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In other words, miracles are all around us and often, we just don’t even notice. Instead, we watch TV or play on our phones or whatever else we do that gets in the way of us seeing. The practice is to notice. Notice your body. Notice what you overlooked yesterday. Notice what connects and creates and loves. Practice noticing.

You can find this week’s Noticing playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:
Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed … Is On Its Way!
I’m excited to be taking advance orders on my web site NOW! (And thank you to the dozens of you who have already placed orders! Wow! Nearly a third of the books that will be arriving are spoken for!) If you haven’t yet, you can go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer. You will then have access to discount codes for free shipping and reduced prices on books between now and September 9.

Cville Dance Co-Op: Sweet September with Susan on Sun, Sep 2, 1015am-1215pm
September is perhaps my favorite month in Virginia. Sun and air and space to breathe. I’ll be offering favorite music both new and old and holding the space for the Cville Dance Co-op on Sunday, September 2 from 10:15am-12:15pm at Common Ground in the Jefferson School.
The Co-op http://www.cvilledancecoop.com/who-we-are/ is a substance free, non-verbal, barefoot, 115 minutes of free style dance. No steps to learn, no teacher, nothing but what’s flowing and moving in your own body. It’s as simple as that. Come breathe it all in.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Sep 2: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, full-on dancing from 10:30 until noon, then closing circle (come for the whole time!)
What to bring: Water bottle, comfortable clothes, optional donation for Common Ground
You can RSVP or ask questions at the Facebook event here.

Buddha Cat Art & Book Exhibit Reception on Friday, September 14, 6-730pm
A selection of drawings and mixed media pieces including some from the Buddha Cat book will be displayed at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church’s Deese Hall September 1-30. A reception for Buddha Cat and More: Mixed-media Drawings and Book will be held there on Friday, September 14 from 6-730pm. Please join us to celebrate art, community, delight and insight.

Free 3-Part training series of videos from Cecily Armstrong
For the past several months, Cecily Armstrong has been helping me on a healing process that has changed my relationship with food, my body and myself. Her work has helped me get a deeper understanding of nutrition and intuitive connection to what my body-self really needs and wants. She is deeply grounded in the science of nutrition as well as energy healing and other healing modalities. Now she is offering a 3-part training series called: Decoding your body’s wisdom; Stop second-guessing what to do with your diet to look and feel amazing. Please follow this link to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

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

Monday, Aug 20, 2018, 1045am ~ Noticing (or The Color Purple)

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 3:17 Aretha Franklin
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Pay Attention 4:20 Pomplamoose
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Think 2:18 Aretha Franklin
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Purple Rain 3:59 Urselle
Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness 7:31 Shpongle

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018, 840am ~ Noticing (or The Color Purple)

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 3:17 Aretha Franklin
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Nostalgia Worship 6:46 Bassnectar
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Think 2:18 Aretha Franklin
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Purple Rain 3:59 Urselle 9
Slip Into Something More Comfortable 4:48 Kinobe

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2017, 11am ~ Noticing (or The Color Purple)

I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) 2:44 Aretha Franklin
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (feat. Keith Richards) 5:06 Aretha Franklin
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Purple Rain 3:59 Urselle
With or Without You 4:51 2CELLOS
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Thursday, Aug 23, 2017, 840am ~ Noticing (or The Color Purple)

I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) 2:44 Aretha Franklin
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (feat. Keith Richards) 5:06 Aretha Franklin
Start Wearing Purple 3:43 Gogol Bordello
Purple Rain 3:59 Urselle
With or Without You 4:51 2CELLOS
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

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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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eye energy looking at skyEyes can give energy…

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eyes can take energy away…

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. – Jim Carrey

How we use the eyes dramatically affects our movement … and our energy.

Consciously use the eyes in three ways: SPLIT, ELLIPT, BLEND

Sometimes, SPLIT and separate from the other.
Sometimes, ELLIPT into the other to deeply connect.
Sometimes, BLEND, staying connected to self & sensation while still connected to the other.

All are helpful sometimes. The key is knowing which you’re doing and which is needed.

OBR 2“People only see what they are prepared to see.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 When my friend, Mimi Steele, told me about the One Billion Rising campaign to stop violence against women around the world, I was dumbfounded by the statistics:  one in three women in the course of their lifetimes will be beaten or raped.  Honestly, I had no idea.  Or more honestly, I never really paid close enough attention to realize how ubiquitous abuse really is.  (I wrote yesterday about a rude awakening at my kitchen table.)

When presented with a problem of such global and cultural proportions, an issue which is condoned by many governments and religions, it can feel like too much for me.  I tend to either look away or feel overwhelmed and despair.  I see now that this isn’t an abstract problem that is happening (only) in African tribes, but something that affects women I know and love right here where I live.  At the very least, I need to have the courage to have the conversation.  To ask the questions and to ask for help.  By taking the issue out of the newspapers and bringing it to our kitchen tables, we connect rather than isolate.  Together, we can make choices for positive change (in ourselves and in the world) and to take care of ourselves and each other.

 “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.  Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land.  There is no other land, there is no other life but this.”  ~ Henry David Thoreau

The practice of Nia speaks directly to this need for strength and courage.  I believe that physical health and well-being  is directly connected with our ability to think clearly and act courageously.   Nia strengthens every part of the body, including the heart, with natural, unstylized movements.  Instead of repetitively jumping, bouncing or pounding the body, Nia offers Principle 7:  The Three Planes of Movement and Intensity Levels.  By changing the position of the heart in relationship to the floor – sometimes low, sometimes in the middle, others up high – the heart is naturally and powerfully strengthened.  By making personal choices in every moment regarding the intensity of our movements, we are empowering ourselves to move in a way that is both challenging and healing.

As Debbie Rosas, the co-founder of The Nia Technique, writes about Principle 7:

“The Three Planes of Movement teach you to create elegant whole-body motions as you ride the waves of ‘up’ and ‘down.’ Moving and dancing in all three planes creates rich, comprehensive actions that tone, strengthen, and stretch your body as a whole, instead of in isolated parts. The Three Intensity Levels provide the freedom to personalize your movement, putting you in charge of how much or how little you do, while guiding you to push into new levels of conditioning and potential. This allows you to get the most out of everything you put in!”

The Body’s Way and the practice of Nia strengthen the heart.  The practice also reminds us that our lives and choices are all connected – within us and around us.

 “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin

The root of the word “courage” is “coeur” — French for heart.  The heart of strength is courage and the center of courage is heart.  Dictionary.com’s definition notwithstanding, I believe that courage does not mean fearlessness.  Courage is the willingness to persevere despite threat, danger or fear.  And that willingness takes heart.

For me, my practice is a reminder that my life, however blessed, is not isolated from those who are suffering.  Interconnection is The Body’s Way and it is dharma:  the way things are.  The One Billion Rising routine is an invitation to sense the interconnections in our bodies, to feel the strengthening of our hearts and to engage our courage to face what is wrong.  As a beloved minister, Wayne Arnason, wrote:

Take courage, friends.
The way is often hard, the path is never clear,
and the stakes are very high.
Take courage,
For deep down, there is another truth:
you are not alone.

This week, whether we are dancing together or just spinning together on the planet, may we cultivate our own strength, nourish our courage, and be reminded of our connection.  This is so important.  Whether you are a woman or a man.  Whether you have been a victim of violence or not.  I would so love to hear your thoughts on this.  Please share a comment below!

Happy Valentine’s and One Billion Rising Week!

If you need help or if you want to help, please see the list of resources on the One Billion Rising page on the Helpful Info menu to the right.

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