Tag Archives: Pema Chodron

The world is shifting. My world. Your world. All of it. As it always is, it’s unclear what will stay and what will burn away, what will crumble and what will stand. As I it shifts, I want to move with it and make space for what needs to happen. I am, then, shifting my online teaching schedule from seven classes a week to four: Nourishing Movement on Mondays, Dharma Dance or All Out All You Movement Parties on Fridays, and Restorative Yoga on Wednesdays and Sundays (Minimal Props and Nesting Props, respectively). For my own health and energy and for the space to allow change to happen, let’s keep moving together while we are apart.

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.”
~Pema Chodron

My mind loves – and I mean LOVES – the idea of certainty. My planning, projecting, forecasting mind loves nothing more than to be sure about what is going to happen. Of course, my mind being in love with certainty is like me being in love with Don Cheadle: it’s a nice fantasy, but it’s not based on anything real.

Leo Babauta, author of one of my favorite blogs, ZenHabits, writes intelligently about this (find his complete post here):

Normally, we seek ground: some kind of control or permanence. The routines and systems, the hardened opinions about how life should be and how others should act, the comfort foods and distractions, any kind of semblance of certainty and comfort. It’s why we procrastinate, put off healthy habits, get angry at others’ behavior, and feel so much anxiety.
What if, instead, we could embrace the groundlessness?
What if we didn’t have to run, but instead learned that it is a beautiful thing?
What if we opened up to its spaciousness, its deliciousness?

Uncertainty can make us want to grip, tighten or freeze but it can also offer the possibility of freedom and wonder at the possibilities. In today’s Nourishing Movement practice, we’ll anchor attention on the arms and legs and feel fully alive and awake as we reach out, step back, hold close, and run toward our lives. Find the video here.

~~~ Music Credits ~~~
Title song for Dancing Water Daily:

Kate’s Waltz 3:44 Bad Snacks, YouTube Audio Library

Mon, Jun 29, 2020 ~ Dancing Water Practice ~ Nourishing Movement: Moving in Uncertainty
Lazy Boy Blues 4:36 Unicorn Heads YouTube Audio Library
Liberation 4:31 Asher Fulero YouTube Audio Library
Light_Expanse 8:42 Unicorn Heads YouTube Audio Library
Sugar Soul 4:53 Bruno E. YouTube Audio Library
Cognative Dissonance – Electronic Medium 4:48 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library
Exit the Premises 3:30 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library
Mia 5:00 Jeremy Blake YouTube Audio Library
Intractable 4:28 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library
Dhaka 4:08 Kevin MacLeod YouTube Audio Library

THIS WEEK’S DANCING WATER PRACTICES ~ Moving in Uncertainty & Groundlessness
Monday Jun 29 ~ NEW CLASS! Nourishing Movement: Moving in Uncertainty ~ find it here
Tuesday Jun 30 11am ~ Archive Dive! Choose from nearly 90 archived classes + Meditations on Uncertainty on Insight Timer!
Wednesday Jul 1 ~ NEW CLASS! Moon River Restorative Yoga: Being with Uncertainty (Minimal Props)
Thursday Jul 2 ~ Archive Dive! Choose from nearly 90 archived classes!
Friday Jul 3 ~ NEW CLASS! Dharma Dance: Moving in Groundlessness
Saturday Jul 4 ~ Archive Dive! Choose from nearly 90 archived classes!
Sunday Jul 5 ~ NEW CLASS! Moon River Restorative: Being with Groundlessness (Nesting Props)
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