

Esther Perel, Social Connection While Social Distancing

Harvard Health Letter on Not Emotional Distancing

Psychology Today on Combatting Loneliness during Social Distancing

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Help me to continue to create Dancing Water Daily practices! No matter how far apart we are physically, we are all connected. The path that we all move along together is held by an Invisible Net of Love that is always there even if we can’t see it. The Dancing Water Daily practices is my thread in that net. Please support my work by offering a donation so I can keep creating these practices for you. With your generous support, I can continue to invest in making these classes available to anyone who can benefit. Please click here https://paypal.me/SusanMcCulley?locale.x=en_US to be part of the Dancing Water Daily Net of Love. And please “Send to a Friend” to avoid PayPal fees! Suggested donation: $5 a class or $15 a week ~ and truly, any amount helps enormously.

Shout outs to this week’s generous donors Pam Beard and Marion Robbins! A thousand thanks, friends! Together we can extend this Net of Love to reach everyone who needs it.

AND if, like me, your finances are akimbo, I get it. Another way to help is to share these video practices. Send a link to a friend! Post it on social media! Help spread the word about nourishing movement and moving together apart.
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PLEASE CONNECT!

Keep the connective tissue of our community healthy! Please:
• leave comments on the Facebook videos and share them with friends
• subscribe to my YouTube channel (it’s FREE, of course), like, comment and share them
• subscribe, comment and share these blog posts
• email me at sjmnia@gmail.com with ideas and suggestions for what would be of the most help and support in these days

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ Connection in a Time of Disconnection
Monday, Apr 27 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Connection in a Time of Disconnection ~ find it here https://youtu.be/wLCDGlSGXL8
Tuesday, Apr 28 ~ Nourishing Movement at Dancing Water: Connection & Loneliness ~ find it here
Wednesday, Apr 29 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga
Thursday, Apr 30 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water
Friday, May 1 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water
Saturday, May 2 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice
Sunday, May 3 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga

LAST WEEK’S DANCING WATER DAILY PRACTICES ~ in case you missed any
Monday, Apr 20 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement ~ find it here https://youtu.be/0esxuPbdJg4
Tuesday, Apr 21 ~ Dancing Water Nourishing Movement ~ find it here https://youtu.be/bGH8qo65cmA
Wednesday, Apr 22 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga ~ find it here https://youtu.be/MHuhSZ-BKRc
Thursday, Apr 23 ~ Dharma Dance from Dancing Water ~ find it here https://youtu.be/ppi2uL7P7Bw
Friday, Apr 24 ~ All Out, All You Dance Party from Dancing Water ~ find it here https://youtu.be/CY2H8e94AWo
Saturday, Apr 25 ~ Ajna (Self-Guided) Practice ~ find it here https://youtu.be/j13NmRwYCeE
Sunday, Apr 26 ~ Moon River Restorative Yoga ~ find it here https://youtu.be/l65YS9R6wJY

I love to hear from you and have been loving all the comments and emails I’ve been getting from you! Please keep them coming: reach out with email or a comment and let me know how you’re doing and how I can help more!
Until soon, my friends!
Love

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