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The first time I heard this Ram Dass quote, my mind was blown. And the more I practice it, the more I get it…and then usually immediately forget it. What if the best (and even ONLY) way for me to show up for other people and the world is to show up for, heal and work on myself. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me. I’m grateful for the reminder.

You can find this week’s Showing Up 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 ~ My First Book!
I’m excited to announce that Buddha Cat is just about ready to go to the printer! After months of the creative process, I’m now embarking on the adventure of production and then spreading the word! Will you join me to help spread some insight and delight with Buddha Cat? Please go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer and I’ll send you updates on publication, discounts and other special goodies! Even better: share this with a friend or two and send the ripple out even further!

Cville Dance Co-Op: The Groove Is You with Susan ~ Sunday, Jul 1 2018, 1015am-1215pm
How often to we look outside ourselves for wisdom, guidance, direction? What if it’s all an inside job? What if the vibrations in the music are only a reflection of your unique energy? What if the groove is you?
I’ll be offering music with that groovy focus and holding the space for the Cville Dance Co-op on Sunday, July 1 from 10:15-12:15noon 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. The groove is you. I hope you’ll join us.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Jul 1: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, entrance locks at 10:45am, dancing 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.

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 http://cecilyarmstrong.com/decodebodywisdom/ to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

July 4th Nia with Susan & Mary Linn ~ Weds, Jul 4, 11am/strong>
Join Susan & Mary Linn for a celebration of creativity and healing in a special Nia class on the 4th at acac Albemarle Square from 11am to 1215pm! Spend part of the holiday with yourself, your body and some extremely cool people.

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jul 6!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jul 6 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Jun 25, 2018, 1045am ~ Showing Up

Fireflies 3:31 Mofro
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Shine On 3:43 Eric Bibb
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Beautiful Domination 5:59 Bob Holroyd
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018, 840am ~ Showing Up

Fireflies 3:31 Mofro
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
The Groove Is You (feat. Al Agami & Hush Forever) 6:27 Deep Dive Corp.
Beautiful Domination 5:59 Bob Holroyd
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2017, 11am ~ Showing Up

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
Shine On 3:43 Eric Bibb
Holy War 4:22 Alicia Keys
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Summer Morning Rain 3:52 Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson

Thursday, Jun 28, 2017, 840am ~ Showing Up

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
Shine On 3:43 Eric Bibb
Holy War 4:22 Alicia Keys
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Summer Morning Rain 3:52 Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson

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Now is where it's at 071816

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.

“The best way to prepare for the next pose is to fully be in this one.”
~ Kelly Stine, Yoga and Life Instructor

Live in the present moment. Be here now.

These are not new ideas.

Spiritual teachers have been inviting us into the present for eons. From before Buddha to Ram Das to Eckhart Tolle and to the body itself, the great teachers are calling us to Now.

The mind can get caught up in the slippery nature of now but not the body. The body thrives in now’s spacious, flowing and constant change. When the mind wants to wander to past and future, here are 5 ways to reconnect to now.

Now ~

1. Feel your body. The most direct way to be present is to feel the physical sensation that is happening in this moment. And you can do this in any place, time and situation. Just feel whatever sensations you are aware of: your feet on the floor, your butt in the chair, your heart beating, your breath flowing. If the moment is challenging and sensation feels indistinct, just wiggle your toes!

2. Use your senses. All of the senses bring you into the now, too. Stop and listen to whatever sounds are arising. Smell and taste, especially, when eating and drinking but at other times, too. What does the conference room smell like? Or your car? Or, of course, the flowers! Swallow and taste your own mouth. Look with curiosity especially at familiar objects and scenes.

3. Sense for details. The mind can get tricky with sensation. As soon as it feels something, it can attach a story (Oh, man, I must have overdone it in the garden and that’s why my back hurts) or a fear (I’ve hurt my ankle, and now I won’t be able to dance at the wedding!) or a plan (I should put ice on this and call the doctor and cancel my classes). Instead of all that, simply feel what is actually happening: does it feel tight or tingly? achy or hot? pulsing or numb? See how much detail you can sense.

Past ~

4. Memory Now. Of course, memory is essential and we all think about things that have happened in the past. When you find yourself thinking about something from the past, rather than spinning the story, feel what that memory feels like now. Does your stomach get tight? Does heart beat faster? Do your eyes well up? Ground memory in now.

Future ~

5. Future Now. Similarly, we all have to spend time planning and looking forward into the future. Instead of letting the mind get carried away with all the great things that will happen after you get that job or all the terrible things that happen if you don’t, feel what that dream/plan/fear feels like right now. Again, your mind may get tricky with calculations and research (which may well be important and necessary) but let Now weigh in, too. Before making a decision, feel what it feels like now.

My version of my yoga teacher’s quote is “the best way to prepare for the future or process the past is to be fully present now.”