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Rules and Instructions. What is your relationship to them? Is it any different to move them? Do you love them or not? What if you shifted your idea of rules and instructions and see how they feel in your bones?

Below are our playlists for the week and the Mary Oliver poems I shared at the end of classes (including the class that wasn’t on Wednesday due to slush and ice and whatnot). 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 deepest gratitude to Mary Oliver for living a life of paying attention, being astonished and telling about it. I discovered and revisited so many beautiful poems this week. You can find one of them here and if you haven’t heard it, listen to Mary Oliver herself reading Wild Geese. May we all follow her instructions for living a life.

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 things that are happening!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ March 1 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, March 1 from 11:25 -12:25.

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
I’m so grateful for the local stores who are carrying my book and art. New Dominion has both books and prints/cards! Over the Moon has books and cards. Cville Arts has books and art and this month, I’m featured in the front window! Please go check it out! And please go to my web site to find a complete listing of where to find Buddha Cat and more!

Buddha Cat on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library on Saturday, March 16
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there so please make plans to join us!

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

Monday, Feb 18, 2019, 1045am ~ Mary Oliver: Rules

Sea Dreamer (feat. Sting) 5:40 Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Instructions for Survival (521.1hz) 6:39 Listening to Smile
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Sweet Freedom 5:14 Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Sandstorm 7:26 Darude
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Do You Sleep? 3:54 Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Good to Be Alive Today 4:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver
Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars
of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,
the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders
of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is
nameless now.
Every year
everything
I have ever learned
in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side
is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2018, 840am ~ Mary Oliver: Rules

Sea Dreamer (feat. Sting) 5:40 Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Instructions for Survival (521.1hz) 6:39 Listening to Smile
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Sandstorm 7:26 Darude
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Do You Sleep? 3:54 Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Good to Be Alive Today 4:15 Michael Franti & Spearhead
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

Everything That Was Broken by Mary Oliver
Everything that was broken has
forgotten its brokenness. I live
now in a sky-house, through every
window the sun. Also your presence.
Our touching, our stories. Earthy
and holy both. How can this be, but
it is. Every day has something in
it whose name is Forever.

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2018, 11am ~ Mary Oliver: Instructions – CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE – HOME DANCING RECOMMENDED

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Instructions for Survival (521.1hz) 6:39 Listening to Smile
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Sweet Freedom 5:14 Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Spanish Grease [Dorfmeister Con Madrid de Los Austrias Muga Reserv] 7:26 Willie Bobo
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Shine (feat. Freddy Verano & Linying) [Matoma Remix] 5:08 Felix Jaehn
Broken Rules 4:00 Evenus
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

White-Eyes by Mary Oliver
In winter
all the singing is in
the tops of the trees
where the wind-bird

with its white eyes
shoves and pushes
among the branches.
Like any of us

he wants to go to sleep,
but he’s restless—
he has an idea,
and slowly it unfolds

from under his beating wings
as long as he stays awake.
But his big, round music, after all,
is too breathy to last.

So, it’s over.
In the pine-crown
he makes his nest,
he’s done all he can.

I don’t know the name of this bird,
I only imagine his glittering beak
tucked in a white wing
while the clouds—

which he has summoned
from the north—
which he has taught
to be mild, and silent—

thicken, and begin to fall
into the world below
like stars, or the feathers
of some unimaginable bird

that loves us,
that is asleep now, and silent—
that has turned itself
into snow.

Thursday, Feb 21, 2018, 840am ~ Mary Oliver: Instructions

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Instructions for Survival (521.1hz) 6:39 Listening to Smile
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Sweet Freedom 5:14 Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald
Bring Me Some Water 3:54 Melissa Etheridge
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Sorrento Moon 4:56 Tina Arena
Broken Rules 4:00 Evenus
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

My Work is Loving the World by Mary Oliver
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – 
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.

Mindful by Mary Oliver
Everyday
I see or hear
something
that more or less
kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,
to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over
in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help
but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light
of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

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On January 17, 2019, Mary Oliver died.

She was one of my favorite poets and her writing has changed me and my work. The first time I heard her words was at a Unitarian Universalist church in the late 1990s. I’m not sure if it was Wild Geese or In Blackwater Woods or what it was, but it took my breath away. How could someone so clearly and succinctly say what I didn’t even know I wanted to say? She taught me things that I thought I knew, but didn’t until I heard her poem. Since then, I’m reminded over and over that she saw and expressed what really matters in this world. Mary Oliver got to the essence of things.

Two of her poems, Three Things to Remember and Instructions for Living a Life, have particularly impacted my creative work and teaching. Three Things is in the piece of art above. I love it not only for its mention of dancing but for its reminder that rules are often self-imposed. As a first born, I can get attached to following them and getting others to follow them, too. More and more though, I know that “there are fewer rules than you think” (as my friend and teacher, Mary Linn Bergstrom says).

What is your relationship to rules? Are you a follower? Does “doing it right” matter to you? Or does “doing it right” get you stuck? Or both? Are you a rebel? Are you someone who wants to know what the rules are just so you know what you are not going to do? When do you want to follow rules and when do you think they get in the way?

This is her poem, Instructions for Living a Life:

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

And this is the piece of art I made based on her poem.

I made this piece at one of my own workshops on creativity called Living Life As An Artist. Ironically, it is the first piece of art I ever sold. Think of that: Mary Oliver made me a professional artist.

What do you think of her instructions? Do you follow them? Do you follow them in only some situations? Is there one you do more than the others?

Since her death, I’ve reconnected to Mary Oliver’s work and how it’s impacted me. I’ve also been introduced to poems I either had forgotten or didn’t know. If you have a favorite Mary Oliver poem, will you please share it? I may work them into class somehow or share them in some way or make art with them or … something.

Poetry gives us a new look at things we might not have noticed before — including parts of ourselves. I’d love to hear how poetry, Mary Oliver’s and others’, has changed how you see things, how you see yourself, or how you live. Please leave a comment below to share your favorite poem and your experience of poetry power.

Here’s to following instructions and breaking rules.

Our focus this week was on distinguishing between tension and tone, unconscious and conscious, habit and choice. As the Joseph Campbell model of the self indicates, we can use our practice to bring more of our experience “above the line” into awareness.

Since it was Valentine’s Day, we also danced the One Billion Rising 2019 playlist on both Tuesday night and Thursday morning. Bringing social patterns and “habits” into awareness, we rise and stand and dance for change, It is another way we can bring more of the world “above the line.”

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where 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 things that are happening!

Celebration of Mary Oliver ~ Focus Next Week
On January 17, 2019, Mary Oliver died. She was one of my favorite poets and her words have had a powerful impact on me and my work. Next week, we will use as our focus two particularly powerful poems. One of the gifts of her death is that I’ve been introduced to poems I either had forgotten or didn’t know. If you have a favorite Mary Oliver poem, please share it either in the comments below or send it to me via email at sjmnia@gmail.com. I may work them into class somehow or … something. Looking forward to celebrating her deeply insightful view of the world.

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
I’m so grateful for the local stores who are carrying my book and art. New Dominion has both books and prints/cards! Over the Moon has books and cards. Cville Arts has books and art and this month, I’ll be featured in the front window! Please go check it out! And please go to my web site to find a complete listing of where to find Buddha Cat and more!

Buddha Cat on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Author Fest 2019 at the Waynesboro Public Library
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waynesboro Public Library will host its 5th Annual Author Fest. The event is free for both authors and the public. Buddha Cat and friends will be there. More information and details to come!

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

Monday, Feb 11, 2019, 1045am ~ Tension vs. Tone

The Day After Everything Changed 4:30 Ellis Paul
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Let It Whip 4:43 Dazz Band
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
Life Is Better With You 3:19 Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Hymn to the Fallen 4:43 Voces8

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2018, 840am ~ Tension vs. Tone

Something 3:04 George Harrison
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Let It Whip 4:43 Dazz Band
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
The Essence One 3:24 Jeroen Elfferich

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2018, 545pm ~ One Billion Rising: Bring it Above the Line

Walking Prayers 3:55 Gina Loring
RISE UP 3:23 Sussan Deyhim
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Put a Woman in Charge (feat. Rosanne Cash) 4:05 Keb’ Mo’
Break The Chain 4:32 Tena Clark One Billion Rising
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane One Billion Rising
Nasty Woman 4:06 Ara Lee
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
I Know 3:49 Dionne Farris
Phenomenal Woman 4:24 Ruthie Foster
Light of a Clear Blue Morning 4:15 The Wailin’ Jennys

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2018, 11am ~ Tension vs. Tone

Something 3:04 George Harrison
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Nasty Woman 4:06 Ara Lee
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
Break The Chain 4:32 Tena Clark One Billion Rising
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Mad World 3:03 Alex Parks
Let It Go  2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Thursday, Feb 14, 2018, 840am ~ One Billion Rising: Bring it Above the Line

Walking Prayers 3:55 Gina Loring
RISE UP 3:23 Sussan Deyhim
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Put a Woman in Charge (feat. Rosanne Cash) 4:05 Keb’ Mo’
Break The Chain 4:32 Tena Clark One Billion Rising
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane One Billion Rising
Nasty Woman 4:06 Ara Lee
Didji Dance 4:41 Ganga Girl
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
I Know 3:49 Dionne Farris
Phenomenal Woman 4:24 Ruthie Foster
Light of a Clear Blue Morning 4:15 The Wailin’ Jennys

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I’m a worrier. Always have been. My sweet mom used to give me strands of smooth worry beads to carry in my pocket to help ease the thread of anxious thoughts. Once she gave me a broad flat smooth stone with a divot in the center for my thumb. I rubbed it so hard, I broke it in half.

Over the years, I’ve been able to catch myself worrying at least enough to question the habit. Recently, one of my yoga teachers shared this lovely bit of Rumi that made my heart leap.

When I find myself niggling a worry, it helps me to cultivate a combination of stability and mobility. Together these sensations ground me and allow me to see more possibilities than the train wreck that I’m envisioning.

The genius poet Mary Oliver offers the wisdom of stability and mobility in her poem, I Worried.

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
hopeless.

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.

If you’ve followed me at all, you know that my favorite app is Insight Timer, the free meditation app that offers a timer as well as thousands of guided meditations of all kinds. In particular for our focus this week, I like this Healing Vibrations meditation by davidji and this one about releasing worry from Lou Redmond and there are others about letting go of worry, too!

Instead of worrying — beads or stones or strands of thought — find your ground and mobilize your perception of what is possible.

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Art in Action is a weekly post: a simple, practical guide to applying the ideas and principles in the Focus Pocus posts to your body and life. As always, I love to hear from you about how you use them and how you translate the ideas into action.

When I came across this quote from Rachel Carson, its truth took my breath away:

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?

Nothing in the world is solid or unchanging so of course, so everything is always new. And part of that ever-flowing river of change is that endings are unclear. We rarely know when our last time will be so this one, right here, might be it.

The practice of putting Carson’s words into action is simple. The challenge is to remember. The challenge is to wake ourselves up and open our eyes. It can be done at any time, of course, particularly when you feel bored, tuned out, stuck, or disillusioned. But the best time to open your eyes is now.

Never Before

1. Curiosity of a Child ~

Imagine you are looking at the world like a 5-year-old or that you are showing the world to a child. How does that change the speed of and the intention behind your looking? Be willing to learn even about things you think you know well.

2. Inquiry of an Alien ~

Imagine you have landed on Earth in a human body from another planet. What would the world and everything in it look like from that perspective? I practiced this today when feeling water on my skin, listening to the crinkle of a plastic bag, and tasting the bitterness of coffee. What I kept thinking was, “Whoa.”

Never Again

3. Poignancy of Terminally Ill ~

Imagine you’ve been given a prognosis of only a day more to live. What would it feel like to be doing things, seeing people, feeling things for the last time? This can be emotional so be gentle with yourself if it feels intense. Start small with less personal things like feeling gratitude for a favorite tea cup or a comfortable chair: take in their beauty and gifts and what they’ve generously offered you. As you’re ready, you can expand to activities that are important to you, communities and individuals who you care about, and even your own body.

4. Tenderness of Old Age ~

Spend time with an elderly person or imagine yourself decades older than you are now. What wisdom or insight can that elder offer around gratitude and attachment? I recall the last words of Mary Oliver’s poem In Blackwater Woods :

To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes
to let it go,
to let it go.

 

root down rise upA week that includes a holiday class and team teaching with Mary Linn Bergstrom is bound to be a rich one. Add to that the chance to play with a classic Carlos AyaRosas routine, Agolo, and various takes on his choreography that I’ve done over the years (Su-Golo) and Mary Oliver’s birthday, well, it’s a dandy. Thanks to all who rooted with us either in class or via the posts and playlists.

mary linn pearl

Speaking of which…Below are all the playlists for the week and you can also find them on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ where you can listen to all the music for free! Follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! No matter where you are, we can listen and dance together! Note that if you are using the Spotify app for mobile devices, the program inserts “recommended” music that is not on my original playlist. Also, Spotify doesn’t have all the music I have, so sometimes I’ll put up a different version of a song or skip it all together. Have fun with it.

A few upcoming things that I’m doing (and a couple that admired friends are offering!):

ACAC NIA JAM: FALL 2015 – FRIDAY, SEP 18, 2015, 545-7PM ~ Join Jeanne Catherine, Mary Linn Bergstrom and me for our seasonal celebration of mindful movement. We’ll play with our version of a classic routine, Fantasia, and focus on conditioning the body with simplicity. Everybody is welcome, no experience needed, and members (including the instructors ~ so ask if you want to come) can bring a guest for free! ACAC Downtown in the Group Ex Studio.

COME DANCE. SIT. WRITE. – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015, 830am-5pm ~ Spend the day playing in the intersection of movement, meditation and creativity! No matter how much or little experience you have in any of the three practices, this day can create connections in your body, mind and spirit and let more of you out into the world. In the beautiful Parish Hall of Buck Mountain Episcopal Church, we will provide music, movement, stillness, inspiration and a very nice bell. Plus nourishing and delicious food by Rebecca George’s Dragonfly Kitchen. $85 for the day, $75 if registered before September 15. Limit to 20 participants. Check out testimonials from participants and more details here or email Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com.

TEDx CHARLOTTESVILLE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015 ~ In its third year in The Ville, TED is an incredible event of ideas and inspiration. I’m delighted again this year to be coaching two of the TEDx speakers and – dang – check out the line-up, y’all. It’s going to be an amazing day. You can find out more here.

PARENTING FROM GRACE WITH JEANNE CATHERINE ~ A weekend for parents (doggy parents are welcome, too) who spend time ruminating, worrying or fearful about taking care of another human being. Find out more here.

BREAKING YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION eCOURSE ~ My friends, Wendy and Megan have put together a delicious e-course about creating balance around eating sugar. They are both dietary professionals and offer all kinds of resources that have helped me look more carefully and kindly about when I reach for the chocolate. You can get more information here.

MY OTHER BLOG: A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS ~ Words and paragraphs and essays and drawings and photographs (phone camera only!) about gratitude, beauty, mindfulness and art. Please join me there!

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

Susan sig

unclench toes and heart

*** 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. What you find below is exactly what I used in class. ***

Monday, Sep 7, 2015, 1045am ~ Root (Agolo with Mary Linn)

The White Spirit 5:20 Uman
Idje-Idje 5:52 Angelique Kidjo
Letitgo 5:36 Prince
Agolo 4:50 Angelique Kidjo
Adouma 4:29 Angelique Kidjo
Find Your Way 5:42 Dionne Farris
2 Funky 4:50 Candy Dulfer
Unsquare Dance 2:42 Tony Face Big Roll Band
Rock This House 3:07 B.B. King & Elton John
Jamming 5:24 Candy Dulfer
Houngbati 4:44 Angelique Kidjo
Hit the Ground 3:31 Lizz Wright 1
stillpoint 6:07 Gabrielle Roth and The Mirrors

Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015, 840am and 535pm ~ Root (Agolo with Mary Linn)

The White Spirit 5:20 Uman
Idje-Idje 5:52 Angelique Kidjo
Letitgo 5:36 Prince
Agolo 4:50 Angelique Kidjo
Adouma 4:29 Angelique Kidjo
Find Your Way 5:42 Dionne Farris
2 Funky 4:50 Candy Dulfer
Jamming 5:24 Candy Dulfer
Houngbati 4:44 Angelique Kidjo
Stillpoint 6:02 Gabrielle Roth and The Mirrors

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015, 11am ~ Root (Su-Golo: my adaptations of Agolo choreography)

Say 3:51 John Mayer
Idje-Idje 5:52 Angelique Kidjo
Freedom 6:31 George Michael
Agolo 4:50 Angelique Kidjo
Say Hey (I Love You) (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 3:56 Michael Franti
Adouma 4:29 Angelique Kidjo
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Voulez Vous Cousez 4:25 Moulin Rouge 2 Funky choreo
Move On Up (feat. Bono & John Legend) 3:13 Angélique Kidjo
Jamming 5:24 Candy Dulfer
In Your Eyes 5:26 Peter Gabriel
Hit the Ground 3:31 Lizz Wright
Iemanjá 4:24 Angélique Kidjo

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015, 840am ~ Root (Su-Golo: my adaptations of Agolo choreography & Happy 80th Birthday to Mary Oliver)

Say 3:51 John Mayer
Idje-Idje 5:52 Angelique Kidjo
Freedom 6:31 George Michael
Agolo 4:50 Angelique Kidjo
Say Hey (I Love You) (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 3:56 Michael Franti
Adouma 4:29 Angelique Kidjo
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) 4:16 Jason Mraz
Voulez Vous Cousez 4:25 Moulin Rouge
Jamming 5:24 Candy Dulfer
In Your Eyes 5:26 Peter Gabriel
Hit the Ground 3:31 Lizz Wright

when I am among the trees 1

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

“When I Am Among the Trees” by Mary Oliver, from Thirst. © Beacon Press, 2006.

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!

Elizabeth Truslow 2015In Blackwater Woods
by Mary Oliver

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
everything
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

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